How to Make a Pin the Tail on the Donkey

Updated August 08, 2017

Pin the tail on the donkey is a popular children's game that's ideal for birthday parties, the classroom or even a lazy Saturday afternoon. Each player receives a paper tail. Blindfold each player and let him try to place the tail on the right spot on the donkey's body after a few dizzying spins. The player who pins the tail closest to the correct spot wins. With a few art supplies commonly found at home, you can easily create your own version.

Draw the side view of a donkey on a large sheet of plain white poster board. Take up as much space as you can to ensure the largest possible donkey. If you need help drawing a donkey, you can print out a template online, consult an online tutorial or purchase one in craft stores (see Resources).

Colour and decorate the donkey with markers. Get the children to help.

Attach the profile of the donkey to the pin board with thumbtacks. One thumbtack in each corner is enough to keep it in place.

Cut five pieces of ribbon or yarn, each measuring one foot. Glue one end of all five pieces together to make the donkey tail.

Glue the ribbon or yarn to a thumbtack to finish the tail. If you feel uncomfortable with thumbtacks, use a child-friendly alternative such as double-sided adhesive tape or sticky tack.


Make enough tails so each player has one. The tails will stay on the board until everyone has had a turn.


If you use thumbtacks, always keep an eye on young children while playing this game.

Things You'll Need

  • White poster board
  • Markers
  • Pin board
  • Thumbtacks
  • Scissors
  • Yarn or ribbon
  • Glue
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Wendy Rose Gould is a professional journalist who has contributed to "Glamour" magazine and the Huffington Post, among other publications. After internships at the "Indianapolis Business Journal," "Kiwanis International" and "NUVO Newsweekly," she earned BA degrees in journalism and philosophy from Franklin College in 2008. Gould specializes in lifestyle topics.