It sounds like a disorder of some kind, but it’s nothing more than the ability to see a cat in the cloud above. Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (usually an image or sound) being perceived as significant. In other words, when you see a little face in a light socket, an animal in a cloud, or a growling mouth in the front grille of a car, that’s pareidolia. It’s about the mind trying to make sense of the abstract, and it’s a great concept to explore with children.
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Every year, I look forward to seeing OCAD University’s graduate exhibition. On display is work from over 500 graduating students, from twelve undergraduate programs. I always leave inspired by what I’ve seen, and filled with ideas that I look forward to exploring with children. Here are a few things I loved. Continue reading