I have fond memories of looking through old picture books with my mom. She would ask me to find a certain type of animal, or a man on a bike, or a lady with a hat. We would spend hours looking through books, her asking questions while I carefully examined the book. It probably led to my being so detail oriented!
Nowadays there are volumes of books dedicated to this kind of “seek and find” play. Think back through the years; you’ll remember a number of books such as Where’s Waldo? the I Spy series and Hidden Pictures by Highlights. We received a book for Christmas called, Giant Family Fun Pad of Seek and Find by KidsBooks. The pages are poster-sized and the illustrations are colorful. While their website says that the interest level starts at 5, all my kids love looking at them.
Not only are these types of books great for increasing a child’s vocabulary and skills at observation, but they also lend themselves to parent-child interaction. The other night I sat down with my four-year old. He loved getting a chance to steal my lap from his baby sister as we looked through the book together.
Consider checking out these kinds of books from the library or follow these links to downloadable versions.