Eye spy games are a natural fit for young children and there are so many varieties to keep it fresh and exciting. These games foster a child’s curiosity, visual discrimination and language skills. Some promote fine motor manipulation, print motivation and sensory exploration.
The beauty of creating eye spy bottles is that you can choose smaller items that you wouldn’t normally give very young children to play with.
Recycle your plastic bottles or containers and fill them with all kinds of fun things. Pictured above (from left to right): oil and water with small plastic beads and food colouring – hair gel and googly eyes – oil and water with food colouring – tiny pasta (or beads with miscellaneous items hidden inside). Seal the lid with a glue gun (and consider taping it closed with electrical or duct tape for extra security).
These rugged little eye spy boxes were made from old cassette cases and are an ideal size for small hands to manipulate. Simply fill with small items (themed or by colour) and seal with packing tape! Consider making alphabet themed boxes for your preschool and kindergarten aged children.
You can even make an eye spy game by hiding related items inside your sensory bin. The possibilities are endless.
A very special thank you to CCPRN Board Member Laurie Boucaud for this picture of her bug themed sensory bin.
Consider taking pictures of assorted items or of your sensory bin to create custom eye spy pictures to use at a later date. Simply print and laminate for a fun game that can be used again and again. This tool can be enhanced for older children by including a checklist of items to find.
Eye spy books are a great option for incorporating literacy into fun! This is an ideal activity for quiet time as well.
Eye spy bags require some sewing skills, but if you have a sewing machine equipped with a walking foot, all you need is a small piece of clear plastic vinyl, fabric, and items to hide inside. These themed bags were filled out with flower arranging beads from the dollar store.
Your children can have so much fun with these homemade toys they won’t even know they’re learning!