'Blindfold shapes' is a great team related outdoor activity suitable for young children of all abilities. The aim of blindfold shapes is to focus on listening to others and feel where the group want to go when creating a shape. This allows children to better understand each other and also have empathy with others who have lost their sight.

Resources

  • Rope
  • Blindfolds

Explanation

Blindfold the group and give them a rope, which has been connected together to form a circle. They will need to make a shape with the rope and lay it on the ground. They can try without blindfolds to make a few shapes, then one they have completed this task get them all to try a different shape whilst wearing blindfolds. You could then ask the group to make various shapes like; a circle, a triangle, a rectangle, a square, an oval, an octagon, or a star.

Alternately to make this task easier, there can be one sighted person who can give verbal instructions to the rest of the team. This encourages team work, leadership, communication, and cooperation skills.

Safety Tips

Check the ground for trip hazards before you start. Keep a couple of sighted people as spotters for each group.