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Illusion & Deception Lesson

Updated on November 19, 2014
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Use this fun, hands-on lesson or "play date" activity to explore deception and illusions in art, magic tricks, literature, and more! I created this "lesson" to do as a two hour "play date" with my young children and some of their friends. Use this fun lesson with your class, family, preschool, or or homeschool co-op group!

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Deception and Illusion

1. Pray. Read and discuss Deuteronomy 18:9-11. Ask what how God protects us from getting deceived/tricked.

2. Reading about Daniel in lion's den and then briefly talk about how the advisers were being deceptive.

3. Illusion in art: Use pictures from M.C. Escher or optical illusion pictures and talk about how they trick the eye.

YOU WILL NEED: pictures from M.C. Escher

Daniel in the Lions Den:  Daniel 6 for Children
Daniel in the Lions Den: Daniel 6 for Children

This is the perfect length for young children and stays true to what is stated in the Bible. I also like the historically inspired illustrations.

 
The Magic Mirror of M.C. Escher
The Magic Mirror of M.C. Escher

My children loved looking at M.C. Escher's illusions from this book!

 
Image credit: http://www.kids-fun-and-games.com/magic-tricks-for-kids.html
Image credit: http://www.kids-fun-and-games.com/magic-tricks-for-kids.html

Illusions in Magic

4. Optical illusion: Show a pen in a glass half-filled with water. Talk about why it looks broken.

YOU WILL NEED: a pen an a glass half-filled with water

5. Illusion in magic: Teach the children 2 simple magic tricks and have the each child perform them for us.

a. Show how to push a penny through your elbow. Hide one penny in your right hand. Take a second penny, show it to the audience, and then act like you're pushing it hard into your elbow. While you do that, position the penny between 2 fingers, move your arm up and drop the penny down the back of your shirt. Then open your right hand and pretend like it was the same one.

b. Make a pen "disappear" by hitting it against your hand and tapping down dramatically while counting, "One, Two, Three." After the count of 2 toss the pen behind your back but still pretend like you have it when you're counting, "Three."

YOU WILL NEED: 2 pennies per child, 1 pen per child, & a magician hat (optional)

Illusions and Miracles

6. Illusion vs. Miracle: Read the story of Jesus changing water to wine and discuss illusion vs. miracle.

7. Deception: Ask who the "great deceiver" is in Bible and ask who he deceived and how. Remind the children of the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Mention how we are disobeying God when we are deceptive like Satan and we lie.

Jesus' First Miracle - Arch Books
Jesus' First Miracle - Arch Books

This was the perfect length for young children and has nice illustrations.

 

Deception in Literature: Snow White and Aesop's Fables

8. Read "Snow White" and ask who deceived and who was deceived. Note how God judged queen by sending her to a quick death. God will judge and destroy those who disobey Him.

9. Read Aesop's Fable "The Fox and the Crow." If desired, make a lapbook using this free set of lapbook pages on Aesop's Fables.

10. Snack: Cheese (like crow had) and crackers.

YOU WILL NEED: cheese, crackers, napkins, & cups for water

11. Make paper bag puppets of the fox and crow. You can use this image for the fox puppet and this image for the crow puppet. Have each child perform "The Fox and the Crow" with their puppets.

YOU WILL NEED: 2 paper bags per child, construction paper, markers, & scissors

12. Review what we learned.

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