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In the Middle

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    University of Washington

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In the Middle

In this game-like activity (5th activity on the page), learners explore their auditory acuity as well as the importance of having two ears. Learners sit in a circle with a blindfolded learner sitting in the middle. Learners in the circle take turns calling the blindfolded person's name, who then tries to point in the direction of the voice and identify the speaker. Learners compare the accuracy of the blindfolded person's guesses as well as what happens when they cover one ear. Use this activity to investigate how we hear and/or as an ice breaker activity. This activity page includes a link to background information about the ear and hearing.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Game


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Chair for center subject
  • Blindfold


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • The Brain and Nervous System
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Hearing
  • Physical Sciences
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Sound

Informal Categories

  • Games


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • hear
  • be mobile

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Chudler, Ph.D., Eric H.


  • All Rights Reserved, Eric H. Chudler, ©2009


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