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Games using blindfolds have been a part of team building activities for many years. Blindfold activities can impel team members into working together more closely and also make some team building activities more memorable. Sieger Team has a range of blindfold games and ideas for you to consider using in your team builds and events.
1. Blind Leads: 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.
2. Colour Blind: The team is given a set of shapes with 2 of the set removed. By logical reasoning, communication and teamwork, the team have to work out the shape a colour of the two missing pieces. While they are doing the activity all of the group members are wearing blindfolds.
3. Blindfold Rope Line: Team Members 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.
4. Shape Sorter: Team members are blindfolded and then presented with a set of shapes from which two have been removed. The team have the task of identifying the shape and version of each of the two pieces that have been removed.
5. Robot Wars: 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. Director directs the Robot to the balls of paper and then directed to throw them at the other Robots. If they hit then the pair gets a point.
6. Blindfolds Mayhem: Each of them given a note of a noise they must make for another team and blindfold. Next find the other team members making the same noise so that they can get together in their teams.
7. Blindfolds Catch: One person sits on the floor and round them are a number of items, some small, some larger and rest of the group stand at the edge of the room. 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.
8. Blindfolds Tent: Blindfolds tent is great for developing communication. Also, blindfold tent used as a point scoring project as part of a multi project activity.
9. Circle of Silence: Group to stand in an inward facing circle with an arms length between each person. One person is given an object and 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. If they hear it they should point to where the noise comes from.
10. Blind Square: This activity is all about problem solving, communication and teamwork. The team must put the rope on the ground in shape of the largest square possible. The team must wear blindfolds throughout.
11. Blindfolds Maze: A person wears a blindfold is 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.
12. Blindfold Hide and Seek: One of the group is sighted and hides in the square. The rest of the group wear blindfolds and must find the sighted person.
13. Sheep and Shepherd: One team member to be the shepherd and 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.
15. Blindfold Matrix Maze: Trying to get your bearings is difficult if you’re blindfolded and trying to walk through a giant maze with people yelling in your ears from every direction. What’s even more difficult: trying to guide your blindfold maze walkers through the maze from a distance while competing among many other sighted managers for their attention.
16. Night line: Once the team members are Blindfolded then they should 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.
17. Minefield: An engaging game requiring communication and trust. The task is very flexible, works for groups of various types and sizes, and can be adapted to youth, adults, corporate etc.
18. Blind Crossing: Blindfolded people walk towards and find a seeing partner, guided by verbal directions from the seeing partner.
19. Silent Opera: This activity works on alternative methods of communication. One volunteer is blindfolded and another volunteer to give vocal instructions. The remaining members of the group are not allowed to speak.
20. Running Free: In pairs, one person is blindfolded. Holding hands, the blindfolded person is lead gradually from a slow walk up to fast running. Swap.
21. Blind Polygon: A challenge that requires problem-solving skills and initiative to complete; this task will cast light on the team's listening skills, individual roles, group dynamics.
22. Hug-a-Tree: In a forested area or in the resort / park, pairs take turns being blindfolded, lead to a tree (for touch and feel) and then lead away. After removing the blindfold, the tree hugger tries to locate his/her tree.
23. Blindfolds Groups: Group members are divided into subteams and give each sub team an animal type. Now, every one in the sub-team to mingle together and then find their own space. Everyone should put blindfolds at this point and on the signal to make the sound of their animal team member find other people of the same type. Eventually everyone should end up with their own subteam.
24. Blindfold Drawing: 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.
25. What is it?: As leaders show the box of items to the blindfolded person to describe one at a time until all objects are identified by the group. The leader may not say the name of the object.
26. 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.
27. Blindmans Buff: One person wears a blindfold and must find other members of the group. This blindfold game is best used in a well defined area.
28. 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. Very traditional blindfold game.
29. Tower Building: Building a tower is another common blindfolding activity. In this activity, participants are given some wooden cubes or small cubes and they have to build a tower using the blocks wearing a blindfold.
30. Egg and Spoon Race with Blindfolds: Contestants work in pairs, the person with the egg and spoon wearing the blindfold. The sighted person guides them down the course. Great blindfold games alternative.
31. Willow in the Wind: The willow closes their eyes and ready to fall. The group lets the willow know they are ready to catch them. With extended arms, they keep the willow upright.
32. Slice and Dice: The activity is also known as the trust wave because the person passing under the “tunnel” and through the arms has to be brave and rely on the others raising their arms in time.
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