Blindfold Maze is a team icebreaker where all participants will be blindfolded and have to get through an obstacle course with only instructions from one leader. It is a game of communication and trust, and also usually ensures your participants will have a great time together.
Each group should have around 10 people. An equal number between groups is recommended.
- Blindfolds, one for each participant
- Chairs and tables to form an obstacle course in the play area. (How you choose to arrange these chairs and tables is up to you)
- A stopwatch
About 15 minutes
- All participants in the group will be blindfolded except for one, the leader.
- This leader will be giving instructions to the blindfolded participants.
- The blindfold participants have to stand in a straight line, with their hands on the shoulders of the person in front of them.
- When the time starts, the leader has to guide these participants through a man-made obstacle course (set up by you) in the shortest time possible.
- The leader has to shout instructions: “Turn left, Walk 2 steps forward…” and so on.
- The leader is not allowed to touch the team members but only allowed to give instructions.
- In the course of moving through the obstacles, they are not allowed to let go of their partner’s hip.
- The round is complete when the last person has passed through the finish line.
- The time taken must be recorded down for both groups, and the group that finishes faster wins. Alternatively, if you only have one group, they can change their leader and repeat the exercise to see if they can beat their time.
- How did it feel to be blindfolded and not being able to see where you were headed?
- Did it feel comforting that there was a voice that was guiding you through the obstacle?
- Did the leader give good/specific instructions to your team?
- How about those standing further back. How did it feel relying on the person in front of you to guide you through the obstacle?
- The person giving the instruction is like the leader or the mentor in your life. When you encounter a new situation, often you are walking in blind; you don’t know what the obstacles and challenges will be, and that’s why you rely on the leader giving you the instructions to help you avoid the pitfalls and obstacles along the way to help you achieve your goals as soon as possible. And as you are going through challenges, you can also guide others along in the journey with you, like those people holding your shoulders. You don’t have to know everything to be a leader. All you have to be sometimes is one step ahead.
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