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My kids are big fans of the Where’s Waldo books. They can spend quite a long time searching for the sneaky striped character. These classic books are great exercises in patience and visual distinction. One day I found similar educational hide and seek books at a local used book store. I actually like these books better than the well known Waldo variety.
I take advantage of these fun educational books by including them in either seasonal book baskets or boredom busting baskets. I find that these books frequently coordinate well with our history or geography lessons.
Educational Hide and Seek Books
This book is set up as if the reader is going on an amazing world tour. Each two page spread features another amazing destination with plenty of things to find. For example, in the Japan section, children are encouraged to find sushi, 20 school children with backpacks, 16 kimonos, 3 bullet trains, a capsule hotel, and other culturally appropriate items. Children will actually learn about other regions of the world and their cultures as they work their way through the book.
- Middle East
- The Alps
- East Africa
- The Amazon
- Cruise ship
The Great Animal Search introduces children to a wide variety of animals located all across the globe. Each page features a different region around the world. The reader is tasked with finding animals that are native to that environment. The hidden animals are marked on the last few pages in case a child is truly stuck and needs help.
- North America – Back in time (dinosaurs)
- North America – Conifer Forests
- North America – Steamy Swamps
- North America – Dusty Deserts
- North Pole
- North Pacific Ocean
- South America – Rainforests
- North Africa – Hot and Dry
- East Africa – African Plains
- Northern Europe – Hidden Homes
- Northern Europe – By the Sea
- East Asia – Mountains
- India – Light and Dark (jungles)
- Australia – Magical World (ocean)
- Australia – Out and About (outback)
- South Pole
- Britain – Home Garden
- Britain – On the Farm
The Great History Search is similar to the other titles in this series. Children are introduced to various time periods around the world while they search for historically and culturally appropriate objects. They might try to find a two-handled jar at a Greek market in 450BC or an elephant at an Indian wedding in 1600.
- 15,000 B.C – Early people
- 5,000 B.C. – First farmers
- 5,000 B.C. – Living in cities
- 2,500 B.C. – Pyramids
- 700 B.C – Going into battle
- 450 B.C. – At the market
- 50 – The bath house
- 900 – Winter feasts
- 1100 – 1200 – Village life
- 1300 – 1400 – Castle life
- 1400 – 1500 – Inca homes
- 1500 – 1600 – A Chinese party
- 1600 – 1700 – Indian wedding
- 1650 – Busy ports
- 1750 – At the ball
- 1850 – Factory town
- 1870 – 1880 – Prairie homes
- 1930’s – Department stores
Have your children ever used an educational hide and seek book? These books are a great addition to any child’s library.
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