Playing blind man’s bluff at home
A friend was telling me about how she would play blind man’s bluff with her 2 children. She would blindfold them with a sleep mask and then tie a folded tea towel over the sleepmask to prevent peeping from under the sleep mask. This was done so that tilting their heads back would not help them see. She them spun them around, now it is not vital that they are facing the same way because you want them confused. She then kept her eye on her little ones in the living room or the garden. They made noises to help the other one find them. She told me that her 3 year old boy found being blindfolded funny.
Blind man’s bluff can be important for child development because of the sensory benefits. This is because the blindfold removes sight making the child use their other senses. When spun around, makes them work on balance and spatial awareness. They have to listen to catch other players and the sense of touch to feel and identical the other players. If you want to add in smell, ask the blindfolded player to smell who they caught. Blind man’s bluff is a multi sensory blindfold game.
An interesting variation is when one person is it and is giving a bell and everyone else is blindfolded and has to find it.
Or play this, play blind man’s fluff.
One player is blindfolded and everyone else is given a soft toy. When the blind man finds someone they have to feel and identify the soft toy, if they are correct they remain it and blindfolded for round two but have to cuddle the soft toy while catching other players, they have catch someone else and identify the soft toy, in round three they have to carry two soft toys without dropping them. It is harder because with the blindfold they can’t judge by sight how big they are. Keep spinning them before each round to make it harder. They are out if they start dropping the toys.
a good youtube video is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYRtIcNlWWs&t=634s
This game can be pretty safe if adults keep an eye out, but note this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFg16cABmpM
a little one falls but just gets back with without peeping or crying