Hidden Pictures? Puzzles

Ages: 4 and upDeveloper: Colto


I would venture to say that most of us parents remember the classic Highlights Magazine. Particularly, I remember finding the Hidden Pictures puzzles nearly as soon as I could grab the magazine from the mail. Of course, in today’s more digital world, it seems inevitable that a mobile version of this popular puzzle series would appear. The Hidden Pictures app currently features over forty-five puzzles with new ones added every week.

Each themed puzzle features an attractive still image and a key of objects to find; as children find the objects, they are highlighted and removed from the key. These puzzles are terrific for honing attention to detail, concentration, patience, and persistence as well as figure/ground perception and object constancy. Additionally, because each image appears in the key with its written word, the app can be used for vocabulary development and reading skills.

Parents can download a free version for 30 days; after that, there is a $3.99 monthly subscription fee that allows up to six family members use the app.

Sharon Heuscher ©2018 Parents’ Choice

Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.