I loved searching through books for Waldo as a kid. With the enormous double-spread illustrated “Where’s Waldo” books, I spent hours searching for the classic red and white striped t-shirt, glasses, and hat. It has been fun to see my own kids embrace Wheres Waldo books and all of Waldo’s adventures – both Where’s Waldo online & the traditional Wheres Waldo books for kids we all remember.
In addition to the Where’s Waldo books, Candlewick Press recently released new free Where’s Waldo online activities that will delight kids of all ages.
Where’s Waldo? for Kids
Check out the Where’s Waldo online resources which takes the Wheres Waldo books to a new level! There are Where’s Waldo videos, Where’s Waldo activities & a connection to Where’s Waldo on social media across the internet.
Free Wheres Waldo Printable Activities for Kids
We all have our favorite Wheres Waldo book, but we love the Where’s Waldo Free Printables you can grab! Here are a few of our favorites that you can download from the Candlewick site…
Create Your Own Wheres Waldo Scene Printable Activity
You are now the Where’s Waldo artist in charge of creating a Where’s Waldo picture. What are you going to draw around Waldo to hide him from those seeking him?
It’s time to get fiendish! Every Waldo scene needs a good setting – at the seaside, in the park, or even on the moon! Start by drawing the surroundings, and then draw lots of people. Make sure Waldo is colored in and well hidden among the crowd. Then get your friends to see if they can find him!
Printable Where’s Waldo Matching Game
Yep, Waldo is counting on you to sort out these fish!
Waldo and his friends are enjoying a day at sea, but something is fishy! Match up the sets of three identically colored fish. One fish is not part of a set, so have a splish-splashing time finding out which one!
Printable Where’s Waldo Art Activity
This printable Where’s Waldo art activity is so fun! You can design the Where’s Waldo gang some clothing to either stand out…or blend in!
Give some Waldo-watchers striped tops or any other design you like!
Printable Where’s Waldo Word Search for Kids
Now you can find Waldo a different way! Not by his red and white hat or striped shirt, but in a Wheres Waldo word search for kids.
Waldo watchers, can you find the following words in this scramble of letters? They go forward, backward, horizontally, vertically and diagonally: Waldo, Great, Picture, Hunt, Odlaw, Whitebeard, Wenda, Woof
Free Wheres Waldo Coloring Page
Y’all know how much we love free coloring pages here at Kids Activities Blog! Well, no coloring experience would be complete without Where’s Waldo coloring page.
Color in Waldo!
Printable Wheres Waldo Wise Cracks Worksheet
Need a giggle? Print these funny Wheres Waldo wise cracks and start the funny…
Wizard Whitebeard has cast a happy spell! This scroll is inscribed with lots of jokes. Which one makes you laugh the most? More things to do…make up your own joke in the space on the scroll and test it on your friends. Try out five different laughs!
Waldo & Friends Printable Character Pages
10 pages of Where’s Waldo characters you can print for play! Use them to make stick puppets or paper dolls. Or to make a real life search, Where’s Waldo!
Make a Where’s Waldo Scavenger Hunt
Kids love a good scavenger hunt. Check out all the scavenger hunt ideas for kids and then create your own scavenger hunt using the 10 page printable pack of Where’s Waldo characters mentioned above.
Here is an easy way to host a quick set-up scavenger hunt featuring the Where’s Waldo cast:
- Print off the 10 page Wheres Waldo character pack
- If your kids are old enough to cut out the characters with scissors, do that first.
- Hide the characters and objects around your house when they are not looking.
- Go seek the characters!
- Whoever comes back with the most Where’s Waldo characters and objects, wins the game.
- If a child is playing by herself, then time the hunt and see if she can beat her previous record.
This can get kids moving even on a snow or rainy day!
More Waldo Games to Play at Home
Your family can also participate in hiding challenges through the #WaldoatHome hashtag.
Update: Candlewick is no longer posting weekly prompts on their social media sites to encourage kids to be clever in where they hide their Waldo printouts. But you can still see some of the play prompts they posted for kids like, “Take a picture of Waldo joining in your favorite way to get up and moving.”
Share what your kids come up with by posting a photo on social media and using the tag #WaldoatHome.
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Free Waldo-Inspired Activities
We had a little fun seeing how parents who downloaded the free Where’s Waldo printables used them at home. Check out some of this fun social post that feature the red and white striped Waldo.
Favorite Where’s Waldo Books for Kids
There is always fun and games to be had with Waldo activity books.
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Our personal favorite Where’s Waldo book right now is the “Boredom Buster” book. In addition to seek-and-find spreads, the book is jam-packed with word searches, mazes, matching games, quizzes, and more. As a bonus, the book pages also have a five-minute challenge.
More Where’s Waldo book fun for kids:
- Where’s Waldo? The Fantastic Journey
- Where’s Waldo Now?
- Wheres Waldo? The Incredible Paper Chase
- Keep kids busy for days with the 8 book collection called Where’s Wally?
- Or the 6 book collection called Where’s Waldo? The WOW Collection!
In other words, these Where’s Waldo books will most definitely keep your kids busy! It is so fun to “travel” from home and have fun with our favorite wanderer, Waldo.
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What was your favorite Where’s Waldo book or game?