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How to Make a Look and Find Book for Kids

Updated on July 17, 2012
Look and Find Books can be made from household objects!
Look and Find Books can be made from household objects!

My son loves hidden picture activities! He will find everything in a Look and Find book over and over, even after he has all the pictures memorized. Not long ago, I decided to make one for him by taking pictures of items in our house. It was easy and he had a great time with it!

I started by going around our house and looking for items that he likes, but that also would look very "busy" in a photo. You will want to choose items that look complicated in a photo, yet are familiar and fun to the child. This adds a personal touch, and helps the child look differently at his or her surroundings.

Finding Inspiration

My first inspiration was our big tub of Duplo blocks, which I knew would look busy and colorful in a photo. First, I took a picture of the blocks in the tub. I aimed my camera directly into the tub as I found it without moving any of the blocks around. Here is what the photo looked like:

A collection of blocks makes a great "busy" picture!
A collection of blocks makes a great "busy" picture!
Find this block in the picture above!
Find this block in the picture above!
This wheel is part of a block. Can you find it?
This wheel is part of a block. Can you find it?
Make sure items are turned the same direction as they are in the original photo.
Make sure items are turned the same direction as they are in the original photo.

Taking the Pictures

Next, I removed some of the blocks that were visible in my picture (reference the original picture to decide what is visible) and took pictures of them individually in a different location. In this example, I tried to position the blocks at the same angles that they were in my original picture. That wasn't always easy! You'll want to select at least five items from the picture that will be the items to find.

Make the original picture nice and big on the page, so the details are easy to see.
Make the original picture nice and big on the page, so the details are easy to see.
Copy and paste the smaller pictures into a document and print.
Copy and paste the smaller pictures into a document and print.

Creating the Book Pages

To make the pages of the book, I opened a word processing document and copied and pasted the pictures onto two pages of the document. The first page had only the original picture of the blocks, which I resized so that it took up nearly the entire page.

The second page had the pictures of the individual items that I wanted my son to find. I sized them smaller so they would all fit on the page with a little space in between.

Assembling the Book

Once I had printed the pages with the pictures, I punched holes in the papers and placed them into a binder. Be careful when deciding where to put the holes - you want the pages to face each other so that the reader can see the large picture and the items to find at the same time.

A pile of foam letters makes a great look and find activity.
A pile of foam letters makes a great look and find activity.

More Ideas

For my first attempt at creating a Look and Find book, I used a tub of toy food, a DVD case (he had to find logos and parts of the animals in the cover picture), and a pile of foam letters. You could also include books or illustrations from books, kitchen utensils, or Christmas ornaments. Anything that could easily have items hidden in plain sight would work.

I like to make the book a project that lasts over several days. So, the first day my son received the binder with one activity in it. For the next several days, he found a new activity in the book each morning when he woke up. He still pulls the book out and shows it to others, and talks about how great it is to have a Look and Find book of his very own things!

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