You will need
- Natural materials (for example, leaves, twigs, feathers)
- Anything to make obstacles
Before you begin:
- Set a trail at least 30 metres long, with objects spaced out along the course.
- Tie ropes to mark out the trail, leading to the objects. Try changing the height of the rope for variation.
- The person leading the activity should explain that everyone will have a go at exploring the rope trail with a blindfold on. They will be interacting with the different objects that they find. They must not let go of the rope, but they can take as long as they need to fully explore.
- The person leading the activity should make sure everyone completes the activity in silence.
- Decide how many people can safely be on the trail at once. The first participants should put on blindfolds and go the start of the course.
- Set the participants going along the trail, ensuring that there is space between each of them.
- Once at the end of the course, participants can remove their blindfold. Repeat until everyone has had a go.
- Bring everyone back together to talk about the experience. You could do this as one large group, in small groups or in pairs. What did everyone feel along the way?
- Redo the trail but this time with eyes open.
- Discuss where it felt different – did they notice anything different this time? Which version did they enjoy the best?
This activity was all about trying new things and being courageous. When you were blindfolded during this activity, you had to use all your senses, including your sense of balance and awareness of your own body. Did you find this part of the activity easy or difficult? What was it like to not have your sense of sight? How did you feel? In the second part of the activity, you took off your blindfold and did the trail again. When you could see where you were doing, how was it different? What did you notice?
- Outdoor activities
You must have permission to use the location. Always check the weather forecast and inform parents and carers of any change in venue.
- Active games
The game area should be free of hazards. Explain the rules of the game clearly and have a clear way to communicate that the game must stop when needed.