I Spy Bags are an engaging learning tool which help develop essential life skills in a fun manner

Thrusting one of his I Spy Bags at me, my 3 year old triumphs, “Muuuummmm, I found all of them!” We had been waiting 15 minutes at the doctors and I had that gut feeling we would be waiting at least another 15 more. He had been so occupied in the game and I was feeling calm and relieved that he wasn’t restless and climbing all over the furniture. Bear was still tossing the bag back and forth through his fingers, it’s then that the light bulb switched to life; we began exploring I Spy Bags beyond their original purpose.  All of a sudden I Spy Bags become a tool for multiple ages for several learning experiences. Here is a list of games we have devised since:

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Can you find something that is…(insert choice of colour)?

Beginner Level Example: Can you find something that is red?

Challenge Level Example: Can you find something that is crimson?

Can you find something you would…(complete the sentence with how the object would relate to the world)

Beginner Level Example: Can you find something a body part you would use to walk with?

Challenge Level Example: Can you find the object that includes your phalanges?

I spy with my little eye something beginning with…

Beginner Level Example: I spy with my little eye something beginning with ‘b’. It may be a button, balloon, bubble, bolt or one of the hidden items

Challenge Level Example: The game concept can be altered for final sounds (ends in), medial sounds, diphthongs and digraphs. I spy with my little eye something that has the digraph ‘er’.

Why not try syllables, I spy with my little eye something that has 2 syllables. This is slightly open-ended as the child has several words to choose from.

Can you find something that rhymes with….?

Can you find something that rhymes with dish?

How long does it take you to find…?

Time how long it takes your loved one to find a specified object. Can he beat that time for the next object?

Who can be the quickest to find…?

When there are 2 or more bags available, select an object for each player to find. Who is the quickest?

Swap roles

Have your child take on the role of game master and create the questions. Not only will he consolidate his learning but he will also improve his oral language, in particular his sentence structure and vocabulary.

What games have you played?

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