I received the Highlights Find It series from Timberdoodle in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
My kids are 2, 3, and 5 now, so this year, I’ll be adding some totschool preschool activities into our routine. I’ll write more about what I’m using for that soon, but first, I wanted to share this fun series of board books with you.
There are four books in the Highlights “find it” series: Things that Go, Animals, Bedtime, and Farm. Each of the books has three items on the left page to find and an image on the right where toddlers can search for the images. This makes the books a good resource for math concepts, pre-reading, vocabulary-building, and fun.
Vivid Images Hold Interest
The books have bright images, which engage children. I tested this resource with both my 2 and 3 year old children. They both really loved the books. My 2 year old enjoyed looking at the photos, finding the animals, and matching toys to the animals in the photos.
My three year old wanted to make sure that he was saying the words correctly when we ere looking at the books. His favorite was the Things That Go volume. He’s a big fan of backhoes and excavators and fire trucks, so it wasn’t much of a surprise that he really enjoyed this book.
I was actually surprised by how much my 3 1/2 year old got out of the books. I was thinking of them as solely being resources for my toddler, but it turned out that he really got a lot out of them as well, and that they kept his interest.
Using Find-It Books in Lessons
In addition to reading the books and finding the items, there are some activities you can do with your young student to maximize the value of these resources. Here are some ideas:
- Match toy animals or vehicles to images
- Talk about the animal sounds
- Challenge your student to find a word that rhymes with the item
- Ask your student to search for other items (i.e. where is the owl?)
- Ask student to describe an item to you without naming it for you to find it.
What other activities can you think of to use these books for?
Secular note: Timberdoodle’s curriculum packs are primarily religious-based, but they offer a variety of secular resources – and many critical thinking toys and curriculum options.