If you have ever opened up a Where’s Waldo book and seen the intricate and dizzying illustrations, you may have wondered if there are any good reasons to find Waldo. Believe it or not, there are a lot of reasons to find Waldo. The Where’s Waldo books were created by the British illustrator, Martin Handford, and they are enjoyed by children all over the world, myself included. When I was little, I loved pulling out my Where’s Waldo books and trying to find Waldo. Finding Waldo isn’t easy, but I had a lot of fun trying. Because these books are fun, and for many other reasons, I think everyone should try to find Waldo.
One of the main reasons to find Waldo is because it is entertaining. The illustrations are cute and quirky. I love Waldo’s funny appearance with his striped hat and goofy face. In addition to being entertaining because the illustrations or so fun to look at, the Where’s Waldo books are also a great way to make the time pass quickly. I was never bored when I was trying to find Waldo!
2. Great for Problem Skills
Although not often thought of as an educational tool, there are several educational reasons to find Waldo, including developing problem solving skills. As I said before, finding Waldo is not easy. The illustrations are tiny and he is well hidden. You have to develop a way to find him, which everyone does. My dad’s solution to the problem was to use a magnifying glass!
3. Enhance Memory
Another educational benefit of finding Waldo is that it builds memory skills. When I was little I would frequently pull out my Where’s Waldo books, and over time I began to memorize where Waldo was on each page! I was quite little so it took some time, but I can honestly say that finding Waldo helped me develop memorization skills. It may even be one of the reasons I have a photographic memory!
4. Teaches Avoiding Distractions
It is easy to get caught up with distractions in daily life, especially the distractions that are on the computer. One way to develop skills to avoid distractions is to find Waldo. Martin Handford placed a lot of distractions in his illustrations. There are many red and white striped objects and people that draw your attention; however, they are just distractions. To find Waldo you have to get past the distractions.
In order to find Waldo, it is necessary to be detailed-oriented. The illustrations are very small and very detailed, which makes paying attention to details important.
6. Cultivates Patience
Finding Waldo is not an activity that can be done quickly, which means you need patience. Having kids play with the Where’s Waldo books is a great way to cultivate patience. In order to find Waldo, you have to be willing to sit down for a little while and patiently look for him in the wonderfully distracting illustrations.
7. Family Activity
The Where’s Waldo books are big, which makes finding Waldo a great family activity. Also, it doesn’t matter how old you are, it is always exciting to find Waldo. You can sit with your family and look for Waldo for an enjoyably long time. If you want, you can even make a competition out of who can find him first. I still have fond memories of searching for Waldo with my dad, and I am 28!
The Where’s Waldo books are great for everyone, no matter how old you are. They are very entertaining and they teach valuable skills. I still enjoy finding Waldo on occasion, especially when I am feeling a bit bored! When was the last time you tried to find Waldo?