When I was a young girl I sort of looked forward to going to the pediatrician’s office. It’s not that I wanted to see the doctor (no way), but the lollipop and sticker I received afterwards was something to look forward to. Another thing I looked forward to was the Highlights magazines in the waiting room. I always wanted a subscription, but never received one. Therefore, the only way I could read the magazine was in the pediatrician’s waiting room.
What I looked forward to in the magazine was their hidden pictures puzzles. If you are not familiar with them, they are black and white drawings that have images hidden inside. You had to find all the images.
I’ve included an image at the top of the post to give you an idea of what I’m talking about. The image was taken directly from the Highlight’s website.
I like hidden picture puzzles because it’s a fun and easy way to challenge your mind. I could have easily spent hours doing them.
I work with children now, and I have some hidden picture puzzles from Highlights that I share with my “work kids.” They love them and can’t get enough of them.
I think children love the challenge of looking for “hidden” objects. That is why I think kids would really enjoy a new product from Crazy Aaron’s called Hide Inside.
Here is some additional information about the product;
If you look close enough you’ll always find what you are looking for. With the Hide Inside! Collection you will be on the hunt for six unique pieces that each of these three clear based putties have to offer. So whether you are looking for spontaneous expressions amongst the smiling faces, shadowy creatures within the woods or the bothersome bugs throughout the greenery, you will sure to be captivated with the challenge of discovering them all! MSRP $9.99.
I received two tins of Hide Inside from Crazy Aaron’s to check out for myself. I received the Jumbled Jungle and the Flower Finds putty.
Inside each tin you’ll find a clear putty-like substance filled with little shapes (in this case flowers or leaves).
Initially it was hard to get the putty out, but once we did, and we worked it out (pulling, stretching…) it softened up and it was easier to work with. Since then, when we open the tin, it’s easier to get out. Often it comes out in one whole piece, and sometimes it comes out in pieces. Either way is fine.
As you can see from the close up photo (below), finding the hidden pieces is not as easy as you think. I honestly thought it would be too easy to find them all, but honestly, it’s not always that easy. If you like the putty down flat and stretch it out, it’s easier to locate the hidden pieces. When it’s balled up like this, it’s much harder. Eventually children will figure it out, but none the less, it’s still fun to play with because most likely the hidden pieces will move around as the child plays with it, and therefore the pieces will constantly move around and never be in the same place each time.
On the back of the package is the hidden pieces you need to find. For example, in the Jumbled Jungle Hide Inside you need to find a Panda, Bear, Pig, Tiger and other creatures.
I didn’t receive the Mixed Emotions putty, but I think that one is probably the hardest of them all because you have to find faces (and they are all faces), but with unique emotions. The Flower Finds is the next hardest because the hidden pieces are similar in shape to the flowers. I think the Jungle Jumble is the easiest of the three.
This is a great toy to take with you when you travel, as well as to tuck into a purse or backpack. I wish I had things like this when my kids were younger to keep them occupied in the car on long trips, or in a restaurant while waiting for our food to arrive (not all places have crayons and coloring pages).
With the holidays fast approaching, this would make a great stocking stuffer or “secret Santa” gift.
If you would like to learn more about these and other Crazy Aaron’s products, visit CrazyAarons.com. The brand can also be found on social media. All of those links are found on the bottom of the brand’s website.
What do you think about Hide Inside? Does it look like something your child would enjoy?
*I received free products samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.