Boston Children's Museum
308 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210
Children’s bodies are undergoing constant change. By getting to know their own bodies better, these changes can be less mysterious. Children who are in tune with their own bodies can use all of their senses as tools as they explore and try to understand the world around them. This activity helps children learn more about their sense of sight.
Rather than buy blindfolds, you can make them with scraps of fabric. Make sure you ahve enough for each pair of students.
Ask your students if they have ever tried to do anything with one eye closed. Was it harder, easier or about the same as with both eyes open?
Try to catch the ball with only one eye open!
After each child has worn the blindfold and tossed the ball back and forth with their partner, bring your students together to talk about what they’ve done. Was it easy or hard to catch the ball with both eyes uncovered? Was it easier, harder or the same with their left eye covered? Did this surprise them? What do they think might happen if they tried covering their right eye?
Have each pair repeat the process, but this time with the right eye covered. Once they’ve all tried it, ask them if it was easier to catch the ball with their left eye covered, their right eye covered or was it about the same?