Blindfold games are the perfect activity for birthday parties, sleepovers, campouts or any occasion. Kids find blindfold games very fun, exciting and engaging. They love being challenged to use their other senses and find it hilarious when they fall over or bump into other players!
Although most people are only familiar with classic blindfold games like pin the tail on the donkey and the piñata game, there are actually dozens of blindfold games to choose from. In this post, I’ll explain why blindfold games are so much fun and share 15 of the best blindfold games for kids. Let’s jump straight in!
Why Are Kids Blindfold Games Perfect For Group Events?
Blindfold games encourage teamwork
Many of the games listed below require the use of teamwork between a blindfolded person and a partner. Teamwork is a valuable skill for children to learn and will help them in many aspects of their lives. Many games also require the blindfolded player to trust the other players, which can help them develop solid friendships.
Blindfold games are challenging
When blindfolded, children have to use their other senses. This can be quite challenging as they may not be used to finding their way around the world solely using their hearing, sense of smell, and touch. This makes blindfolded games much more exciting compared to other types of games.
Blindfold games are fun
Kids love blindfold games because they are completely different from the other fun games they play. They often involve players bumping into objects and other funny moments, which will have your children laughing their heads off.
The Best Blindfold Games For Kids
1. Pin The Tail On The Donkey
I’m going to start the list with a classic blindfold game for kids that most people would already know — Pin The Tail On The Donkey. This is an American game that was played as far back as 1899. The rules are simple, so it can be enjoyed by children of all ages. There are several versions of Pin The Tail On The Donkey, which use other animals including monkeys, unicorns, and dinosaurs.
The goal of the game is simple: blindfolded players attempt to attach a donkey’s tail onto the rear end of a donkey illustration. The person who manages to get the tail closest to the correct location is declared the winner.
To play, all you need is:
- A large picture of a donkey (or some other animal)
- Several tails, which can be attached to the picture using pins, velcro, magnets, or an adhesive material
- A blindfold
Fortunately, you don’t have to collect these items yourself as there are several pre-made Pin The Tail On The Donkey Kits available. Some of the best include:
La La Unicorn Game (Pin The Horn On the Unicorn)
This unicorn-themed activity is actually two games in one — a “Pin the horn on the unicorn” game and “Pin the Tail on the unicorn”. It includes a large 31.5 x 20-inch gloss poster with a large picture of a unicorn, a purple blindfold, 12 x horn stickers, 12 x tail stickers, and 12 x “Thank You for Making My Party Magical” Unicorn stickers. The stickers are reusable, so the children at the party can play multiple games. Check out the La La Unicorn Game.
- DOUBLE FUN AT YOUR PARTY WITH OUR UNIQUE 2-IN-1 GAME: Our unique two-in-one party favor game set is the only one in the market that includes both Pin the Horn on the Unicorn Party Game and Pin the Tail on the Unicorn Party Game (similar to pin the tail on the donkey) for twice as much fun; 24x reusable stickers (12x horn stickers and 12x tail stickers) in different colors, choose which game to play with one or two winners (closest to the tail and closest to the horn wins) for double fun
- HIGH-QUALITY & EXTRA-LONG FUN: The large poster (l: 31.5 inches, w: 20 inches) is made of high-quality thick gloss paper with bright colors for the unicorn and rainbow design; The reusable horns and tails stickers are strong and sticky enough to be peeled off shortly after sticking on the poster and reused 2-3 times for extra long fun; The pink eye mask is soft with strong elastics to fit both kids & adults
Hokie Pin The Tail On The Donkey Party Game
This is a more traditional version of the game that includes a 29 x 19-inch donkey poster, 1 blindfold, 30 tails, and double-sided tape for attaching the poster to a surface. The tails are stickers, so they cannot be re-used. Check out the Hokic Pin The Tail On The Donkey Party Game.
- Pin The Tail On The Donkey Game Set include 29 x 19 inch large high gloss waterproof poster, 1 polyester blindfold, 30 tail and 6 free double sided tape
- Donkey party game is interesting game for the kids birthday party, donkey theme party, carnival party, classroom party, school party, new year party, do also great as party gifts for your kids, families, friends
Happy Storm Pin the Tail on the Llama
The Happy Storm Pin the Tail on the Llama game includes a 21.5” x 27.5” high gloss lama poster, 24 pieces of reusable lama tails, and a blindfold. Also available as a skeleton (for Halloween) and clown. Check out the Happy Storm Pin the Tail on the Llama game.
- WHAT’S INCLUDED: 1 piece of pin the nose on the clown party game poster, 25 pcs of reusable clown nose, 1 piece of eye mask, 1 piece of pin the nose on the clown game instructions, 1 piece of game poster cover, 4 pcs of dot glue. Beautifully packaged for the Birthday Party, Baby Shower, Classroom Party, Circus Party and Carnival Party Decorations
- BEST CHOICE: 21.5’’ x 27.5’’ large high gloss poster, can be used as home decoration, wall decorations, room decoration, carnival themed birthday party. 25 pcs reusable clown nose can play with many children at the same time.
How to play Pin The Tail On The Donkey
- Attach the illustration of the donkey on a wall
- Select a person to go first.
- Have the player stand about 5 meters back from the donkey and place the blindfold over their eyes.
- Gently spin than in a stationary circle five to ten times, so they are slightly disoriented. This makes the game more fun and challenging for participants.
- Hand the participant a tail and tell them to pin it on the donkey’s rear end.
- If the participant is a younger child, give them a hand by leading them towards the donkey. If a participant starts walking the wrong way, have people tell them they are not heading towards the right location.
- Let everyone have a turn. The winner is the player who pinned their tail closest to the correct location.
#2 – Blindfolded Twister
Blindfolded Twister is a variation of the popular 1960’s board game “Twister”. In the original, each player would spin a dial then place the specified body part on the specified color. The blind version is similar, but much more chaotic as people attempt to position themselves without being able to see what they are doing!
- This edition adds a dimension of mystery to gameplay with blindfolds
- Features textured shapes on the spots -- players feel for them with their hands and feet
How to play Blindfolded Twister
- Unfold the large Blindfolded Twister mat on a flat surface
- Have players put their blindfolds on
- The first player will spin the dial on the spinner board. They will use their finger to feel where the dial landed, which foot or hand it landed on, and which shape they must place that limb on. Instead of having different colors, the mat and spinner board have shapes that you can feel with your foot or hand.
- They hop onto the mat and feel around with their hand or foot to find the right spot.
- The next player has a turn.
Play continues until a player falls over or cannot find any spots available for their hand or foot. They will be declared out. The winner is the last player on the mat. This version of twister tests the memory more than the standard version because players need to remember where they felt a circle, snowflake, or another shape. This makes the game exciting and even more fun than standard Twister.
#3 – Blindfold Fetch
How to play Blindfolded Fetch:
- Scatter several balls of different sizes across the playing area
- Define two separate home bases in the playing area that are equidistance apart
- Split the group into two teams and blindfold one player from each team. The two teams go and stand at their home bases
- Each team is then given 5 minutes to tell their blindfolded teammate where the balls are. Once they have located a ball, they must take it back to their home base. They continue collecting balls until the time is up
- The team that manages to collect the most balls are the winners
#4 – Blindfold Taste Test
This is a simple game that children of all ages can enjoy. Before playing, gather the following:
- Blindfolds for all players
- Between 5 to 15 foods samples in paper cups
- A spoon for each player
How to play Blindfold Taste Test:
- Start by placing the food items into paper cups. You can either have several cups for each child or have them share cups. Don’t let the players see you preparing the cups or see what is inside the cups.
- Have each player try the foods in the same order, one-at-a-time.
- After they try each food, they must guess what it was. You can either continue passing the food around until someone guesses or have the players guess as individuals, making the person who guesses the most correctly be the winner.
Match the foods to the ages of the children. For example, young kids should have safe foods like jello, banana, chocolate, raisins, apple, ice cream, and milk. If the kids are slightly older, incorporate less palatable foods like olive oil, salt, garlic powder, instant coffee, and curry. These foods will give the players quite a shock and lead to some very funny moments!
Another slightly “nicer” version of this game involves multiple flavors of ice cream. Players have to sample each ice cream and guess the flavor.
Note: Before playing this game, make sure none of the children have food allergies.
#5 – Key Keeper
This blindfold game is perfect for team building as it encourages participants to work together. To play, you will need:
- A large open space
- A set of keys (or some other object)
- A blindfold
- A facilitator who will decide which players can move
- Between 3-10 players
How to play Key Keeper:
- Start by setting out a start and endpoint in the room.
- Place a set of keys or some other object about 5 meters from the start line.
- Choose a person to be blindfolded. They will sit about a meter from the keys. The goal is to protect the keys from the other players.
- When the facilitator points to a person at the start line, they are allowed to move. Their goal is to obtain the keys and take them to the finish line. However, if the key-keeper hears them and successfully points to them, they are ‘out’ and must return to the start line.
- If a person successfully obtains the keys and reaches the finish line, they get to be the key-keeper in the next round.
Initially, the facilitator should point to a single player. As the game progresses, they should use multiple players to make it more challenging for the key-keeper.
#6 – Blindfold Drawings
This is a simple pen and paper game that creates some “interesting” artworks. To play this blindfold game, you will need:
- A blindfold for each participant
- A pencil and piece of paper for each participant
How to play Blindfold Drawings:
- Give all of the children a blindfold, pencil, and piece of paper
- Tell them to draw an object of some kind. It could be an elephant, horse, dog, pony or whatever else you can think of.
- Once everyone has had 10 minutes to draw, compare the illustrations they have created!
#7 – Piñata Game
The Piñata Game is a very popular party activity that young children are crazy about. They love swinging a bat at a piñata and enjoy eating the delicious treats that eventually come out of it. To play the Piñata Game, you will need:
- A Piñata
- A blindfold
- Candy, fruit, small toys, or other prizes
- A stick
How To Play The Piñata Game
- Fill a Piñata with your choice of prizes and hang it from a tree, ceiling beam, or another object
- Blindfold the child who is going to go first. Gently spin them around several times so they lose their sense of direction.
- Hand them the bat and verbally direct them towards the location of the Piñata
- Give the child a few swings at the Piñata, then give another child a turn
- Once the Piñata has been split open, let the player with the blindfold on know and allow all of the kids to rush in and grab their treats. It can be useful to have a separate bowl of treats available for the children who miss out on the initial rush.
The easiest way to set up the Piñata game is by buying a pre-made Piñata kit. Some of the best options are:
Fun fact: Although Piñatas are associated with Mexico, they may have originated in China!
#8 – Is That You Moriarty?
This is a hilarious dueling game that can be played with two or more people. The goal of the game is to hit the other player with a rolled-up newspaper. However, it is made more challenging by the fact that both players are blindfolded and can only swing their newspaper after shouting “Is that you Moriarty?” To play, you will need:
- Two rolled-up newspapers
- Two blindfolds
- Two players and one referee
How to play Is That You Moriarty:
- Bring the players to a large indoor area or outdoor area.
- Blindfold both players and give them a rolled-up newspaper each.
- (optional) Gently spin both players so they lose their sense of direction briefly.
- Play begins. Players must shout “Is that you Moriarty?” before they can swing their newspaper. This means that they must reveal their position before taking a swing.
- A point is awarded for each successful hit. You can either have the players take several steps back after each point or have play continue.
- The first player to 10 points is the winner.
Smart players will move stealthily around the playing area, trying to get behind their opponent before taking a swing. It is a lot of fun!
#9 – Mystery Object
Although Mystery Object is one of the simplest blindfold games for kids, it is also one of the most enjoyable. To play Mystery Object you will need:
- Several different objects, including some unusual ones
- Blindfolds for each player
- A pencil and piece of paper for each player
How To Play Mystery Object
- Gather all players into a circle and have them put their blindfolds on.
- Take the first object and have players pass it around.
- Once everyone has felt and smelled (or tasted!) the object, remove it from the line of sight. Have the players write the name of the object on their piece of paper (without showing it to other players).
- After all of the objects have been passed around, have the players take off their blindfolds for the last time. Have them grade their answers, giving one point for every correct answer. The player with the most points wins a prize!
Get creative with the kinds of objects that you use. Start with something simple like a spoon or rubber band. Then, move onto some weirder items like jello/custard, a piece of toast, a rubber spider, a snow globe, a pair of maracas and so on. Check out some of our other mystery game ideas.
#10 – Blind Man’s Bluff
This is another traditional game that has been played for hundreds of years. It is a variation of tag, with the player who is “It” being blindfolded. As they often say, the simplest games are the best. Blind Man’s Bluff proves that saying to be correct as children absolutely love this game! To play, you will need a blindfold, 3 or more players, and a large open space.
How to play Blind Man’s Bluff:
- One player is designated as being the Blind Man. They will wear the blindfold.
- The Blind Man will count to five as the other players spread out around the room
- The Blind Man will then move about the room, trying to find the players
- Once they find a player, they must identify who it is. That person becomes the Blind Man. However, if they guess incorrectly, that person is freed and can leave the playing area.
You can make the game more interesting by allowing the children to dress up between rounds, so they are constantly wearing different clothes. There are several variations of Blind Man’s Bluff which you may prefer. In another popular version:
- The Blind Man will stand in the center of the room with his blindfold on. He will be spun around several times, so he loses his sense of direction.
- The other players will be given time to find a position to stand in the room (60 seconds is usually plenty of time).
- After the time is up, the Blind Man will yell “Blind Man’s…” and the other players will respond with “Bluff”. Players can disguise their voices to distract or mislead the Blind Man. Players who are far away can yell “Bluff” very loudly or cover their mouths to make it sound like they are standing elsewhere.
- The Blind Man uses their hearing to locate players. Once a player is tagged by the Blind Man, they are out of the game.
- The winner is the last person to be tagged. You can either make the first or last person to get tagged the next Blind Man.
Make this variation of Blind Man’s Bluff more interesting by allowing players to reposition after every “Blind Man’s…” call. You can find more fun tag games on the site.
Fun Fact: Marco Polo is the swimming pool game version!
#11 – Trust Me
One of the reasons why blindfold games for kids are a fantastic addition at parties is that many of them are team-building. Trust Me absolutely falls into that category. To play, you will need:
- At least 4 players
- A “maze” which can consist of obstacles like boxes, ropes, sheets, and other objects
- A blindfold
How to play Trust Me:
- Set up your “maze” in a large room. It should combine physical barriers like boxes with imaginary hazards like mats that are meant to designate “hot lava”. Don’t let any of the players see it before the game begins.
- Divide the group into teams of two. One of the players from each team will be blindfolded.
- The first team will enter the room with the maze. You will explain to those players the meaning of the obstacles in front of them. You may have ropes that need to be jumped, boxes that need to be climbed over and imaginary hazards like lava (a colored mat) or monsters (large plush toys).
- The player wearing the blindfold will have to walk through the maze, getting directions from their teammate. The teammate will describe the hazards in front of them and how to deal with each one.
- You can score the performance of the team by how many hazards they run into or how long it takes to complete the course. You could make some hazards force the team to return to the start.
- The team with the shortest time or most points win.
#12 – Catch My Shadow
This is another simple game that is surprisingly fun. Players will need to be as quiet as possible to catch their shadow. To play, you will need:
- At least 6 players
- Blindfolds for all players except for the “Shadow” player
How to play Catch My Shadow:
- Nominate one player to be the “Shadow”. The rest of the group will stand in a circle facing inwards and put on their blindfolds.
- The shadow will creep around to the circle, standing behind each player for three seconds at a time.
- If the player senses that the shadow is behind them, they will turn around and try to tag them. If successful, that player wins the round and will become the new shadow.
- If the shadow makes it all of the way around the circle, they win the round. They then have the right to choose a player to be the new Shadow.
#13 – Hit The Target
- A projectile and some targets. A 10 pin bowling set, corn hole game, or a ring toss game could all work well. If you are supervising the children closely, a dart set and balloons could work.
How to play Hit The Target:
- Have the group split into teams of two.
- Nominate one player from each team to be the “spotter” with the other being the “thrower”.
- The thrower from the first team will toss the projectile at the targets.
- Once they have finished, their score will be counted and the targets will be reset.
- The winning team is the one that gets the most points.
#14 – Minefield
Minefield is an adrenaline-packed game where players need to cross an imaginary minefield while wearing a blindfold. Fortunately, they have the help of a teammate who will guide them across. To play Minefield, you will need:
- A dozen or more empty soda cans
- A blindfold
- 4+ players
How to play Minefield:
- Start by creating the “minefield”. Scatter the soda cans randomly across a playing area. The more cans you have, the better. You could also plastic cups, bells, and other household objects. Make the game even more exciting by placing mats on the ground, which are “booby traps” that need to be stepped or jumped over.
- Divide the group into teams of two. In each team, one player will be the spotter and the other will be the soldier.
- The soldier will put on the blindfold. They will then be walked up and down the edge of the minefield and spun around a couple of times to disorientate them.
- The spotter will then guide the soldier across the minefield, giving them explicit verbal instructions on when and where to move. Start a timer when the soldier starts moving.
- If the soldier steps on a mine, their team is out of the game until next round.
- If the soldier makes it to the other side, record their time. The team with the shortest time is the winner.
#15 – Farm Animals
This game is absurdly simple but so much fun that the kids will want to play it again and again. To play, you will need a blindfold for all participants and a large open area.
How to play Farm Animals:
- Start by splitting the group into teams of two.
- Have each team choose an animal that they want to be. It can be any animal, but it must be unique (eg. you can’t have two teams being monkeys)
- Split the teams up so one player is to the left of the playing area and one is to the right.
- Have every player put on their blindfolds and ask them to spin around 4 or 5 times to disorientate themselves.
- When you yell “Go” the teams will start performing the noises that their chosen animal normally makes. They can’t use words, only animal noises.
- Each teammate will attempt to crawl towards their partner using the animal noises as their guide.
- The first team to reach their partner is declared the winner!
Need some animal ideas? Check out our list of animals that start with the letter N.
I hope you found 15 Blindfold Games for Kids useful. Give these games a try, you’ll find that kids love them!