Land Of The Blind

Students work in pair teams; one blindfolded while the other issues commands to move around the room and avoid getting caught by the Oni (Devil) team.

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Originally submitted by Jason Lok on Jan 20, 2011.

Detailed Explanation

  • Blindfold someone (HRT or student) and have them search for their own pencil case, which you will place somewhere in the classroom. The class directs the person with commands to the pencil case using ONLY ENGLISH.
  • Have the class break up into pairs (if there is a single left, have the HRT team up with them) and play Rock, Scissors, Paper to determine who will be blindfolded first and who will be the 'driver'. Have each team search for their own pencil cases and once they find them, switch places and do it again.
  • Now the blindfolded people, guided by their partners, can play "Tag" (Onigoko). 'Drivers' guide their blindfolded partners away from the 'it' (Devil/Oni) blindfolded person, while the 'it' team tries to tag them.


  • The Devil team shows the red side of their caps and the rest of the teams show their white sides. When the white cap teams are tagged by the Devil, they turn their caps to the red side and become Devils too. The game ends when the last team is caught.

Teaching Suggestions

  • Eigo Note's lesson 5 goes straight into a listening exercise where students are expected to recognise quickly spoken, unfamiliar directional words. It's quite difficult for them, so this activity works well as a warm-up, and speaking/listening practice using the vocabulary.
  • Review and repeat the terms "turn left", "turn right", "go straight", "stop", "here it is" and introduce a new one: "ATTACK!".
  • Demonstrate the terms by blindfolding yourself or the homeroom teacher and having the blindfolded person follow the class's commands.
  • Introduce any other directional terms you think are useful anytime during the lesson, they will almost always be useful.


  • Its very important to make the rules clear, with disqualification for the round if they are broken.
  • English only, NO Japanese.
  • No guiding/touching/pushing the blindfolded
  • ABSOLUTELY NO running by the blindfolded. It is very dangerous!

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Estimated time: 15-30 min

Submitted by: Englipedia Archive

April 19, 2019


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