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Pin the Tail on The Donkey

Party Game

Name of Game:

Pin the Tail on The Donkey


Party Game

Country of Origin:

UK,  Albania,  Peru,  Iran (where it is a cat)

Where did you learn it?:

At a party

How many players?:




Where is it played?:

Where there is a wall or a board to pin the image


You have a picture of a donkey, large enough to pin on a wall or a board (about 1metre long) - BUT, the donkey has no tail.

You can draw this simply, paint it in more detail or even buy one (this is less fun)


One by one participants are given a paper tail to pin on the donkey ( a cut out tail with a drawing pin or even a blob of blutack at the top end will do)


The participant is blindfolded, spun around, and then must try to get the tail in the right place.

One by one the tails are stuck and the tail which is nearest the correct position wins.


BUT the fun is more in the doing than the winning as your friends feel their way to putting the tail somewhere which might be quite incorrect


NB have one person making sure the blindfolded participant is safe while they search

How to play:

Picture of a donkey, several cut out tails - with means of attaching them, a blindfold

Materials Needed:

To be able to imagine the image and place the tail correctly

Aim of game:

How does it End?:

When all have tried

Average time needed to play:

10 minutes+

Age Range:

6 years +


Who Introduced us to it?: