Zoo Picture Puzzle Book
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Some books are insubstantial enough that after one read-through you’ve mined their entire depth. Other books, such as the Usborne Zoo Picture Puzzle Book, necessitate repeated use to fully capitalize on the scope of thinking and identification skills.
With each read of the Zoo Picture Puzzle Book, your child will discover new patterns, hidden objects, or items that continue to interest him. Overflowing with charming, vibrantly-illustrated animal menageries, your child will be looking for similarities to spot or differences to detect while developing his visual discrimination, a mental and visual activity that is essential for reading readiness.
When Zoo Picture Puzzle Book’s challenges become stale, add your own, such as “find three…” or “find a purple…,” and encourage your child to challenge you, which will build his vocabulary skills as well!
Zoo Picture Puzzle Book is an oversized super-thick paper book for 2- to 5-year-olds.
Publisher: Usborne Books
Author/Editor: Kirsteen Robson
Illustrator: Gareth Lucas
I wish that there were more things to find on each page. Also, I am not sure that this book belongs in the preschool curriculum kit. It seems more appropriate for the 4+ crowd.
My kids (ages 5 & 2) love this book! The pictures in this book are so bright and eye-catching and there is a lot of fun happening on each page! We like to find all of the silly things that are "just not right" (like the monkey talking on a cell phone) and have a good laugh together... the monkey is always changing who he is talking to by the way. 😄 It is just such a fun book to enjoy together and can help teach colors (lots of colors!), animal identification, animal habitats, creative story telling (why is the guine pig wearing a wig?), etc., all in addition to the actual search and find "missions."
We have a handful of these puzzle books and use them with age 3. They are a good follow up to the First Things to Spot books. It continues building a child's attention to detail and following oral instructions but there is a lot more on the page to have to process/look around. I just wish there were more actual things listed to spot per page so I often make up my own list of things to find or count. I don't like that this adds more effort on my part, but its worth it. Honestly, by age 4.5 the kids I work with seem to outgrow this book and prefer hidden picture books instead.
The illustrations are so cute and quirky. My 3 year old twins just aren't to the point where they are understanding all of the tasks asked of them in these books. I feel like they will love them as they get a bit older.
My 2-year-old and 6-year-old both loved all the picture puzzle books!