50 Dangerous Things: Spend an Hour Blindfolded

Task: “See” the world without using your eyes.

 

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Requires:

  • Timer
  • Blindfold
  • An hour

Possible Hazards:

  • Tripping
  • Frustration
  • Bumps and bruises

How it all went down:

Angie called me the other day and said that she was trying to find the time to blindfold her kids for an hour. I thought, “Hey, that sounds like fun. Maybe we should do it too.”

The opportunity presented itself earlier this week, as Thomas showed up for hair and makeup (I don’t really put makeup on my kid – that’s just what I like to call getting your face washed and hair brushed) with socks on his hands.  He said, “I just brushed my teeth with socks on my hands!” When I asked him if he’d like to spend the rest of the time before school with socks on his hands AND blindfolded, his face lit up. It was on. Benjamin politely declined and disappeared.

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Thomas got a drink from the fridge.

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He didn’t have much luck with the iPad … is there an app for that?

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He said the stairs were the easiest part.

He thought he found his fleece from the coat closet.   Actually, he found my coat. Turns out you can not tell fleece color from feel alone. I let him dance around in my fleece for a while. Payback is nice.

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He found his shoes by smelling them.  Scary, but he was right.

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He walked all the way to school blindfolded. I did let him change his coat, though.  I’m not that mean.

The only time he cheated and peeked was when he looked at the clock. He actually heard the train go by our house. The same train that goes by unnoticed every five minutes was noticed immediately while blindfolded. The neighborhood kids helped him get to school safely and the crossing guard stopped him from walking right out into the crosswalk. He won’t leave toys on the stairs ever again.

This was really fun, inexpensive and interesting. So grab a blindfold and and the kids and experience life without sight.  Or make it really fun and blindfold your significant other …

Tips:

  • The blindfolded person should have an assistant with them to intervene before they get into any serious trouble or stumbles.
  • An hour seems like a long time, but it takes at least that long for your brain to start relying on other senses.
  • Try to make your blindfold so that it prevents any light from reaching your eyes. Folding small squares of fabric in half and then in half again to act as eye patches under your blindfold work really well.
  • Other things to do while blindfolded: eat a meal, use the bathroom, try to catch a ball, or draw a map of the room you’re in.

Have you tried being blindfolded for any significant amount of time?  Can you think of any other activities we should try while blindfolded?

Want more?  Read about the rest of our experiences with 50 Dangerous Things. Inspired by Gever Tulley’s book 50 Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do).

 

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