Draw Your Own Seek and Find Puzzle
1. Think of a theme: food, faces, animals, buildings, monsters, flowers, cupcakes, or whatever strikes your fancy.
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2. Fill up your paper with lots of drawings of objects in your theme. My daughter likes to use notecards because they are small and sturdy.
3. Make a list of what people should search and find. This can go on a separate paper.
4. Give your seek and find drawing to a friend to solve. They can point to the pictures if you don’t want them to mark on your drawings.
Recommended Seek and Find Books for Kids
Get more ideas by reading search and find books like these.
I Spy Numbers by Jean Marzollo
ages 3 – 5
Help your toddler and preschooler identify numbers with this exciting search and find book all about counting and numbers. We highly recommend it.
Treasure Hunt for Kids by Roger Priddy
ages 2 – 5
Develop counting and sorting skills while searching for the hundreds of hidden thing in the busy, colorful scenes packed with multiple images and objects to seek and find.
Highlights Hidden Pictures Sticker Book
ages 4 – 8
Younger learners use stickers to find the hidden objects. It’s so fun! My kids always preferred the sticker hidden picture books to the color books.
LEGO Star Wars: These Aren’t the Droids You’re Looking For by Ameet Studio
ages 4 – 8
If your kids like LEGO and Star Wars, they’ll love this fun activity book!
Search and Spot Animals! by Laura Ljungkvist
ages 4 – 8
I’m SO in love with this nonfiction picture book! Instead of an overwhelming mashup of illustrations, Ljungkvist’s illustrations are simple, clean, and not too crowded. For example, on a bright yellow background, look at the purple and blue chickens to find a dozen eggs. Or, on a blue background, search and spot 10 dragonflies sitting on blue lily pads next to green frogs. Lovely.
Elephants on Tour: A Search & Find Journey Around the World by Guillaume Cornet
ages 8 – 12
I really like the integration of geography and world cultures in this fun search and find book! And maybe, it makes me a little nostalgic for Barbar. 🙂 Because elephants. Five elephants are traveling the world — find them on each page. The illustrations are minuscule and enchanting! Each location’s two-page spread shows where the elephants are visiting next from the Amazon to Madagascar and Amsterdam. You’ll also see a “Fact File” with the country, currency, language, and population. Another fact overlay shares how to say hello, places to visit, things to do, what to buy, and what to eat. Cool, right?!
Around the World in 80 Puzzles by Aleksandra Artymowska
ages 7 – 10
This is a GREAT gift book for the entire family to enjoy. Visual discrimination never looked so beautiful! My kids and husband were hooked on it as soon as this book arrived in the mail. So together or individually, you’ll have so much fun with this book that celebrates the world! I love how the puzzles give kids practice with visual discrimination skills and following directions. And in this unique book, there is a lot of white space while still requiring detail orientation. See the pieces of the Eiffel Tower and answer — “Which of these pieces isn’t part of the Eiffel Tower?” and “Can you arrange the other pieces in the correct order?”
Pierre the Maze Detective Coloring Book
We did this as a family activity after dinner for several weeks — it was a blast! We liked how it combined coloring with a search and find.
Mamoko by Aleksandra Mizielinska
Have you seen this beautiful book set in the town of Mamoko? Help solve the mysteries and follow the adventures leading up to the big carnival.
I Spy School Days by Jean Marzollo
ages 4 – 8
We adore this book series. Read the rhyming poem then look at the accompanying full-color photo filled with objects to find the items listed.
Shopkins Seek and Find
ages 4 – 8
Do your kids love these adorable grocery store characters? Use stickers as you search and find these cute characters.
Colossal Creature Count: Add Up All of the Animals to Solve Each Scene by Daniel Limon
More than just a search and find book, kids must also use math skills — both adding and algebra. Algebra because you get the total of animals so if your numbers don’t add up, you’ll have to figure out how many are missing. Isn’t this so cool? I’m impressed with the way Colossal Creatures makes learning so fun.
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