In the first activity we are using the optical illusion photos. We pair the children up and have them look at their set of pictures and then change to another set. Each one talks about what they have seen. It is rare that everyone sees the same thing and that brings about a fun and lively discussion to bring attention to the subject.
Next we hand each child a tablet of black "chalkboard" paper and chalk. Half of the room will be given a tablet with a simple geometric design on it. They may not show it to the partner with the blank tablet, but will describe the design so that the opposing partner can duplicate the design. It is such a fun activity because when the partners share the pictures it is always a good laugh. The , "Oh, I thought you said", or , "I thought I said"... helps us talk about how we see things differently, and there is no blame or shame in that, only people trying to communicate and get their needs met.