I-Spy Bottle

I Spy Bottle
This I-Spy Bottle is a great activity for traveling or to add to a Busy Bag.
I-Spy Bottle

I took the label off of a water bottle and started layering rice and objects until the bottle was a little more than 1/2 full. I used 6 objects (a sticker, game piece, crayon, small pom pom, paper clip, and a key). I put the objects on our copier and attached the picture of them to the front of the bottle with packaging tape. For older children, a list of objects would work instead of pictures and could be tied around the top instead of taped on. The goal of the activity is for your child to move the rice around in the bottle to find the objects shown/listed.

At first, B was really concerned about getting his “toys” out of there instead of finding the objects. After a few more exposures, he really enjoyed it. He liked to “race” his dad and see who could find the objects first.

Other I-Spy Bottle Ideas:
Find Letters – alphabet beads or stickers in rice
Find Numbers – number beads or stickers in rice
Find Colors – all objects are a certain color
Find Animals
Find objects that all start with the same letter
Find all of the items (without a list) and guess what they have in common
Find magnetic items in rice using a magnet to pull them to the top

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  • Reply Mama Jenn

    My kids love our I-Spy jar. We put a few different spins on it. You can check it out here:

    September 23, 2009 at 4:20 pm
  • Reply Nicole {tired, need sleep}

    I’ve been seeing this activity around a lot too – it’s on my to-do-if-I-ever-find-the-time list. 🙂 I really think M would enjoy it, although he may wonder about getting the things out of there too. Thanks for sharing!

    September 23, 2009 at 6:06 pm
  • Reply Adriana

    New idea to me! I have some pop bottles waiting around to be reused. I’ll put this on my to do list. Thanks!

    September 23, 2009 at 7:52 pm
  • Reply Tonya Lee

    We just made one of these tonight and the twins loved it. We put it to good use tonight in a restaurant during a family dinner. I think the adults might have enjoyed it more!

    September 28, 2009 at 3:08 am
  • Reply Lindsay

    Thanks for stopping by :-). I really need to make one of these I-Spy bottles!!

    September 28, 2009 at 1:35 pm
  • Reply Kathleen

    Love this. Our chiropractor had one at the office and my 6yo LOVED it! Maybe I should make one…

    February 28, 2013 at 3:31 am
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