Some time back, my cousin gave us these lovely Search and Find activity books published by Hinkler:
When we first got them, Hercules was a little too young to appreciate them so I put them away. I recently dug them out so that Aristotle, Hercules and I could work on it together. The books are designed so that the whole family can work on it together because the items to look for are both in picture format (so younger children who may not be able to read can still participate) and word format. A sample page looks like this:
There are several ways to play this activity – you can search for the items together or you can work individually. The pages tear out easily and are printed on one side only. Whenever Hercules gets bored and wants to start scribbling, I give him a bunch of pencils and he starts drawing on the back of the puzzles we’ve completed. This lets Aristotle and I continue searching in peace.
It’s a fun activity that everyone (young and old) can engage in. Even my MIL and FIL got into the action when we brought this book over. My FIL started bragging that he was the “best” finder because he managed to find three items that had eluded Aristotle and my MIL and he did it all with just a glance. Aside from being fun, it helps children develop memory power, concentration and observation skills, and reading vocabulary.
Hercules was reading out the words in the left column as he searched for the images that went with them. This is a great way to encourage early readers to sound out words since we are generally advised not to test them. When you give them an activity that makes reading relevant, your child will demonstrate his reading ability without any prompting required.
And did I mention it was fun?
Other titles in this series:
- Search & Find and Colour
- Seek And Find And Colour
- Seek And Find: With Stickers
- Search for Santa (Fun for All)
- Look & Look Again Haunted House Activity Pad (Halloween)
- Look & Look Again!® Scavenger Hunt
- Look and Look Again® Dino Find Plus Sticker Puzzle
- Look & Look Again!® Double-Find
- Just for Boys Search & Find
- Fun for All Search & Find®
More Search and Find books:
- Biggest Book of Seek & Find
- The Big Book of Seek and Find
- Big Book of Search and Find (Big Book of Series)
- Biggest Book of Search & Find
- The Biggest Search and Find Ever
- The Big Book of Look…and Look Again! (Paperback)
- The Everything Kids’ Hidden Pictures Book: Hours Of Challenging Fun! (Everything Kids Series)
- Hidden Pictures: Across America (Ultimate Hidden Pictures)
- Hidden Pictures: Under the Sea (Ultimate Hidden Pictures)
Character Look & Find books:
- Disney Classics Super Look and Find Activity Pad
- Disney Pixar Super Look and Find Activity Pad
- Disney Princess Super Look and Find Activity Pad
- Thomas & Friends Super Look and Find Activity Pad