Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Windows and Mirrors: A Program about Diversity for Grades 4-5

Activity 3: Trust Walk

Activity time: 10 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • A few scarves to cover participants' eyes

Preparation for Activity

  • Identify a large, open indoor or (preferably) outdoor space to accommodate a trust walk.

Description of Activity

These exercises present an essential idea-the value of interdependence. The group tests the boundaries of their trust in one another by experimenting with dependency. The trust walk also challenges group members to expand their perception of the world to include information picked up by senses other than sight. These exercises work best outdoors, but a large indoor space will do.

Ask group members to pair up. If there is not an even number of participants, be prepared to pair a co-leader with a child.

Explain the trust walk:

One partner shuts their eyes or covers them by tying on a scarf. The other is the guide and will lead their partner around the space by touch. You can decide whether to allow speaking or not. The guide is responsible for the safety of their partner.

Encourage children to explore unusual areas where the ground or the air might feel different. Have all pairs return after a specified time and switch roles.

Including All Participants

Be mindful of accessibility issues. Modify the activity if someone is in a scooter or wheelchair. You can allow a participant to lead someone verbally to a point in the room if it would be difficult to move as a pair.

Some people are uncomfortable being blindfolded; make sure you explain the activity clearly so people know what to expect. Anyone can opt out if they are uncomfortable with the activity.