Age Level: Preschool, Early Elementary
Description: You know those moments when you find a product designed for young learners but can’t wait to try it out for yourself? This book created just such a moment for me. Each page contains a simple black and white illustration, but when a light is held up behind the page more is revealed. It’s a fun, interactive book that had one of my favorite little three-year-old’s repeatedly looking behind the page and asking “Where is it?” For a closer look, watch the commercial created for the book below.
Skills & Modifications: There aren’t any modifications that I make to this book. It’s great for teaching specific skills because of it’s unique way of motivating learners to attend to the material.
Picture Comprehension – One of the most basic pre-reading skills is picture comprehension. This book offers a unique way of motivating learners to talk about what’s happening in the picture. You can ask what is in the picture before revealing it with the flashlight, then talk about what has changed when the flashlight is used to show more of the picture.
Tacting (labeling) items – I love using this to practice tacting items, thought some of the images may be more challenging for your learner. For example, one image of a head shows gears inside when the light is shown through the page. However, for learners who are motivated by the book, it’s a fun and unique activity to practice tacting. You can also use the flashlight effect to provide opportunities for spontaneous tacting.
Making predictions – This book has also been useful in motivating learners with autism to make predictions about what might happen next. For example, on the page pictured below, we’ll tact (or label) what is shown and try to use the information to guess what might be hiding in the tree.
Pros: I can’t recommend this book enough! It is unlike any other books I’ve used with my students, it’s highly motivating to many learners with autism as well as their typically developing peers. It can be used to encourage joint attention as well as peer interaction if your learner with autism is engaged with the book.
Cons: At times the book and flashlight can begin to be a bit unwieldy. I’ve tried setting it up on a table, but if you’ve come up with a better way to share it please let me know in the comments section!
Ideas for extending the lesson: Have your learners create their own “Hide and eeks.” For example, you could create one that is a gift box. First, the gift box would be cut out of black construction paper. Then, the outline of the box from the black paper would be glued onto white paper. Next, have students cut out a silhouette of what would be in their gift box. This black silhouette is glued to thin yellow construction paper so that it aligns with the gift box when the two pages are stacked. Attach the two pages together and shine a flashlight through the yellow page to see the contents of the gift box appear.
Cost: $22.00 You should invest in this game if: you are seeking highly-motivating books to capture the interest of a learner who is displaying low interest in reading, you are looking for fun ways to elicit language, or you are have preschool learners.
ABLLS: G4, G47
VB-MAPP: Tact 12, Tact 13, Intraverbal 14