Have you heard of Pin The Tail On The Donkey? Well, if not, then let us tell you about this amazing party game that will make your little ones smile on their birthday!
It’s easy to dissect what the game involves from the title. You quite literally pin the tail of a donkey onto the donkey’s body. Simple, and SO much fun!
Nowadays, there are lots and lots of party games. In fact, most of the time, kids rarely actually play real life games…
With the rise of gaming parties where friends meet online, and play tournaments today of the popular game Fortnite, or travel to another town in Animal Crossing.
Don’t get us wrong, video games are awesome! Especially, when the world is experiencing a global pandemic and there are still uncertainties, and anxieties about meeting up in groups.
That being said, if you’re holding a small party for your children, and you want a game that gets them active and off the phone screens, then Pin The Tail On The Donkey is for YOU!
How To Prepare For Pin The Tail On The Donkey
If you’re intrigued by this classic game, then you’ll need a few resources to prepare the game. Let’s start with the donkey…
- Print out a photo of a donkey, or better yet, make your own! Just make sure the size of the paper is big enough (A3 is perfect!), and let your creativity flow.
- Create the tail from cardboard, a balloon, any material that can be attached to the paper (velvet is super for this!).
- A blindfold for the guest who is trying to pin the tail. Again, you can buy one, or make one from an old scarf, or piece of material!
If you want to make your own donkey, but don’t know where to start. Then, don’t worry! You can find some crafting ideas here
As a parent, organisation is everything, right?!
That’s why, another important part of the preparation process is making sure every guest has their own tail. Kids can be protective of their things, and it’s crucial to give every guest their own tail to avoid any little tears at the birthday party…
You can label each tail just to be extra sure that the guests don’t lose their own tail in the midst of party balloons, and birthday cake!
Now that we’ve covered the planning part of Pin The Tail On The Donkey, let’s talk about how to play the game…
How To Play Pin The Tail On The Donkey
Once everyone has their individual tail, line the little ones up and the first person steps up to the poster. You can pin the donkey poster anywhere, just make sure it’s the right height for the children!
Then, blindfold the child and check that they can’t peek through the blindfold.
Next, spin them around a few times. And, let them walk forward to try and find the donkey!
It’s a super simple, and an easy DIY party game but it never fails to create some excitement, and fun at a birthday party.
The kids will LOVE it!
Although, even though the original game is for a donkey, we live in the 21st Century and things have changed…
So, traditional party games have also changed!
Pin The Tail On The Donkey variations
Here are some variations of Pin The Tail On The Donkey. However, the general rules, and preparation still apply no matter what the theme!
1. Pin The Bug On The Flower
For example, you can pin the bumble bee, or the fly. It’s a great variation for spring, and summer!
2. Pin The Horn On The Unicorn
This one has definitely become the most popular type of pin the tail game. It’s colourful, and magical! What’s not to love about Pin The Horn On The Unicorn?
3. Pin The Tail On The Rabbit
Again, the same general idea applies to this one. Just make a bunny and your own fluffy tail!
4. Pin The Tail On The Zebra
If you don’t want a donkey, or a rabbit, then why not a zebra?!
5. Pin The Tail On Rudolph
If you’re having a party near Christmas, you can incorporate some Christmas themes!
6. Pin The Beard On Santa
Another idea for Christmas themed parties!
7. Hello Kitty Pin Game
You can pin the bow in Hello Kitty’s hair!
8. Pin The Nose On The Snowman
A fun, winter variation!
9. Pin The Eye On The Monster
You can get creative and draw your own monster…
All the kids have to do is pin the eye on it!
10. Pin The Wing On The Plane
If your child likes planes, then this one will be a great variation of Pin The Tail On The Donkey!
There’s also some great Disney themed pin the tail games…
11. Pin The Eye On Mike
This one is amazing for all those little Monsters Inc fans!
12. Pin The Nose On Olaf
Olaf, as in Olaf from Frozen. It’s adorable, and a HUGE hit amongst the small kids!
13. Pin The Crown On The Princess
This is ideal for all the Cinderella fans.
14. Pin The Hat On Woody
For the Toy Story fans, try this one!
A few more tips
Make Sure To Take Lots Of Photos And Create Memories!
There are many different ways to play Pin The Tail On The Donkey, whether it be a donkey, or a rabbit. The game is a timeless hit amongst kids!
However, like with all birthday parties, the most important part is always having fun.
So, don’t forget to take out your camera when the young ones are playing, and take lots of photos!
Create memories, and capture special moments.
If you enjoyed this blog post, make sure to let your friends know about this wonderful party game!
We’re sure you’ll be able to make something beautiful from all those useful tools, and materials lying around your house with a little help from our blog.
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