Giving directions

Giving directions is an important mathematical skill. Help your child develop their understanding of position and length with this two-player game.

20 minutes

1-2

27 February 2021

Things you need

  • 2+ players
  • Blindfold
  • Obstacles (water bottles, soft toys, cones etc.)
 
 
 

The challenge

Step 1

One person selects a location across the room or yard and puts obstacles in the way. The other player is blindfolded or closes their eyes.

Remember: Be safe! Make sure the obstacles you've chosen won't cause harm.

 
 
 

Step 2

The person without the blindfold now has to give verbal instructions to the blindfolded person on how to reach their target location, using words like:

  • clockwise or anti-clockwise
  • full-turn, half-turn or quarter-turn
  • left or right
  • up or down.

The blindfolded person needs to reach the location without hitting any obstacles.

 
 
 

Step 3

Once the blindfolded person reaches the target location, swap over. The person who gives the best directions helping their partner avoid the most obstacles wins!

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