Game name (and type): 'Pin the Tail on the Donkey' (seeking game)
Alternative types: blindfold games

Handwritten description of the party game 'Pin the Tail on the Donkey' written for Dr Dorothy Howard by G. Black, a student at Double View Government Primary School, probably on 25 March 1955. Black describes 'Pin the Tail on the Donkey' as a party game which can be played by as many as twenty-four children. The author lists the required materials which include an image of a donkey posted on a wall and a number of tails with pins. To play, children are blindfolded and spun in circles before attempting to pin the tail onto the donkey.

One of a collection of letters describing a children's games written to children's Folklorist Dorothy Howard between 1954 and 1955. Dr Howard came to Australia in 1954-55 as an American Fulbright scholar to study Australian children's folklore. She travelled across Australia for 10 months collecting children's playground rhymes, games, play artefacts, etc. This letter, together with the other original fieldwork collected by Dr Howard during this period, is preserved in the Dorothy Howard Collection manuscript files, part of the Australian Children's Folklore Collection (ACFC), Archive Series 3. The ACFC is an extensive collection documenting children's folklore and related research.

Physical Description

Handwritten game description in pencil on lined paper. Features borders ruled in red pencil; text written on one side only.

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