DIY I Spy Game

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DIY "I Spy" game for kids.

DIY “I Spy” game for kids.

DIY I Spy Game – Kids love those fun “I Spy” bestseller books by Walter Wick and Jean Marzollo. I remember when Noelle was a little younger, we used to make weekly visits to the library.  After story time we’d check out all the great kids books but she was always drawn to the colourful and intriguing images on the pages of the “I Spy” books. We could literally spend an hour going through these books and when children are young, anything that captures their attention for that long is a miraculous thing.

I was thinking about how clever and yet how simple they are and thought it would be a fun little project for Noelle and I to create our own “I Spy” page. We set off on a mission to find all sorts of fun little household objects for our collage. Making the page is half the fun.  It’s a fun way to keep your child entertained and would be great with more than one child – they could each make their own pages or work together to create a collage. If you get a chance, photograph each page and then you can print these out later for camping, car rides or a rainy day activity.

The photo below is the “I Spy” collage that Noelle and I made.  You can download a printable version here that has a list of all the items and then blank spaces for children to find the quantity of each item.


  1. Talk with your kid(s) about what are appropriate objects for the collage (adults should be responsible for any sharp objects like pins) and then go find the items that will help to make up your DIY I Spy page. Remember the smaller the objects, the more you’ll be able to fit onto your page.
  2. Once all the items have been collected, sit down and try to lay them out randomly on a the page in a square or rectangle shape. At this point I would try to take a photo of the collage before it gets messed up by sweet little investigative hands.
  3. Now the kids can start searching through the collage to find all hidden objects – writing down everything as they go along (ex. 4 buttons, 2 dinosaurs, 5 purple flowers, 1 deck of cards, etc). If writing is too difficult for kids, then they can do it verbally or have an adult write and work through the list together with the kids.
I Spy activity page for kids

I Spy activity page for kids


9 Comments on DIY I Spy Game

  1. Kay
    July 13, 2013 at 10:48 PM (8 years ago)

    Hi Jamey, Great idea,”do it yourself” I spy game. I’m thinking of using it at one of my kids birthday party. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Lisa Moorefield
    July 16, 2013 at 7:39 AM (8 years ago)

    This is brilliant!

  3. Anneliese
    December 21, 2013 at 6:49 AM (8 years ago)

    Your printables are fantastic! I came across the robot faces one through Pinterest and I’m so glad I did! My kids love it. I’m also a psychotherapist and think this could be a wonderful tool in my paediatric practice. Thank you for sharing you talents as this is an area in which I am sorely lacking.

  4. Paul
    April 27, 2014 at 11:36 AM (8 years ago)

    Marvelous photo! What type of lighting and camera did you use to get such a nice photo with the soft and subtle shadows?

    • Jamey
      April 27, 2014 at 2:29 PM (8 years ago)

      Thanks for your question Paul. To date, almost all the photos on my website were taken with my Canon 60D with my trusty 50mm f1.4 lens (which is the best lens by the way). Just this past week I decided to sell my entire Canon kit and went in a totally new direction with the Olympus OMD E-M1 mirrorless micro 4/3 camera. It was a tough decision but I found I didn’t use my camera other than for my blog and I wanted a smaller camera that I could easily take with me everywhere but still have amazing quality. I’ve only had a camera for a few days but I’m really happy with the test shots I’ve got so far.

  5. Krystal
    August 26, 2014 at 8:54 PM (7 years ago)

    This would be great for older trips on car trips. Laminate and it could be used over and over again. Thanks

  6. Mariana
    January 18, 2015 at 5:46 PM (7 years ago)

    Great Idea!! Thanks you, now I know that to do with my children!

  7. Linda
    April 17, 2015 at 10:06 PM (7 years ago)

    Love this idea! I think I will work with my granddaughter this summer to create I Spy books for her younger cousins. Since I’m studying to be a teacher, I’d like to use this idea for fun learning games too! Thanks for the idea!

  8. Anne C
    January 19, 2018 at 3:39 AM (4 years ago)

    Love this idea and have it saved for my great granddaughter but I believe that there is a mistake in the spelling of sheriff badge as ‘sherrif’. Thanks for the fun!


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