Ever play the “spot the difference” games in the Sunday paper? In this activity, your child gets to peek behind the curtain of puzzle making – she can create her very own “Spot the Differences” game!
What You Need:
- White unlined paper
- Pencil with eraser
- Colored pencils
- Access to a copy machine
What You Do:
- Describe a “Spot the Differences” game to your child in case she has never seen them in newspapers or puzzle books. A Spot the Difference game is a game where you look at two similar drawings and try to find a certain number of differences between the two drawings. You can find some great examples in our worksheets section here, here and here.
- Now it’s time for her to try her hand at it! Give her the white paper and pencil for her to draw an everyday scene. For example, she could draw a picture of someone playing in the yard with a pet, a classroom scene, or someone playing a sport. The busier, the better!
- When she has finished her sketch, make a copy of it on a copy machine or scan it and print two copies.
- Next, have her color in the two scenes. Colored pencils work best because they make thin lines – good for adding tiny, tricky details! In five or six different areas of the picture, have her alter the color she uses on the two scenes, or change something else subtle about the two scenes. For example, she could change the shape of the buttons on a character’s shirt in one copy, or add an extra flower to a plant in an outdoor scene. A pencil eraser could also come in handy if she wants to make the two pictures differ by erasing something from the original version. Make sure she knows how many changes she made so the person who tries it will know when they’ve finished!
- When she is finished, she can have a friend try to “Spot the Differences” and circle all the differences that can be found. She just might stump him!
Beth Levin has an M.A. in Curriculum and Education from Columbia University Teachers College. She has written educational activities for Macmillan/McGraw-Hill and Renaissance Learning publishers. She has a substitute teaching credential for grades K-12 in Oregon, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.