This classic party game can be traced back to Victorian times (late 19th Century) and is one of the many ‘blind fold’ type of party games. The game is simple in that a large picture of a donkey (without a tail) is stuck to a wall. The party guests are then given tails with a pin (or sticky tape) and they have to attach the tail to the donkey in the appropriate place. To make the game interesting the quests are blindfolded and (optionally) spun around a couple of times before they attempt to ‘pin the tail on the donkey’.
There are many variations of this classic game, including a wonderful game for a Princess Party, called Kiss the Frog. This version involves the ‘princess’ being blind folded and placing kisses (small pictures of lips) on a picture of a frog. As with the original game there is no real winner as participating is its own reward although technically the person getting nearest the ‘target’ is the winner.
It is also possible to make your own version of this game, and this could be a party activity within itself. What you need is a large ‘target’ area and some small objects to pin. The objects (tails, kisses etc.) are numbered so that at the end of the game each person can see where their object is pinned. An example of a homemade version of this game would be to ‘Place the nose on Santa Claus’. All you need do is make, or have the kids make, a large drawing of Santa Clause and give out the numbered red red noses (with double sided sellotape on the back (much preferable to pins, especially for the young).
The beauty of this game is that you can adapt it to fit any themed party, Pirates (pin the patch), Halloween (pin the witches hat) etc.