Giulio Bonanome

Pareidolia Icebreaker Template

In this treasure hunt, participants have to stand up and search for an object that looks like a face (or use inanimate objects to create a face). This is a fun activity to start a creative workshop where people have to look at things from a new perspective.

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What is the Pareidolia icebreaker? 😁

Pareidolia is a type of illusion or misperception involving a vague or obscure stimulus being perceived as something clear and distinct. For example, when we see animals in the clouds or faces from inanimate objects.

In this treasure hunt, participants stand up and search for an object in their surroundings that looks like a face. They can either bring the object to the camera or share a picture in the chat.

Getting people to stand up and share something from their environment creates an opportunity for connection, gets the creative juices flowing, and gets the blood bumping!

How to run this icebreaker

  1. Ask participants if they ever see faces where there are none, like from cars, plugs, or houses.
  2. Explain what “pareidolia” means and show the examples from the flashcard deck.
  3. Ask them to stand up and search for an example of pareidolia around them to show everyone. If they can’t bring the actual object to the screen, suggest taking a photo and uploading it to the chat.
  4. Invite some participants to share the story behind the objects they bring back.

About the creator

Giulio Bonanome is a workshopper, learning designer, and facilitator. Giulio’s purpose is to design and facilitate learning experiences through play, reflection, and sharing. He supports people and companies in activating discovery and change processes.


1-10 mins

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