What to do with this activity?
Blind man's buff is a traditional game that has been around for thousands of years, and is played by children all over the world. One child is blindfolded with a soft scarf - make sure they can't peak. Then gently spin the child around a few times so that the player loses their sense of direction. The other children move around the "blind" player, calling out to them. Sooner or later the "blind" player will catch someone, then the blindfold is tied around that child's eyes and the game starts again.
Make sure there are no trip hazzards or sharp objects about before they start. Also, talk to them about what it feels like to be "blind" for a little while. Get them to think about what it would be like to be blind all the time.
Why am I doing this?
One of the ways children learn is through play. A child who is playing is refining learning skills that continue to develop during childhood and beyond. "Pretend play" is important for developing your child's language skills. Children make up their own games, but playing games with others helps their concentration and social skills. Play can also help to show what children know and understand.
How can I do more?
Spending time playing with your child is a great way of helping them learn. Games like "Simon says" and "One, two, three red lights" are great fun. There are lots of activities you can do like playing card games or board games when you can have a quiet time together. Your child can learn the rules by watching a dry run first. Then you can play for real. An important thing to learn is that you don't always win. It can be good for young children to win, to give them confidence but learning to lose is important too. There will be many times in life when you don't win and learning to cope with that is a good life skill you can teach your child too.
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