Sense a tree


Taking turns, each student is blindfolded and led to a tree which they are encouraged to touch, hug and smell.

  • Estimated time: 15 minutes
  • Location: Outdoors
  • School term: All year round
  • Level of experience: No experience needed
  • Subject(s): Science, Geography, Social Studies

Learning objectives

  • Develops learning through multi-sensory play
  • Identifying common trees
  • Develops motor skills
  • Group & team building


Introduce the idea of looking after one another by giving clear, loud instructions. Practise instructions: stop, turn left, turn right, step over, etc.
Introduce the idea of responsibility: looking after a blindfolded classmate involves both care and responsibility.
Discuss senses. Which senses will they use if they can’t see?
Model the activity with an adult as the carer first.

Equipment needed

  • Soft, comfortable blindfolds: one per group

Step by step

  1. First student in the group is blindfolded. 
  2. The second student stands behind the blindfolded student and puts their hands on their shoulders. 
  3. Giving loud, clear instructions the second student gently guides the first student to a tree.
  4. First student feels the tree, hugs it, smells it, and listens.
  5. Second student gently leads the first student away again, giving clear instructions.
  6. Blindfold is removed and the first learner must try to find their tree.
  7. Swap over.
  8. Share how it felt to be blindfolded, to be the instructor, to feel the tree etc.

Hints & tips

  • Before you begin, invite all students to stand still with their eyes closed. How do they feel? 
  • This activity is part of Sensory Sensations class growing topic.

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