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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.