By Kevin Fabris

July 21, 2016

10 - 50 Minutes, Big Class, Directions, EFL, ESL, Fun, Game, High School, Practice It, Small Class, Some Materials Required, Speaking, Use It, Vocabulary, Young Learner

This ESL game is a guaranteed good time no matter if your English language learners are children or adults.   To tell you the truth it’s a little more fun with adult ESL classes.  A Blindfolded Maze is a great game to practice directional vocabulary (giving and taking directions). 

The Details About Blindfolded Maze:

The setup is easy.  All you need to do is make a couple of large photocopies of a maze (there are some example for you to download below) and acquire a couple of blindfolds (or reasonable alternatives e.g. a hat that can be pulled over the eyes).

How to use Directional Vocabulary with a Blindfolded Maze:

  1. .Preteach directional vocabulary.  Up, Down, Left, Straight, Backward, Turn around, etc.
  2. Divide your class into pairs.
  3. Give each pair a maze.  Make sure you students keep their mazes face down on their desks until you start the race. You can download a free set of mazes below. 
  4. Give each pair of students a blindfold.
  5. Have one student hold the pencil and put on the blindfold.
  6. Tell their teammate to turn the maze over and position their partner’s pencil at the entrance to the maze.
  7. When you say go the they students have to practice using their directional vocabulary to help their partners find their way through the maze.
  8. The first team to finish wins.
  9. Now switch roles and repeat.  You can reuse the same piece of paper.  The person racing is wearing a blindfold after all.


This ESL Game is one of my personal favorites.  Hopefully you enjoy it too.

 If you like this Easy ESL Game that uses blindfolds you might also enjoy playing Blindfolded Hieroglyphics.