Pin the Tail on the Donkey

with a missing tail is tacked to a wall within easy reach of children.citation
title=Pin the Tail on the Donkey
author=Joanna Cole
author2=Stephanie Calmenson
author3=Alan Tiegreen
publisher=Chronicle Books
year=2004
pages=8–9
isbn= 1587172305
] One at a time, each child is blindfolded and handed a paper "tail" with a push pin or thumbtack poked through it. The blindfolded child is then spun around until he or she is disoriented. The child gropes around and tries to pin the tail on the donkey. The player who pins their tail closest to the target, the donkey's rear, wins. The game, a group activity, is generally not competitive; "winning" is only of marginal importanceWhat|date=May 2008.

Pin the Tail on the Donkey is suitable for children who are old enough to walk and to know better than to eat the small sharp tacks. The game is also used in child development research. [ cite journal|title=Childhood Derivatives of Inhibition and Lack of Inhibition to the Unfamiliar|journal=Childhood Development|date=December 1988|first=Jerome|last=Kagan|coauthors=J. Steven Reznick, Nancy Snidman, Jane Gibbons and Maureen O. Johnson|volume=59|issue=6|pages=1580–1589|id= |url=|format=|accessdate=2008-05-28|doi=10.2307/1130672 ]

The game can also be played by teenagers and adults, especially if the "donkey" is replaced with depictions of something or someone else. As a drinking game, the person with the worst tail pinning is awarded one shot of a selected alcohol, to be determined by house rules or the loser in a friendly environmentFact|date=May 2008.

Idiomatically, the term can be used derisively for any assigned activity which is pointless or for which a person has been handicapped (blindfolded)Fact|date=May 2008.

ee also

*Fukuwarai (A similar Japanese game.)

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