You probably don’t think about science when you’re poring over a Where’s Waldo? book, but in the upcoming book Eureka: Discovering Your Inner Scientist, Chad Orzel spends a whole chapter connecting seek-and-find books like Where’s Waldo? to science. He talks about patterns and whatnot, but for kids, it’s about looking closely and observing details, which is just the beginning of thinking like a scientist. Even if it doesn’t seem like it.
I was thinking about that as my daughter and I pored over a different seek-and-find book recently. I chose Mr. Tweed’s Good Deeds for the good deeds part of the story, but in the end it was the opportunity for looking closely that was the real strength of the book. The spreads are full of details, and they were just challenging enough for my six-year-old to keep her attention without being too easy. Once she got to the higher numbers, we found it was hard to remember which of the objects we’d already found, so we laid the book flat to use coins to mark our finds. We recommend it for those looking to spend some time with something quirky, practice their observation skills, and get closer to their inner scientist. ;)
Disclosure: I received a review copy of Mr. Tweed’s Good Deeds from the publisher.