# Tongue Twister for Your Eyes

August 3, 2018

Does this picture look right to you? An “optical illusion” is a shape or pattern that looks different from what was actually drawn. Straight lines that look curved, boxes that look flipped inside out…stuff like that. Well, here’s one that trips up your eyes along with your tongue! Starting in the top row of the picture, say the color of each word’s letters, instead of reading the word itself. How fast can you say all the right colors? It starts off all well and good, because the words and their colors match. But soon the words start showing up in colors that don’t match what they say. You keep wanting to read the words instead of saying the colors. See if you can trick your brain into behaving!

Wee ones: How many times does the word “red” show up in red letters like it should? Count them!

Little kids: Which row has the most words in it?  Bonus: There are 5 purple-colored words, and 5 words that really are the word “purple” — and 1 of those words is in both groups (a purple “purple”). How many words is that in total?

Big kids: If you can get through each of the 8 rows in 3 seconds with no mistakes, how fast can you say the whole puzzle?  Bonus: If you have 3 words — red, blue, and green — and those 3 colors, how many ways can you use all 3 colors to write those words without any word matching its own color?