Movement, games, sport: 08) Blind man and guide dog [Video]

Terre des hommes Ukraine
Date published: 
17 Jan 2019

9 years and older

A calm activity ideal for a group that is getting to know each other and building relations, or for a group which lacks cohesion and respect.

The animator defines an area (which can be smaller or larger for more of less difficulty) and makes sure the players are aware of the area. The game takes place in silence. The players choose a partner to make pairs, A and
B.    The aim is to move around confi- dently and responsibly.
A closes his eyes and plays the “blind person”, while B, with eyes open plays the “guide-dog”. It is up to the guide- dog to find the best way of leading their blind master in the determined space, without talking and avoiding the other pairs of players or any obstacles. Swap roles.

Progression: once a pair trusts each other, the animator has different possibilities, like adding obstacles to be avoided, reducing the space available, changing the pairs round, etc.
Psychosocial: to create bonds, trust and responsibility between two people and in a group. To foster respect and concentration.
Physical: the blind person develops other senses instead of sight while walking more or less slowly.

Make sure that the players know that the game takes place in silence and that safety is very important.The pairs must not collide with each other. The aim is not to put them in situations where they will fail (too many obsta- cles or not enough space).
With children, there is often a lot of excitement and collisions the first time they play. Remind them that the aim, for the “blind” person, is to let go and trust their partner, and for the guide-dog to be responsible for their partner, while giving them confidence.
It is useful to do this activity several times, at different sessions, because trust develops gradually.

-    How did the guide-dog work to win the trust of the blind person?
-    Which was the easiest role? The most difficult? Can you explain?
-    What is the best way of leading (holding) the blind person? Can you explain?
-    Was it difficult to concentrate on your partner as well as the rest of the group? Can you explain?
-    Etc.

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