Blindfold Line – Bay Area Discovery Museum

Blindfold Line

In this group activity, children work as team to line up in a specific order—perhaps by age, height, or birthday---while blindfolded.

Materials Required

  • Blindfolds (one per person)
  • Large area with an even surface

Instructions

  1. Choose one person to be the coach. All the other players should line up, side by side, and put on a blindfold.
  2. The coach asks players to line up in a specific way. For example, by height, age, alphabetical order, or birthday. Be creative!
  3. Players should work as a group and talk to each other to figure out how to line up. Move slowly and cautiously so that no one gets hurt. The coach can help guide people physically for safety but can’t help the team find the correct order.
  4. Once everyone with a blindfold thinks they are in the right order, take the blindfolds off and see how it turned out.
  5. Pick a new coach and line up in a new way.

Additional Tips

Try these activity variations:

  • Don’t use the blindfolds. Try doing the activity with no talking instead.
  • For a greater challenge, try the activity with a larger group.

Links to Creativity

Placing constraints onto an otherwise easy task forces us to be creative. Without blindfolds, placing each other in order according to height would be done using our eyes, or a measurement in close calls. Without either of those, children are asked to consider alternative means of both measuring and placing each other in order, which is creative since it requires new and useful solutions.

Supporting research includes:

Runco, M. A., & Jaeger, G. J. (2012). The standard definition of creativity. Creativity Research Journal24(1), 92-96.

Stokes, P. D. (2005). Creativity from constraints: The psychology of breakthrough. New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Stokes, P. D. (2007). Using constraints to generate and sustain novelty. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts1(2), 107-113.

Stokes, P. D. (2009). Using constraints to create novelty: A case study. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts3(3), 17-180.

Contributor

This activity was contributed by the Center for Childhood Creativity at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. ©2015 Bay Area Discovery Museum. It was inspired by an activity used by The Outdoor School at Camp Champions. For more information and resources see CenterForChildhoodcreativity.orgOutdoorSchool.com, CampChampions.com and ACAcamps.org.

Blindfold Line

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