Tiny Pants Photo Challenge

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In this activity, learners use a simple trick of perspective to dress friends in tiny cutout clothing. Learners make tiny pants out of card stock and tape them to the end of a stick. Then, learners hold them in front of a friend standing in the distance so that it looks like the friend is wearing the tiny pants. Learners can take photos and post them on the site's Flickr page. Use this optical illusion activity to discuss depth perception.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 18

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • one or two friends
  • paper and colored pens (to draw pants), or magazines (with photos of pants)
  • card stock
  • glue
  • scissors
  • straws or other sticks
  • tape
  • digital camera
  • ruler or tape measure


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Vision
      • Perception
  • Mathematics
    • Measurement
      • Size and Scale
  • Physical Sciences
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Light and Optics

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Outdoor Activity
  • Photography and Film/Video


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All rights reserved, Exploratorium, 2010

Funding Sources:

  • National Science Foundation
  • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation