Blind Bartimaeus Activities

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has been an educator for 25+ years - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a university instructor. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

The story of Blind Bartimaeus occurs in the Gospel of Mark in the New Testament of the Bible. Use the activities below to help students understand and identify with the characters and the lesson from this story.

Jesus Heals Bartimaeus

The story of Jesus healing Bartimaeus is an important story for young learners to hear and understand as it teaches a solid lesson in faith. After telling the story and reading the scripture with students, it is fun to involve them in different activities that make the lesson come to life. The following activities have been designed for use with the story of Blind Bartimaeus and can be adapted for use with different ages.

What is it Like to be Blind?

Let students try to maneuver around the room as if they were blind like Bartimaeus.

Materials: writing paper and pencils, several pairs of cheap sunglasses with the lenses covered in paper or petroleum jelly (anything that will obscure vision)

  • Put students into small groups (so that each group will be able to have at least one pair of sunglasses).
  • Give each group a pair of sunglasses and have one person in each group wear them.
  • Ask those with sunglasses to try and walk about the room (or you could take the class outside to give them more space).
  • The rest of each group should stay close to be sure the ''blinded'' person does not fall or run into anything.
  • Have students take turns wearing the sunglasses to get a feel for what it is like to be blind.
  • Bring students together and have each student compose a short paragraph describing their experience.

Who Am I?

Play a game so that students can practice using their ears to identify what is going on around them (just as Bartimaeus would have).

Materials: a blindfold

  • Write the following words on the board for students to see: ''Who am I, Bartimaeus?''
  • Have everyone recite the words on the board.
  • Arrange students in a circle on the floor.
  • Call on one student and have him/her stand in the middle of the circle.
  • Put the blindfold on the student.
  • Next, quietly point to one of the students sitting in the circle. Have that student say the words you've written on the board.
  • Ask the student with the blindfold to try and point to the student speaking, but also identify who they think it is (without looking).
  • Explain that this is what it feels like to be blind.
  • Repeat the process until several (or all) of the students have had a chance to participate.

A Lesson in Faith

The lesson learned from the story of Blind Bartimaeus is one of faith. Use this activity to develop this idea.

Materials: writing paper and any props students find necessary for developing a skit

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