August 20, 2020
To illuminate this period of social distancing and offer you meaningful activities, Equitas has adapted some of its activities to be done at a safe physical distance.
Here is the physically distant version of ‘Blind Trust’, drawn from the ‘Play It Fair’ guide.
This activity can be done with your family or other members of your household, or it can be facilitated in a camp setting.
- Age: 6-8
- Time: 30 min
- Purpose: To consider how children and youth with disabilities may experience the world and to think about how we can help keep each other safe through working together.
You can download the instructions of this activity as a PDF to share it more easily:Airplane En
- Something to act as a blindfold that each child individually has – can include an actual blindfold or another sort of piece of fabric.
How to play:
- Group the children in pairs.
- Create a course for the children to complete - with a starting point and an ending point. Start off with no obstacles in your course. If space permits, designate a course space for each pair in the room. If using this option, ensure that you clarify the boundary each pair has and let them know that they shouldn’t step out of that space. You can mark it using tape on the floor or chalk on the ground. If you don’t have enough space for this, let the pairs go one at a time.
- Ask the children to imagine that the space inside their boundaries is the sky where a thick fog has gathered and there are some airplanes lost in the fog. One child in each pair plays the role of an airplane lost in the fog and the other is the pilot. The children who are the airplanes must be blindfolded (they may be uncomfortable with this so make sure you stress that it is not necessary) or simply close their eyes and hold their arms out to their sides to form the wings of the airplane.
- The pilots stands at the starting line behind the airplanes without touching. The pilot guides the airplane by clapping their hands on the side of the direction that they want the airplane to move in order to complete the course. If clapping is too difficult, they can also simply direct them by speaking.
- After a few minutes, ask the children to change roles.
- For the next rounds you can place obstacles in the play area around which the pilots and airplanes have to manoeuvre.
1. How did you like the game ?
2. How did it feel when you were being guided? Did it feel safe?
3. What is easy to be a guide?
1. What strategies (tricks) did you use to move around safety together?
2. If you were to play this game again, what would you do to make your airplane move more smoothly?
3. How do visually impaired people stay safe? What about people with other forms of mobility disabilities?
1. Think about the places where our group meets. What could you do to make it easier for people with disabilities to move around?
Human rights education for building welcoming and inclusive spaces.
This activity uses our 3-step participatory approach to promote learning about human rights and human rights values leading to action:
- Children and youth participate in activities that promote learning about human rights and human rights values (e.g. inclusion, respect for diversity, responsibility).
- Children and youth discuss how an activity made them feel, what it made them think about, and what they can change (act) in their own attitudes and behaviours and those of their peers.
- Together children and youth take action to promote respect for human rights values and children’s rights, and greater understanding, acceptance and inclusion in their classrooms, school playgrounds and communities.
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