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Six Blindfold Activities for Children 3yrs+

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Have you tried any blindfold activities with your child? If your child goes to a Montessori school, it's likely they have tried some sensorial activities like the pink tower, knobbed cylinders, thermic tablets, perhaps even the trinomial, binomial cubes or roman arch while wearing a blindfold.

What is the point? Wearing a blindfold takes away the child's sense of sight, and therefore the child needs to rely their other senses especially touch. Wearing a blindfold helps the child to develop their stereognostic sense. When using their stereognostic sense the child creates a mental picture through touch; as the child feels the sandpaper letter s, they form a picture of the s in their mind.

Using a blindfold is a great extension activity to many of the Montessori sensorial materials, but what about at home? How can we use a blindfold to develop the stereognostic sense at home?

Here are six blindfold activities we've used recently!

Using a blindfold in montessori lettersSandpaper letters. Using a blindfold with sandpaper letters helps to strengthen the child's knowledge of and familiarity with how the letters are formed. 

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I use this only when the child is familiar with each letter and the name of each letter.

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This activity was actually Otto's idea when he saw it pictured on the side of a box of some sandpaper letters, so he was super excited to give it a try.

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Sandpaper numbers. We can also try using a blindfold with sandpaper numbers. We have a set of sandpaper numbers, but the Montessori Work books are fun to use, too like Letter Work, Number Work, Shape Work or any other tactile books you have at home. 

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Geometric solids. If your child already knows the name of the geometric solids, we can use them with the blindfold. 

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We can ask the child how many sides does the solid have, and how many edges or corners are there?

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This is one of my favourite activities with a blindfold. It is more challenging but also satisfying for the child when they take the blindfold off and look at the shape they've been holding. 

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Model animals. This activity was the most fun!! I didn't let my child see the animals first, I had them covered by a tea towel, so when he went to feel the animals with the blindfold on, he had no idea what they were. 

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This was easy to set up because we have a lot of model animals at home. Otto only guessed the shark correctly. He thought the frog was an octopus and had no idea what the butterfly was. 

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With the animals, we can ask how many legs does it have, is it long or thin, does it have ears or a tail?

We can also set up a similar tray with other household objects like a peg, spoon, keys. 

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Playdough. I wasn't sure how this would go but knew it would be fun. 

Using play dough with a blind fold at How we Montessori

Otto made some fun shapes but, most of all, just enjoyed kneading and playing with the playdough in his hands. 

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Balancing rocks. If these are too complex for the child, we could also use usual blocks or stacking cubes (like the pink tower). 

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Here Otto is using the Patience Pebbles c/o Mindful and Co Kids. This was challenging!

Drawing while wearing a blindfold at How we Montessori

We also tried wearing a blindfold while drawing!


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