In this game, kids will learn to use their senses other than sight, by trying to catch the other players while blindfolded. For this reason, it is actually better played in a smaller space that’s clear of hazards, so that the ‘blind man’ doesn’t trip and hurt themselves.
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This game was very popular in the Victorian era, when it was often called 'Hoodwink Blind' or 'Blind Man's Buffet’.
One player is the ‘blind man’ and is therefore blindfolded. The group spin that player around for a set number of rotations — not many are needed to disorientate, start with five. The other players then disperse and the blind man has to catch them.
The other players don’t have to hide; they can be as close to the blind man as they like. They can tap them and confuse them into thinking there’s someone next to them to catch. Kids love teasing the blind man, but if they get overconfident they may get caught.
Once the blind man puts their hands on one of the other players to ‘catch’ them, that player now becomes the blind man and the games starts over.