Lucia and I had already watched Temple Grandin's TED talk plus a few interviews. I'd already seen the film without her, and knew the few scenes where I wanted her to avert her eyes. I wasn't sure what Lucia would take away from the film, but I wasn't surprised that the film fanned her interest in optical illusions.
After we watched Temple Grandin, Lucia tried to make an Ames room model (named after ophthalmologist Adelbert Ames), in which two figures that are the same size look different when viewed through a peep-hole. All afternoon and into the evening, she bustled about with cardboard, paper, scissors, and tape-- lots and lots of tape. She got frustrated at several points, and fumed that Grandin had gotten it right so easily. I reminded her of how often Grandin's temper flared, and said, "We can get some optical illusion books out of the library." One of her favorite books was Walter Wick's Optical Tricks.
Yesterday, Bede printed out a template to make the Ames room, and Lucia noted that she needed a much larger layout for her satisfaction. Here are her notes from her composition book: