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Magic Eye 3-D Designs
Locate some Magic Eye postcards, calendar pictures, or books, such as Magic
Eye: A New Way of Looking at the World (by N.E. Thing Enterprises). You can
also check out a Magic Eye website at www.magiceye.com. Put the design
right up to your nose and very, very slowly pull it away from your face. Look
through the image without focusing on it. Try not to blink, and you will dis-
cover a hidden image that will magically appear. The key here is to let go of the
expectation of seeing something. Only when you do this and really look into
the design will an image appear. This is a tricky but useful activity in letting go
of expectations and seeing what actually appears.
Spot the Difference/Find the Details
The ability to see details and distinctions does not come easily, nor without
practice. A fun way to develop these skills is through the use of spot-the-
difference children’s books. You can do them alone or with a partner. There are
many of these books available in libraries and bookstores. Here is a list of a
I SPY from Scholastic Books. There are several of these books
available. They challenge you to find specific objects among myriad
objects based on a theme or a riddle.
Look! The Ultimate Spot-the-Difference Book by A. J. Wood. At first
glance the lush pictures on facing pages seem identical; but take a
closer look and discover fascinating differences.
Metamorphosis: The Ultimate Spot-the-Difference Book by Mike
Wilks. This is a much more complex spot-the-difference book. It
has illustrations and text to compare on facing pages. Adding to its
complexity, the underlying theme throughout the book is the cycle of
life. Visual Perception Games
Another way to heighten your ability to notice details is to play games
designed around visual perception. These can be played in a group or turned
into a game of solitaire. Two great examples are the card game Set™, designed
and distributed by Set Enterprises, Inc., www.setgame.com, and the board
game Blokus®, designed by Mattel.