January 29th is National Puzzle Day! Highlights Magazine is celebrating too and wants to invite you to celebrate by spending time with your little ones reading or working puzzle books together.
Do you remember sifting through Highlights magazine as a child in your doctor’s waiting room? Your kids may even be current Highlights subscribers! If so, you’ve likely tried at least once to beat their Hidden Pictures Puzzle.
The magazine and its iconic puzzle, rival only to Where’s Waldo, is turning 72 this year, and has some interesting facts about it:
- Over 114,943 objects have been hidden in the puzzle with some of the strangest including a fairy princess, vacuum cleaner and shuttlecock.
- Over 100 variations of bananas have been hidden over the years.
- The first Hidden Pictures Puzzle, published in 1946, depicted a drawing of three boys fishing.
- One of the hidden objects in the puzzle was a disembodied arm and hand… Highlights no longer allows for hidden body parts in their puzzles…for obvious reasons.
- Six hundred and fifteen artists have created the nearly 10,000 Hidden Pictures puzzles published over 72 years. Puzzles can take months to complete.
- Highlights didn’t invent the concept of hiding objects in pictures. Some say Leonardo da Vinci was actually the first, but Highlights made it an iconic part of childhood.
What’s more fun than a Hidden Pictures® puzzle? A whole book full of them! And more fun than that? The Highlights Coloring Book for Grown-Up Children!
This Hidden Pictures coloring book is fun for the whole family – especially grown-ups! – with intricate and whimsical black-and-white Hidden Pictures coloring pages to fill in. And when you spot one of the hidden objects, cross it off the list to double your fun.
Carefully selected to appeal to both puzzling and coloring fans, the 90 scenes and 1,200+ objects might just make our coloring book for grown-ups your favorite stress-relief activity. Perfect for gift giving, or just to feel like a kid again. Answers included.
This winter-themed collection is packed with a wide range of kids’ favorite puzzles, including mazes, number puzzles, wordplay, brainteasers and our ever popular Hidden Pictures® puzzles.
More than 100 puzzles and activities help kids with following directions and developing concentration, attention to detail and reasoning skills.
Each seek-and-find book has more than 350 hidden objects in all, for tons of discoveries.
Every Highlights Hidden Pictures book in this set has single- and double-page, black-and-white scenes full of hidden hockey sticks, baseball caps, bells, flags and more. We bet you won’t be able to resist helping your kids work through all the hidden-object games.
As always, there’s more to Hidden Pictures scenes than just fun. Each picture puzzle is also great for building skills that help with school, like increased visual perception, vocabulary and descriptive skills, concentration and attention to detail.
More than 50 stickers are included, for even more fun! Book is full of Hidden Pictures® scenes, mazes, brain teasers and other cool activities. Kids will also find poems and riddles for reading, prompts for drawing creations and more. They’re loads for fun for animal lovers of all ages.
The Playtime Hidden Pictures® books do double duty: they’re both puzzle books and sticker books! Each has a mix of full-color and black-and-white Hidden Pictures scenes, plus 280 colorful stickers that add to the fun. So, not only do these books offer the world-famous Highlights puzzles that help boost vocabulary, concentration and attention to detail, they also help kids’ hand-eye coordination —all while they’re having fun.
The Playtime sticker book includes puzzles of kids, families and critters enjoying themselves in all kinds of activities.
Kids will love that they can draw all over these books and wipe away their work like magic, to begin the fun again. Parents will love that My First Hidden Pictures™ activity book is a write-on wipe-off board book that encourages kids to practice skill-building activities just for fun.
This cool, colorful, dry-erase book contains preschool-friendly Hidden Pictures® puzzles, words to trace, drawing and counting activities, dot-to-dots and more. And because it’s a board book, there’s no desk or table required, so kids can use it anywhere!
Highlights magazine is a gift you can feel good about giving. The experts at Highlights know how to keep kids motivated with fun while they are learning and practicing the essential skills they will need in school.
In every 40-page issue, kids explore new topics, investigate cool subjects and find out about the world. Highlights magazine for kids is filled with stories, games, puzzles, riddles, science experiments, craft projects and interactive entertainment!
A childhood classic you can trust
Highlights provides a commercial-free zone in which to play, learn and just be a kid.
A gift children open again and again
Children look forward to receiving Highlights magazine in the mail. It’s something special just for them. It’s like receiving a gift 12 times a year!
Wow, you’ve never seen a Highlights Hidden Pictures® puzzle book like this before! For the first time ever, our world-famous search-and-find scenes are printed on black paper, so kids can use their own highlighters to illuminate the hidden objects and create glowing neon picture puzzles.
This new kind of Hidden Pictures book includes more than 80 find-it games with over 900 total objects to seek.
2018 Hidden Pictures Calendar
This brand-new drawing pad blends the creativity of doodling with the irresistible fun of Highlights Hidden Pictures® and other puzzles in a jumbo-size activity book. Kids can design their own mazes, recreate their favorite animals with step-by-step drawing and more. Plus, there’s an extra-sturdy cardboard backing that acts like a desk, giving kids a firm surface to work on in the car, at the beach or wherever a real desk might be hard to find.
The childhood experts at Highlights have developed this special baby and toddler magazine to make it easy for parents to read to and bond with their little ones ages 0 to 2!
As always, Highlights is dedicated to Fun with a Purpose™, so every issue of Highlights Hello™:
Sparks creative play and laughter that strengthens parent-child bonding
Supports early language development
Engages babies and young children visually
Offers story-time tips for parents
Helps parents teach their kids about the joys of reading
Each 16-page issue of Hello is filled with age-appropriate content such as:
Themes that help toddlers understand the world around them
Photos and colorful illustrations guaranteed to make your baby smile
Word play, simple activities and games that encourage fun and silliness
Read-aloud stories, poems and songs that fit young attention spans
A just-right “Find It” version of our world-famous Hidden Pictures® puzzles
We ensure baby’s safety with:
Durable, tear-resistant pages
Washable material for easy cleanup
Stitched, not stapled, binding
A sealed envelope so Hello arrives germ-free
Our Find It! “baby’s first puzzle” series turns a favorite feature from Highlights Hello™ magazine into board books for babies and toddlers. This early-learning book set combines bright colors, baby-friendly pictures and developmentally appropriate challenges. Parents will love bonding with their babies and toddlers, and little ones will love pointing to the objects in the vibrant illustrations of each puzzle book.
The On the Farm Find It book showcases colorful scenes of life on a farm and sweet illustrations of lovable animals. An adorable chick appears in each illustration, from the cover to the final page, where it is reunited with its family.
In Things That Go, Owl travels from place to place with his mother, encountering cars, trucks, buses and more. But something else with wheels is waiting, for Owl’s birthday. What could it be?
I can remember getting my Highlights Magazine through school as a child. I couldn’t wait to work all the puzzles in it.
My favorite were the ones where you had to find hidden things. Items would be hidden throughout the picture like rakes, paper clips, a dog or cat, and dozens of other things. Some were quite challenging but to me they were never considered “reading”. Oh man I can remember NOT wanting to spend any time reading but I would spend hours with my highlights puzzles.
Several of my little ones are the same way now. They will spend hours pouring over a puzzle or playing a game but you ask them to spend half an hour reading…oh the sad faces.
Highlights magazine has always understood how kids think. They understand that learning needs to be fun too.
We have been enjoying our new magazines and puzzles, especially since we have several that are just mastering being able to read. Developing a love of reading and learning is something that we can’t do enough to encourage in our children.
Highlight magazines are still a wonderful way to share the love of learning through their subscription services. Sign your little ones up for a monthly package of puzzles and games.
We’ve added Highlights Magazine to our 2018 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide! Check it out here!