There is one thing that will keep my 7 year old engaged for ages.
This magical thing even kept him still and quiet when he was three and four years old.
It’s not a screen (though I confess he does love the ipad, probably more than he loves me), it’s books, find and seek books!
Find and seek books like ‘Where’s Waldo?’ (or Wally as he is known in Australia) or any book where you have to hunt through the images looking for things will keep my son happily engaged for ages!
These find and seek books are magical! They keep kids interested, they work on pre-reading and reading skills, visual discrimination skills, and so much more. We love them!
If find and seek books work like magic on your kids too, check out some of our favourites below.
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I Spy: A Book of Picture Riddles by Jean Marzollo, Walter Wick, and Carol Devine Carson
I Spy books were one of the first find and seek books we ever read, and my kids still love them. They clover the clever rhyming riddles, the cool pictures, and the fact that there are still some things we haven’t found years later!
Spot What! by Nick Bryant
Spot What! books are another great find and seek series that my kids love. They have bright colourful images and offer quite a challenge.
Where’s Wally/Waldo? by Martin Handford
Here in Australia we call him Wally, but in the US his name is Waldo! My kids think it is hysterical that he has different names, but they still love all the Where’s Wally books.
1001 Monster Things to Spot by Gillian Doherty, Teri Gower
My youngest got this book when he was four, and he has loved it ever since! There are lots of other books in the same series too. Another favourite is 1001 Things to Spot Long Ago and Where did they Go? is also another great one by the same publisher.
Animalia by Graeme Base
This is not your ordinary alphabet book! Apart from having fun finding all the crazy things on the page starting with that letter, there is also a little boy hidden in every picture!
Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug! by Mem Fox and Laura Ljungkvist
This is a lovely book for beginner find and seekers. The ladybug is hiding, but not too difficult to find, and her location is revealed after each page.
Welcome to Mamoko by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski.
This is not a traditional find and seek book, in this book you pick a character, finding them on each page and creating their story as you go along. There are several Mamoko books and the pictures in all of them are amazing! So many tiny details and interesting stories to be made.
Star Wars Where’s the Wookiee by Lucasfilm Ltd
If your kids are Star Wars fans they will love this fun book. Find Chewie before the bounty hunters do! My kids loved that each page shows a familiar setting from the movies, and spotting Chewie is not an easy task.
The Odd One Out by Britta Teckentrup
The gorgeous pictures and clever riddles in this book will keep everyone entertained. There is also another book in this series call Find the Pair which is great too.
Spot, the Cat by Henry Cole
This is a wordless picture book so it’s all about imagination and storytelling. I love the pictures in this book and it is lots of fun trying to find Spot the Cat on each page.
Do your kids love find and seek books?
We are always looking for new find and seek books for our book shelf. If you’ve got a favourite title please share it in the comments below so we can check it out!