This game should be played at a party so no one sees the soft toys except for theirs. As soon as guests arrive take their soft toy. Set up the box in the room with all the soft toys from all the players, and ensure you gather enough cloths so that everybody can be blindfolded. You may also need a blanket to cover the box with.
Step 1: Have all the children sit around the box in a circle. Have the box covered by the blanket in the middle, so the children can’t see inside..
Step 2: Choose one child to be it, “it” sits nears the box and needs to be blindfolded.
Step 3: When his blindfold is secure, take a soft toy from the box and place it in the circle, ensuring it does not know where, as he is not allowed to feel it. He is not allowed to feel the other toys either, so ensure he does not know where the box is. So spin him around and place in somewhere in the circle so he does not know where he is. The first person in the circle describes the soft toy to it, but he better hurry because he has to do it before you have time to blindfold him. Do not use sleep masks, use cloths that must be folded, so to take a tea towel, for example, and fold it over your knee and secure the knot over his eyes, he must stop when he is blindfolded and you ask “can you see?”.
Step 4: If he says he can see you must remove the cloth and unfold it and start again, giving him more time to describe the soft toy. If he confirms that he is blind, the next player can give further detail before his eyes are covered.
Step 5: When the last player is blindfolded, put the toy back in the box and mix up the pile. The blindfolded player is then spun around and guided to the box. He must feel around and find the toy and pull it out when he thinks he found the right one. No one is allowed to talk.
The reason everybody else is blindfolded is so they can’t see which one he has pulled out. Because if he found the wrong one, he has to describe it If one of the players identifies it as theirs, it has to return the toy and the owner becomes it for round two. If it found the right soft toy the are still. Whoever is it. Everyone but it removes their blindfold. You collect all blindfolds and unfold them, ready for the next round.
Just make sure you have a pile with more cloths then players just to ensure you don’t run out of blindfolds. But do not use sleep masks as you need to take the time to fold cloths for this game. Or use white or thin cloths so you need to spend more time folding them. But ensure you can still fold them so that no one can see through them.
To give the describers a chance make it so you have to run back and forth to your pile of blindfold cloths.
A short hand game is blindfold everyone in a circle give someone a soft toy to describe and the owner has to sing out and then the toy has to be passed around to the owner with all blindfolds secure. Then give another toy to another player. Add soft toys that no one brought to trick everyone. To increase the challenge don’t let players name the animal.
Sara Shaw author of Beaucoup Bandanas suggests having each person who is blindfolded receive a toy that is not theirs. Then go around the circle have each child take turns describing the stuffed toy they are holding. The owner who is also in the circle holding a different stuffed animal can say that is mine and claim their stuffed animal. They maybe right they maybe wrong. Once they get the stuffed animal they claimed it is their turn to describe the stuffed animal they were given and then see if the owner can identify/claim theirs by the description. Do this until everyone has a chance to describe the stuffed animal and claim a stuffed animal. Next give everyone about a minute to examine the stuffed animal they claimed. If they don’t think it is theirs they are then given a chance to describe the one they have and try to find theirs. After the second round have the group remove their blindfolds and see how they did.
Instead of using stuffed animals everyone could give up a shoe and you could do this with shoes. Or pillows or blankets or some other personal item that campers brought to camp.
I might suggest having the toys at their feet and only letting them feel it when it is their go so that the person going last doesn’t have the advantage of having more time to feel the soft toy. Using stuffed animals can be a challenge as the blindfolded feelers can’t just say “this is soft and cuddly and fluffy”.