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 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