25 Brilliant Optical Illusions For Kids

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.

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...


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


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 PicturesPencil SketchesPhoto-Manipulation Art, and Astonishing Illustrations.

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  • superstar

    so cool though some i don’t get

    • tiffany

      which don’t you get?

    • http://slodive.com haley

      Do you get the coffee bean one?

      • isabelle

        yes i did you have to find a man in the coffie bean one

      • rodolfo

        yes u dont c it

        • 2013

          i think im goin crazy

      • dennis

        At first i thought it would be something else like a man out of coffee beans, but its actually a man

        • elizabeth

          i thought it was going to be like a man made out of coffe beans to

          • miley

            this is cool but wierd and fun but i like the 1 with the colors 1 i got so confused at first but know i can do it fast yellow purple grey orange green and i dont want 2 put a;; of them cuz im 2 lazy hahahaha you guys should make a acount on igirlsgames its so fun ok try it bye;)

            • http://www.msn.com grace

              i thight it was cool <3

      • willie

        yes yes yes it around the top right corner! it looks like one of the characters on popi

        • jessica

          no its in the bottom

        • mrs. clark

          my son found it in 1 sec flat!!!! i am so so proud of him!! but sadly my dear, it is not in the upper right hand corner as you had thought. keep looking. it is actually fascinating as it is the ONLY bean that does not look like the others. GOOD LUCK!

          • bailey

            i have already found the man and no im not gonna tell anyone

            • sophia

              i found it too

      • Mikayla

        yes i do

      • holly

        nope tell me please

      • caity

        my mom doesnt see the face on the on where it says liar but the its also a mans face

      • abdullah

        yeah, the man in the coffee beans is only a mans head in the bottom left!

    • http://slodive.com rachael

      i have one

      *find the drowning man


  • tiffany

    this are awesome optical illusions but i don’t get the coffee bean one

    • holly

      you look for the man

      • tiffany

        never mind i found it its a small mans face

      • alycat20

        i know i seen that alision like a thousand times already

    • illousion

      there is a man at the bottom right hand corner!! :)

      • anonamous

        no illousion.the mans face is on the bottom but it’s in between the left side and the middle

      • Rosie

        your not meant to say you *censored* :(!

    • Sammy

      Look at the bottom left then look all the way at the bottom to the right it’s not a coffee bean it’s actuly a humans face

  • http://slodive.com molly

    i dont get that one either!

  • ashley bellamy

    it is a mint website everyone should go on it its cool even my teachers say its good lol

    • http://slodive.com vxc

      mint yh
      ur a teachers pet

  • Dimond

    I love this but it is bitchey

    • Bella

      It isnt b******y it depends on ur mind DUH

      • Rebecca

        some children use this website so watch the language!!! thanks >.<

        • Matthew

          At least someone actually realizes that!

          • tamara

            That is cool but its kind of hard:-) .

        • MORGAN

          I agree dont use that!!!!!!!!!! Im only 11 your lucky Im mature(;

        • Emma

          Yes, thank you :)

          • Abbie

            I don’t get the coffee bean one. I also don’t get how many faces. (Both of them!)

      • billy

        yeah i am oly 10

    • Durrrrrrrrr

      Hey dimond u spelled diamond wrong and stop cussing kids love this sight u immature selfish little girl

  • http://slodive.com jess

    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

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    • eddi

      i love u

  • illousion

    awesome my brain hurts now…

  • http://www.youtube.com illusion

    I haven’t got that flying illussion one. How does it fly? i watched it for long time nothing seems to be happen!!!

    • ? Carmen

      Yes i do agree that the airplain did not fly how ever when you stare at the picture in the background you begin to zone out and become very tired! what a fun picture!

    • Rosie Allan

      The flying one ,,,,,,,, the dots on the wallpaaper are clocks get it :) Heyy add me on moshi monsters

      (rosieelliemae) xxx

    • willie


  • john


    • nameless

      echalk optical illusions

  • Isabella

    I love these :)

  • Alex

    This is awesome! I have always been interested in optical illusions, but these are THE BEST i’ve EVER seen! Top of the line!

  • anahi

    this is eally asome in fact smokin cool

  • ta\beer

    apparently asam.

  • Jackie

    This is a cool website. I did not get “count the people”. Please help me to understand the number concept.

    • anonamous

      the first time u count the people there is 13 people but when it swaps there are only 12 people

  • Phoebe

    I didnt get the flying one or the puzzle one but the good and evil one was cool!!!! ;-) ;-)

  • Diya

    It was the best site ever!!!!!!!!!!!! But I did not get the Flying Illusion one. I didn t see the airplane move.

  • Room 19

    Hey its Room 19 and these illusions are so AWSOME especially the JESUS one! :-)


  • http://slodive.com haley

    Do any of you get the coffee bean one cause i don’t ieven doubt that there’s any mans face in it! Please answer my question!

    • anonamous

      there is a mans face it is at the bottom mainly on the left but quite close to the middle

  • Anonymous

    these are awsome i just dont get the a bird in the bush, flying illusion and the puzzle one

    • Hello Waldo!

      In the bird in the bush one it really says: The Bird In The The Bush. There are two thes.

    • ninja

      theres two thes but you don’t see it right away

  • cherryblossom

    i think they are all great aspecially the vase one and the dotty one dont u think????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • emily :D

      that was so cool i almost fainted

  • justin

    i love this website lol… i can actually find something intersting, when i dont feel like doin skool work lol =)

  • tina

    wow awsome ones

  • Nicole

    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

  • Nicole

    Somebody please tell meh who de fi is i am Nicole nta and im ment to do so……….

  • Nicole

    That was my bro… Sorry. ;’3 =)

  • http://slodive.com love

    all of it is easy if u look realy hard on them

  • In School room

    so hey guys… I don’t understand any of them! STUPID!

  • Jag

    Those were COOL and CREEPY Dude………….

  • K.C.

    All of these are AWESOME and COOL!!!!!! I did not see the plane flying either!!!!!

  • zack

    can someone tell me what to focus on, on the plane flying illusion???

  • mariapico24

    i love it so much
    it’s so strange but in the same time funny

  • JuliaRose94

    i love this website i love looking at this. it is soo awesome

    • andrea


  • andrea

    anywhone here?!

  • andrea

    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….

  • http://slodive.com/inspiration/optical-illusions-for-kids/ Bob

    This is so cool for kids!

  • nameless

    echalk optical illusions is one theres a spinning swirl thatll make your eyes go weird try it

  • Awesome Dudette

    Sweet website showing all my friends!!!!

  • http://slodive.com/inspiration/optical-illusions-for-kids/ Anounamous…

    You know I actualy got the one with the mans face hidden in the coco beans in under 3 seconds that means my right side of my brain is devoloped

  • http://slodive.com gora

    kewlll … love it!

  • cake 12

    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

  • Phoebe

    I get the coffee bean one plus some of them are boring

  • Ankit Bhatt

    Yes! i have got the coffee one……. Look carefully at the last line! :)

  • Anja

    I LOVE THIS THEY TRICK MY MIND IT IS AWSOME!!!!! i LAUGHED at some they ae kinda funny and wierd at the same time!!!!

    • http://toby.com Farquar

      You spelled weird wrong.

  • Danny

    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 ;)

  • chase

    The coffee bean: The mans face is the size of a coffee bean. It is on the bottom between the left side and the middle.

  • chase

    i didn’t get the “where the puzzle ends” and “Count the number of people when they shift”

    • rodolfo

      there r 12 then it changes to 14

  • Ta’mon

    This is so cool. It’s like it plays tricks on your mind.

  • Josh

    I thought that was awsome dont dis LOL you ***** JOKE

  • delaney

    stop swaring im only 5 and a half tomorrow

    • http://toby.com Farquar

      What are you doing on the computer if you’re 5? And he didn’t swear. And you spelled swear wrong!

      • moshi monsters

        just leave the poor kid alone… its only 5
        my brother was 5 when he got his own laptop you meany

  • atlanta

    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 :)

  • ryukhen

    this is freafing amazing

  • jake

    this is so cool lllooooooollll

  • Blake

    morgan hmu if your 11(;

  • Anonymous


  • Nakura

    This website is really REALLY long, but its really fun for kids probably under 16 or so.

  • Molly

    I don’t get the coffee bean one, I can’t seem to find the face. Or is it faces?

    • skdhbfklwhbl

      The man in the coffe beans is a third of the way on the left at the bottom

  • bobby mo

    I get the coffee bean one the man is at the bottom in the middle closer to the left he barely has hair LOL

  • caitland

    made me really tiered :0 (yawn)

  • Durrrrrrrrr

    Nobody cuss on this website u immature rotten selfish kids !!!!!!!!

  • A.I


  • none of your buisness

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


    • http://toby.com Farquar

      That’s the stupidest thing ever.

      • maharshi

        dont u have any other work…………..

  • Anthony

    this really makes me dizzy

  • Jessica

    For the man in the beans, look at the very bottom, and concentrate on what you’re looking for.

  • http://victoriapod.com Joseph

    The Pink Dots will make your eyes roll and roll following the green dots.

  • ~Kitty~

    I do not get the looking up or looking down one CONFUSED xD

  • Delyth

    Love these! But there are 2 I don’t get – the aeroplane doesn’t move neither do the wheels on the truck!

  • Banks

    This is so awesome.

  • Emalie

    coffee beans illusion is freaky!!! ‘——-‘

  • melody

    Looking at these mad my brain hurt.

  • Lee-Lee

    i loved the dots it would have been prettier if it was blue

  • amanda

    hey… i’m only 10 but i get these… a little

  • Marium

    My 4 yr old daughter figured out the coffee bean one in just a sec.I was really surprised b’coz i couldn’t.

  • http://www.geekandblogger.com Pavan Somu

    The illusions are simply superb. The designer must have a awesome skills to make such an wonderful illusions. Hats off to them. Pinned the images.

  • wonttellyu

    i dont get the flying airplane??

  • fdfds

    just get o ver it

  • Mary

    This is wonderful, “CONGRATULATION”

  • http://Opticalillusionsforkids.com J Movement

    Omg so fascinating but some were so uncalled for and confusing but i mostly loved it!

  • Rosie Li

    I love it but I didn’t get the coffee bean one

  • ezzer

    i thought it was absolutley weird my favourite one was the man in the coffee beens, its sooooo weird

  • Jessica

    I dont get the coffee bean one…where is the face…?

    • Cassidy

      on the bottom!

  • jors


  • http://www.blogged.jimdo.com Ben Stuart

    I love these optical tricks, they give lots for the viewer to talk about, thanks for the post

  • Chelsey-Ann Stuart

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

  • nistha lahiri – from INDIA

    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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…….

  • Jai

    Brilliant optical illusions here. The Man in the Coffee Beans is funny. Hahahah! The rest are great illusions. Great post.

    • cam

      I like cheese

  • John

    I like so much :)

  • moshi monsters

    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?

  • tamara’

    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:-)

  • charlie

    omg it is so bloody hard save me. lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol

  • rachel haggis

    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!:)

  • RACHEL:)

    the man is so easy to find he is at the bottom right corner

  • Rachel

    woah.. these r cool :))) i feel so stupid after doing some of them tho lol :P

  • Sierra

    I need help on the one where they switch the people around:( I’m so stuck!

    • Sierra

      Is anybody here?

  • Annabel

    Awsome I don’t get some of them how do they do that

  • https://www.facebook.com/nikhil.sharma.982845 Nikhil Sharma

    Wow these artworks looks very real and some of the artworks are very funny too.

  • daisy beeita

    the coffe bean on i found in just 2 secs!

  • http://slodive.com/inspiration/optical-illusions-for-kids/ Ada

    That was so cool I didnt get some of them and I found the man in the coffee beans 2 secs flat!

  • Sio

    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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