Earlier I shared with you the I Spy Bags that I made for my kiddos “road trip” entertainment, but I wanted to share a little more about how we’ve used ours, as well as an alternative idea if you’re not big on sewing.
First of all, our bags were inspired by the Make It and Love It Tutorial, so be sure to check that out for more tips on how to make them (and to see the adorable fish and crab shapes that Ashley made)! The only thing I changed was to make a double row of stitching all the way around…mainly because I don’t trust my seamstress skills and didn’t want them to be a hazard for my baby boy!
I also wanted to show you some of the things we put inside our bags:
Along with each I Spy Bag, I included a laminated card that has a photo like the one above on one side, and then a suggested list of things to find on the other.
- Can you find something the color…Blue? Pink? Orange? Red? Green? Yellow? White?
- Can you spell out your first name?
- Can you find something sports-related?
- Can you find something fit for a princess?
- Can you find something you see in Winter? Summer?
- Can you find a bug? A pet?
- Can you make a face (eyes and nose)?
- Can you find an object that begins with B? C? D? E? F? H? P? S?
- Tell a story using the objects that you spy.
- Describe the object that you see and have someone guess what it is.
- Have someone else find an object and then hide it again. Search for it while asking them 20 questions (yes and no answers only) to see if you can find it!
- How many words can you spell using the letters that you spy?
- Find the pair of dice. Add together the numbers of dots. How many?
- Can you use both dice to make the number 2? 3? 4? 5? 6? 7? 8? 9? 10? 11? 12?
- Can you find and name a coin? Can you tell how much it’s worth?
I’m thinking these would make great quiet activities for church too! I’m invisioning making one with for the Easter season that contains items much like those found in Resurrection Eggs. And maybe even one for the Christmas season that can be used to tell the Christmas story with a baby, stable, animals, star, gifts, the letters to spell Jesus, etc.
And finally, if you aren’t interested in sewing, don’t let that stop you from creating some “I Spy” fun for your own kiddos!
I Can Teach My Child shows how to make one from a bottle full of sand.
And Teach Preschool makes various learning tools out of a bottle full of rice!