25 Brilliant Optical Illusions For Kids

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An optical illusion (also called a visual illusion) is characterized by visually perceived images that differ from objective reality. The information gathered by the eye is processed in the brain to give a perception that does not tally with a physical measurement of the stimulus source.

There are three main types: literal optical illusions that create images that are different from the objects that make them, physiological ones that are the effects on the eyes and brain of excessive stimulation of a specific type (brightness, color, size, position, tilt, movement), and cognitive illusions, the result of unconscious inferences. Source Wikipedia.

Optical illusions for kids

These optical illusions for kids help them in increasing concentration power and sharpen their focus. Though these optical illusions are for kids, we are sure that adults will enjoy them, as well. As this collection is taken from all those chain mails, I have been getting, I don’t have the actual source of these illusions. But nevertheless, these illusions will blow you away.

Pink Dots

If your eyes follow the movement of the rotating pink dot, the dots will remain only one color, pink. However if you stare at the black ” +” in the center, the moving dots turns to green. Now, concentrate on the black ” + ” in the center of the picture. After a short period, all the pink dots will slowly disappear, and you will only see only a single green dot rotating. It’s amazing how our brain works. There really is no green dot, and the pink ones really don’t disappear. This should be proof enough, we don’t always see what we think we see.

Pink Dots

Bird in the bush

A Bird in the the bush

Bird in the bush

How many human faces can you find in this picture?

There are probably more than you first see, so keep trying. How did you do? Seeing 4-5 faces is average, 6-7, above average, 8-9 very observant, 10-11 extraordinary orbervant.

How many human faces can you find in this picture?

The Man in the Coffee Beans

The “illusion” is that this is just a picture of coffee beans; but it is not. Can you find a man’s face among the beans? Some say that if you find the man in 3 seconds or less, the right half of your brain may be more well developed than most.

The Man in the Coffee Beans

River or Men in white?

Um, you see the top of the picture it looks like river, but wait, aren’t they men in white?

River or Men in white?

what do you see below?

In black you can read the word GOOD; but the word EVIL also appears in white letters inside each black letter.

what do you see below?

Two elderly faces, or a larger scene?

Two elderly faces, or a larger scene?

Two elderly faces, or a larger scene?

Count the people

Count the people in the picture below. After they shift, count them again!

Count the people

Man playing a horn? Or woman’s face?

The man playing a horn is in profile facing right; the woman is facing you, and her right eye is the black dot in front of the horn handle

Man playing a horn? Or woman's face?

The Sort Of Optical Illusion That Grows On You

Stare at the black center. Do you see it getting bigger? Guess what. It’s not changing. Really it’s not. It’s the same size. But our mind thinks it is.

The Sort Of Optical Illusion That Grows On You

Optical Illusion

Can you count the black dots?

Optical Illusion

Do you see one man in this picture…

If you look very carefully, you’ll find 9 different faces in the picture; the 9th belongs to a dog.

Do you see one man in this picture...

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Colors

Read through this list of colors, only, instead of reading the word, say the color of each word.

Colors

Optical Illusion

Where does the puzzle begin and end?

Optical Illusion

Optical Illusion

This is called an “impossible object”, which means that it’s impossible to build. But drawing it is not impossible, as you see in the image.

Optical Illusion

Optical Illusion

Focus on the dot in the center, and move your head forwards and backwards. What happens? The outer circles appear to turn in opposite directions.

Optical Illusion

Color Perception Optical Illusion

How many colors are there in this picture, not including white? Answer is Two.

Color Perception Optical Illusion

Looking up, or looking down?

Looking up, or looking down?

Looking up, or looking down?

Chalice Artistic Optical Illusion

Can you see two different pictures? By changing your focus, you should also be able to see the white silhouette of two people facing each other in this double optical illusion.

Chalice Artistic Optical Illusion

Flying Illusion

watch this picture for some time and you will see a plane flying.

Flying Illusion

Rabbit or Duck?

A rabbit, looking right? Or a duck, looking left?

Rabbit or Duck?

Is this knot pairing of triangles physically possible?

Is this knot pairing of triangles physically possible?

Is this knot pairing of triangles physically possible?

Optical Illusion

What do you see? A face? Watch carefully and you will see the word “Liar”.

Optical Illusion

Count Cubes Illusion

Count the number of cubes you can see in this illusion. Be sure not to miss the colored area

Count Cubes Illusion

Spinning Wheels Optical Illusion

Do the wheels in this cool optical illusion seem to rotate?

Spinning Wheels Optical Illusion

As you can see, there are a ton of optical illusions out there that can really mess with your mind. It’s really cool to stare at some of these and daze off into them. Actually, it’s somewhat relaxing. However, make sure you don’t stare at them for too long, because they could cause you to have a headache.

If you like this article, you might be interested in some of our older articles on  Optical Illusions Pictures,  Pencil Sketches,  Photo-Manipulation Art, and  Astonishing Illustrations.

169 COMMENTS

  1. i think this is such a good website if your bored because i was sitting with my dad for like 10 mins looking at some of these -kills time people try it . xxxx

  2. I loved this website especially the “Counting Peeps” one.
    But I really did NOT get the aeroplane flying one, it isn’t moving one bit !
    =) ;’3

  3. if anybody is here then pwease tell meh……..how old is everybody in here?!!!imean….im like a flipping 10 year old speaking to teenagers!!!!am i?……ok…..now i feel like im talking to myself….

  4. this is amazing me and my friend are doing a power point on optical illusions!! it could be a little better if you put a few more illusions on so people don’t get threw them so fast! i will be showing my other friends and family this website! <3<3<3

  5. I saw the man’s face in the left of that image between the cofee bean !
    That one with the rabbit and the duck is also very interesting ;)

  6. hey everyone i love this website, fave one is the one where you have to find the faces i it has anyone found any yet cos ive found 3 omg its well hard LOL :)

  7. Here’s another illusion. is this an arrow, knife or an bunch of the letter “z”?

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  8. Wow, these are really clever optical illusions, some I got, some I didn’t get, but over all, they were fun to look at.

  9. I liked these optical illusions but some were not that entertaining , a no. of them were weird especially the coffee beans’ one……but I would love more fascinating ones … addressed to the designer can you create an optical illusion on my recent fav. celebrity BRETT LEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…….

  10. Wow some of these are so weird! I dont get the ” Do you see one man in this pictre”, I mean… Somewhere there’s a dog… But how?

  11. This is fun but its kind of hard:-) but its kind of stuped like some people like it and I said this because my causen told me to do it so that’s why:-)

  12. the weels do move and the man in the beans is in the bottom right corner and im 9 and i found him.
    HE IS BALD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL Roling On The Floor Laghfing!:)

  13. Excellent collection – thank you very much for sharing.

    Just one thing ;-) in “Colour Perception Optical Illusion” aren’t there 3 colours?

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