After what seemed an eternity in the waiting room, Archer could no longer patiently site, he was literally bouncing off the walls, turning the lights on and off, (which garnered nasty glares from the receptionist), etc, and nothing could calm him down. Nothing, that is, until he found a book in the waiting area...Where's Waldo.
For the rest of our time there, he sat glued in his seat, looking for Waldo in a sea of red and white. What a life saver!!
A few days ago, I sat trying to think of a new way to encourage my younger son to talk more, while teaching him new words, colors, shapes, etc. Then I remembered the success we had with Waldo; hence, Baby I Spy!
Large piece of cardboard
Glue or ModPodge
White Paper (optional)
If you'd like, glue white paper on top of the cardboard to give a clean background. Or, if you'd like, keep the cardboard bare, you'll be covering most of it with pictures anyways!
Flip through old magazines and cut out pictures of different sizes. You'll use the big ones to fill up the space and little ones to fill in the gaps. Focus on what you want to teach your child.
Are you interested in teaching color? Pick pictures that are simple and boast primary colors, (vs all the different hues in between).
What to teach your child about animals? Look for magazines that have a wide array of animal pictures.
What to emphasize healthy foods? Cut up those old Cooking Light magazines you have buried in the garage.
|Alexander looking for a the shoe.|
|Alexander finding the shoe!|