MAIN POINT: This game takes its name from Matthew 15:14 and is a visual/physical presentation of how following “the blind” can lead to destruction.
This game has three levels and works well for smaller groups rather than really large groups. It also helps a lot if the game can be played in an area like an office space with hallways, walls, multiple rooms, doorways, etc.
Level 1 is the easiest. Draw a map/route to a simple and short destination and ONLY show it to the student who will be leading the other students. The rest of your students will be blindfolded. Then have the person who is leading the small group of blindfolded students to that destination. Once they arrive at the destination, have everyone remove their blindfolds.
Level 2 is next. Add a few more obstacles to your original course (step over a backpack in the doorway – chair in the hallway, etc.) and make sure you give the leader a new route going to a different destination. Like the previous round, only the leader will know where to go because the rest of the students will be blindfolded. Once everyone is blindfolded have the leader take them through the new route.
Level 3 is last. Repeat this level with the same rules as before, but you need to provide a new route and destination once again. Add even more obstacles to the map, but this time, have the person who was leading/giving directions put on a blindfold too. At this point, everyone playing will be wearing a blindfold, and it really is the blind leading the blind! (Do not allow anyone to get ruthless, just really distracting and misleading.)
At the end of the “levels” you may want to talk about how difficult it was for the leader to lead while he/she was blindfolded. You also may want to talk about whether or not the students who were following “really” trusted their blindfolded leader.
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