Just today I ran across a couple of different cases of Nickelodeon characters wearing glasses or going to the eye doctor. Maybe Nickoledeon is a big
First, Ann W sent me a link to the book The Eye of the Fry Cook: A Story About Getting Glasses (Spongebob Squarepants). It’s a Spongebob Squarepants story about needing and getting glasses. Apparently, the reading level is for 9-12 year olds, but I know we’ve got some smart kids, and if your child loves Spongebob, it may be worth checking out.
I also happened to stumble across Nick Jr’s page on visiting the Eye Doctor. It has:
- the Backyardigans stickers about glasses.
- printable put the glasses on the character game – like pin the tail on the donkey, but with less pinning, thankfully, who wants their child to think you have to pin their glasses on? (featuring Pablo, YeYe, Walden, and Uniqua – I have to admit, I don’t know who any of these characters are, Zoe could probably tell me, though).
- a set of printable pretend eye charts (with Dora, Yo Gabba Gabba, and Ni Hao, Kai-lan characters).
- a set of Blues Clues eye exam flash cards.
I love the stickers, and the put the glasses on game could be fun, especially if you threw a party to celebrate your child getting glasses. The printable eye charts kind of bother me, because they really aren’t any kind of real eye chart (and they don’t claim to be), but it could be a nice way to introduce the concept of eye charts to your child if they’ve never done that before. The eye exam flash cards go over some of the different things that happen at an eye exam. I’m not sure how much Zoe would enjoy something like that, but again, it may be a nice way to explain what will happen to a child facing their first eye exam.
In any case, it’s nice to see Nickelodeon creating fun games and activities around glasses and eye exams. I wish that some of the characters stayed in glasses, though. As far as I can tell, the characters that are wearing glasses in these print outs don’t wear them on a regular basis. Ah well. I’ll take what I can get.