Set up this Pin the Nose on the Reindeer free printable game for the family, and see who can place Rudolph’s nose back in the correct place! A festive twist on a classic game, this printable is easy to set up and lots of fun to play!
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Pin the Nose on the Reindeer
Pin the Tail on the Donkey is a classic childhood game where you are blindfolded and then have to attach the donkey’s tail in the correct place. I remember playing it at parties when I was a kid. Showing my age I’m sure!
I also remember (at my 6th birthday party!) that my dad made his own version using a music poster with a tiger bursting out of a wall… and we had to pin the chicken drumstick in the tiger’s mouth! Hilarious!
When my son was little, he loved dinosaurs, so for one of his birthday parties, I made a giant dinosaur – combining several smaller printed sheets of paper – and then stuck them all together and covered it in sticky back plastic to protect it. The kids then had to pin the leaf into the dinosaur’s mouth!
Now, how does that story relate to my free printable Pin the Nose on the Reindeer game? Well, the method that I did for that giant dinosaur, is the same method for this giant reindeer printable!
And it certainly is giant compared with my other free printables! It is divided up between 9 sheets of paper and when everything is put together, it is around 80cm/30″ high.
Craft Supplies You Will Need
You will need some of the following supplies – some are optional and personal preference.
- Paper Trimmer – this will make cutting the excess strips from each page a breeze – and keep them nice and straight too.
- Scissors – for cutting out the red noses.
- Roller Glue – I found this the easiest way to stick all the pieces together.
- Sticky Tape – you could use tape instead of glue if you like.
- Foamboard (optional) – stick the finished reindeer to a piece of foamboard to keep the creases at bay when storing.
- Sticky Back Plastic (optional) – if you want to make your finished reindeer last longer you can cover it with clear sticky back plastic. Two pairs of hands are better than one in this situation.
- Blu-Tack – sticky tack/white tack/mounting putting – whatever you call it in your country, to “pin” the noses to the reindeer when playing the game.
How To Use Printable
Downloads are further down the page and surrounded by a purple box.
As with pretty much all my printables I’ve provided two paper sizes – A4 and US Letter (8.5″ x 11″) – use which size is appropriate for your printer.
There is some assembly work needed for this reindeer game printable and I am going to do my best to talk you through it with a diagram to illustrate the steps.
- There are 9 sheets of paper that make up this printable. Each page has a different section of the reindeer.
- Because of printer margins, you will have to cut the edges from some of the pages so that they can fit together properly.
- You can cut around the outline of the reindeer too if you like, but I personally left the pages “whole”. I’ll leave the option up to you!
- Before cutting any of the pages lay them out as in the diagram below so that you know which piece goes where.
I found that using a glue roller was the easiest way to stick everything together by trimming one piece of paper and laying it over the uncut edge of the sheet of paper next to it. I know that sounds really wordy, but the only way I can explain it.
- Using the diagram above, cut away the excess margin on the sides marked with an ‘X’. Use a paper trimmer to make straight, clean cuts.
- With the edges cut, it’s now time to stick them together.
- I’ve numbered some of the sheets in the diagram as S1, S2, S3, etc., stick them together in that order.
- So stick the left sheet of the top row to the middle sheet, and then the right sheet of the top row to the middle sheet.
- Follow that with the center sheet, then the ones on either side.
- Repeat with the bottom row – middle first, followed by the left and right sides.
- Take your time to line up each piece. (Unlike me where I placed the bottom right page slightly off.)
- Once all the pieces have been put together, you can mount it on a piece of foamboard (or a piece of cardboard if you can find a piece big enough).
- You can reinforce the joins at the back with sticky tape if you wish.
- So that the reindeer lasts longer and can be used time and time again, you can cover it with clear sticky back plastic. You will probably need someone to help with that part. My advice is to go slowly and in small sections so as to not get a ton of air bubbles and creases.
- Finally cut the red noses out and you are ready to play!
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Download Pin the Nose on the Reindeer Printable
- Reindeer Game Printable – A4 Size
- Reindeer Game Printable – US Letter Size
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How To Play
- Mark the point on Rudolph’s face (with an X) where the nose should be to determine the winner.
- Each person gets a red nose and a piece of Blu-Tack (or whatever it is called in your part of the world)
- Take it in turns to stick the nose the reindeer – but make sure the person is blindfolded first.
- The person who gets the nose in the correct place (or the closest) is the winner!
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