Reading and Pattern Recognition Quick Puzzle

Brief Description/Purpose

Quickie fun exercise you can use as an icebreaker, or energizer, or with a little thought you can tie it into your course content.


Brain teaser

Age Appropriate

Any age

Ideal Group Size

Any size

Time For Exercise

1-2 minutes, longer if debriefed to course goals.


Reading, pattern recognition, Gestalt

Detailed Instructions If Needed

Introduce this as a task that about half of people cannot do:

DIsplay this on overhead or other display device.

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Give ten seconds to read, and then see how many could read to the end.

Possible debrief: What does this tell us about how human beings process any information?