The Donkey and the Carrot
Snowed in? Dust off those old board games and re-live some childhood memories. Charlie Peverett has introduced his five-year-old daughter Daisy to his favourite childhood game, and it seems that it hasn’t lost any of its charm…
This game features four luridly coloured plastic donkeys and their quest to reach a mock-Tudor carrot store in a the middle of a field.
For some reason, these donkeys cannot go across the pasture, strewn with flowers, they have to build paths first. So you roll the die (not dice; die, DIE) and if you get a ‘curve’ or a ‘straight’ you can lay down the appropriate piece of pathway in front of your donkey.
If you roll a picture of carrot, you can start your donkey travelling down the path, which you need to link up with the bits just in front of the house. First donkey in wins.
There’s practically no skill involved, but my five-year-old daughter thinks it’s a brilliant game. And so did I when I was about her age.
The Donkey and the Carrot is available from all good tatty vintage boardgame sellers on eBay. Be sure to pay no more for the game itself than the cost of putting it in the post.
What was your favourite board game as a child?