This is a tried and tested fun activity that can be used as a back-to-school ice breaker. The resource contains an engaging, 40 slide PowerPoint that asks pupils to choose between two things. Examples include:
Xbox or PlayStation
pizza or burger
Coronation Street or EastEnders
sweets or chocolate
Ed Sheeran or Shawn Mendes
football or rugby
The pupils are asked to make a choice between a white van or a red sports car. However, there is no sports car - as it is an ‘optical illusion’ - the car is ‘painted’ on the van.
Further optical illusions are introduced. There is also a hyperlink to an entertaining ‘optical illusion dance’ by teachers.
A pupil choice sheet is also included. The choices could be made in different ways, individually, with a partner or in a small group.
There are also slides about optical illusions which contain messages which you may want to explore with your class or group at a later date.
The main messages are:
What we see and what is actually happening is not always the same and sometimes we jump to wrong conclusions - as exemplified in images that appear to be moving but are not.
We do not always see things from other people’s point of view - as exemplified in the young lady / old woman image
We do not always see the good things in people or situations - as exemplified in the ‘good / evil’ image
We sometimes put ourselves first instead of others - as exemplified in the me/you illusion image.
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