I Spy bottles are so much fun and are easy to make. It is a great way to strengthen important skills such as visual discrimination and vocabulary. It’s like a treasure hunt in a bottle.
This I-Spy Bottle is a great activity for long car rides or road trips. All you need is an empty water bottle, plain or colored rice, and a few small items you probably already have on hand.
Make Your Own I-Spy Bottle for Kids
- Take the label off of a water bottle.
- Gather small objects or small toys from around the house. If you want to make a themed I Spy bottle you can find unique items at the dollar store.
- Start by layering rice and small pieces until the bottle was a little more than 1/2 full.
- Use a hot glue gun to add a little hot glue to the cap if you are worried about your child taking it off and emptying the contents of the bottle.
- I used 6 objects; a sticker, game piece, crayon, small pom pom, paper clip, and a key.
- Before I put them inside the bottle, I put the objects on our copier.
- Then, I attached the picture of them to the front of the bottle with packaging tape.
- For older children, a list of things would work instead of pictures and it could be a laminated card 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 or 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.
More I-Spy Bottle Ideas
This is a great project to do with your children. Gather different items together and layer them into the different bottles.
- Find Letters – Add small alphabet beads or stickers to rice.
- Search for Numbers – Number beads or stickers would work for this bottle.
- Hunt for Colors – All of the objects included could be one color or put make it a rainbow bottle with each of the different colors of the rainbow.
- Animal Hunt – Use animal beads from a craft store to find in the bottle.
- Letter Sounds – Find objects that all start with the same letter to go into one bottle.
- Find all of the items (without a list) and guess what they have in common. This is a challenge that older kids will love!
- Is it magnetic? Layer magnetic and non magnetic items in rice using a magnet to pull them to the top.
- Book Theme – Add objects that all go with your favorite book like Goodnight Moon.
- Holiday I Spy Bottle – Different holiday color themes or themed decorations would make this I-Spy bottle a hit.
This is a fun game for kids of all ages. It can be a fun quiet time activity or a game for children to play in pairs as they race to find the list of items.
I Spy Water Bag
Make an I Spy Water Bag for a different sensory experience.
Use the front of a pasta box to make an I Spy window. We’ve used this to hunt for colors, letters, and even words.
Christmas Ornament I Spy
At Christmas time, try an ornament I Spy activity! It only takes a few minutes to set up and it is fun to play. You can even have your kids take pictures with the ipad and challenge each other.