Blind Mice and Owls

Thinking & Engaging
Thinking & Engaging

In this short activity, participants will understand how the hearing abilities of owls help them to eat and survive.


  • Blindfolds
  • Paper


There’s a reason owls are considered to be the wisest animals. As they sit still, they are listening to everyone and everything in the forests they live in. Every footstep, every peep.


  1. Create a large circle with no obstacles for students to trip over.
  2. Assign a few students to be mice and one student to be an owl.
  3. Blindfold each student and discuss that owls have great sense of hearing which helps them locate their prey.
  4. Provide the mice a noisemaker such as crinkled up paper.
  5. The mice are to roam around the circle making noise. The owl is to find the prey following the noise.


  • Make it more difficult for the owl by adding other sounds such as letting the other students in the circle make wind and creaking noises that may be in a forest.


  • Make sure the space is clear of obstacles so as to prevent tripping.


Following a few minutes of this activity, reconvene and ask a few questions:

  • Was it easy or difficult to locate your prey?
  • How about when more noises were made? 


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