A selection of blindfold games and team building activities with blindfolds and blindfold goggles and problem solving activities using blindfolds. We hope you find these blindfold games useful.
Safety should be the number one priority when using blindfold games. Prior to any blindfold game activity a site specific risk assessment should be carried out by a competent individual and approved by your health and safety officer. Blindfold games activities should be run by individuals with appropriate training and approved by your health and safety officer. Blindfold games activities should take place where there are no hazards such as hard objects or sharp corners. Blindfold games activities should take place on grass or other soft surfaces. During blindfold games activities no one should move quicker than slow walking pace. A facilitator should be in attendance at all times to ensure that rules are followed and that there are no hazards.
This is a great way to develop trust and communication, sometimes called Trust Walks. One person is blindfolded and their partner is sighted. The person takes the other for a walk by holding their hand or arm and talking to them as they go. This activity with blindfolds can progress by:
- Making the route they take more complex with regards to turns and twists
- Low level obstacles to step over can be incorporated such as paper markers
- The contact between the partners can be reduced for example contact only with one finger or perhaps verbal communication only
The sighted partner is there to provide safety and support for the person ensuring that they follow a safe route.
This blindfold games activity works well early on in a session as an introduction or an icebreaker.
Blindfold rope line
Lay a thin rope line out on the grass. Use a rope about 10m long. Players are blindfolded one at a time and are challenged to walk the line. More points for getting further, losing points every time they step on the ground other than on the line.
For this blindfold games activity mark an area of about 10m by 10m on grass with string or hazard tape. Randomly spread out 30 paper balls. (A sheet of a4 scrumpled up into a ball works well.)
Group members are paired up. One is the Robot and the other is the Director. The Robot is blindfolded and is in the zone, the Director is sighted and stands just outside the zone. You could have up to four Robots in the zone at any one time thought it works well with just two.
To score points the Director directs the Robot to the balls of paper (walking only, no running). They pick these up and then are directed to throw them (underarm only) at the other Robots. If they hit then the pair gets a point.
Each game can last 5 minutes. The pair with the most points wins. Experience
says that you need a referee to keep score and to ensure that balls are
thrown gently and robots move slowly for safety purposes. Have fun.
One person sits on the floor and round them are a number of items, some small, some larger, all interesting and nothing heavier than a football. The rest of the group stand at the edge of the room. Once the person sitting has put on a blindfold, then other group members take it in turns to try to retrieve an object. If they make noise and the person with blindfold hears them, then the blindfolded person points to them and says 'heard you', if they point at a person then that persons turn ends and it is on to the next person. Either let the game run till all the objects are gone or until an appropriate length of time has passed, say 10 minutes. Then another person, perhaps the one who retrieved the most objects, is selected to sit in the middle and be blindfolded and the blindfold game continues.
Circle of Silence (with Blindfolds)
Great with groups of around 10 to 20. Group to stand in an inward facing circle with an arms length between each person. One person is given an object that if jarred will make a noise, a large tin with a few marbles in it works really well. The tin must be passed from one person to the next as quietly as they can. One of the group wears a blindfold and asked to stand in the middle of the circle. Their aim is to listen out for the noise of the tin and marbles. If they hear it they should point to where the noise comes from. Whoever made the noise takes the place of the person in the middle of the group.
For this blindfold game a marker is put on a clear space of grass. A person wears a blindfold and is then given a route to follow away from the mark. At the end of the route they are to retrace their steps. Then the blindfold is removed. The closer they are to the start point the better. Progression in this task is to make the route more complex for example start with 10 steps forward. The next route may be 5 steps forward and 5 steps to the left and so on. Works best with delegates working in pairs, one with blindfold and one sighted to check they don't go to far off track and to be beside them to give a steadying hand.
Blindfold Hide and Seek
Mark an area on grass with a rope. If there were 10 people in the group then the size of the area would be 15m square (ie 1 and a half times the number in the group). Up to 12 is a good group size. One of the group is sighted and hides in the square. The rest of the group wear blindfolds. The rest of the group must find the sighted person.
A good progression in this blindfold games activity is to allow the sighted person to move. Typically this will need the blindfolded players to work together.
Blindfold games team building activity, great for groups of around 4 people.
Use a simple tent. Give the group time to familiarise themselves with the tent and to put it up once or twice. Then put the tent in its bag and blindfold the whole group. Now the challenge is to put the tent up.
Works well as a competition between groups in which case the teams can
be scored on time and how well the tent is put up.
Sheep and Shepherd
For a group of up to 12. Use a large open grass space free from any obstructions or hazards. Using rope laid on the ground mark out a pen. Select one team member to be the shepherd. Everyone else will take the role of sheep. The shepherd has to get the sheep in the pen. The shepherd is to stay in one place in the centre of the field and may only clap or whistle. The sheep wear blindfolds and are scattered around the field and may only make sheep noises. Before putting blindfolds in place give the team time to plan how they are going to use these sounds to achieve the task. Allow up to 30 minutes for the activity.
Blindfolds line up
Height order - For a group of up to 12. Blindfold everyone in the group then ask them to line up in height order.
Birthday order - Blindfold everyone, then same as above but in birthday order.
Alphabetic order - Blindfold everyone, then same as above but in order of first name. Afterwards it could be by surname.
Shoe size order - Blindfold everyone for this blindfold game, then same as above but in order of shoe size.
Mark out a trail with rope. The trail should include areas of sensory interest such as over grass, over soft floor mats, under a crawl net. Blindfold all members of the group then ask them to follow the rope staying together as a group by holding the back of the coat of the person in front of them. Great blindfold game.
For this blindfold games use a large loop of rope, about 30m works well. A team of between 4 and 6 individuals should be asked to lay this loop on the ground in a specific shape such as a square or circle whilst all of them are blindfolded and in contact with the rope. For younger groups give them 20 minutes planning time and time for a couple of dry runs, all without blindfolds. For older groups just set them the task.
This works really well with squares, triangles are a bit harder. For older groups then using a longer rope and asking them to make two shapes with the same rope at the same time raises the level of challenge.
Lay a large number of soft objects to be avoided on a grassed area. Amongst them place some soft objects to be retrieved. The in each pair one person is blindfolded and must be guided by the other to retrieve the targets without touching any of the mines. Easiest if the person doing the guiding can touch the other persons hand. Harder if they may only talk to them, harder again if the person guiding is on the edge of the blindfold games area.
This blindfold game works well with groups of 10 and larger. Divide the group into subteams and give each sub team an animal type. Now ask every one to mingle together and then find their own space. Everyone should put blindfolds on at this point and on your signal to make the sound of their animal and find other people of the same type. Eventually everyone should end up with their own subteam. Can be used at the start of an event to form teams by giving everyone a piece of paper with their animal type written on it.
Basic blindfold game- a leader calls out an object to be drawn, group members each have to draw that item while wearing blindfolds.
Complex blindfold games - The leader is given a complex shape drawn with straight lines. They must communicate this shape to a drawer who is wearing a blindfold and get them to recreate the shape.
Blindfold 'what is it'
Another blindfold game. Get the group sitting on the floor. Blindfold them. Give a box of items to the group leader and ask them to describe one at a time until all objects are identified by the group. The leader may not say the name of the object.
Voice in the Dark
One team member is seated and blindfolded. Other group members, one at a time, say a short message to the person wearing the blindfold using a disguised voice. The aim of the person blindfolded is to gues would is talking.
And of course not forgetting the most traditional blindfold games:
One person wears a blindfold and must find other members of the group. This blindfold game is best used in a well defined area.
Pin the Tail on the Donkey
Using a large picture or outline drawing of a donkey, each group member takes turns to pin a tail made of string on the donkey while wearing a blindfold. Start the individual about 3 metres from the drawing. Very traditional blindfold game.
Egg and Spoon Race with Blindfolds!
On grass, lay out a start and finish line with rope or tape. Contestants
work in pairs, the person with the egg and spoon wearing the blindfold.
The sighted person guides them down the course. Soft obstacles can make
the game a bit harder. Great blindfold games alternative.