Make an I Spy Game for Kids!

Right around Christmas time my kids spotted a "Find It" Game at Target they were begging for.

I saw on opportunity for a fun project! We began by having a scavenger hunt for lots of tiny, random toys.

Next, we dyed rice three colors for the filler. (If I could give any advice, it would be to make this from Acini de Pepe pasta rather than rice as the little balls would be more like the actual game. I didn't think of this until after the game was constructed and the dying process for pasta is exactly the same.)

Simply place white rice or pasta into a jar and cover with ordinary rubbing alcohol. Add food coloring and shake. Leave overnight or to desired tint. Strain the rice and lay out to dry on a paper towel. (laugh when your kids start crying because it smells "like a shot at the doctor's office!")

Mix dried rice and little toys in a bowl.

Add the whole mixture to some kind of clear tube. We used an empty ornament container, but a tennis ball tube would work as well. (And, I'm pretty sure someone linked up an idea like this on Tutorial Tuesday on time using a ziploc baggie.)

To make it more like a game, keep track of all the objects in the tube and type up and cut out cards on the computer. They can draw a card and look for that object!

Come on back tomorrow on Tutorial Tuesday to link up your own tutorials!



  1. Great idea! I may have to try this.

  2. What I LOVE about this is that you can switch out the toys if you don't seal the tube permanently - unlike the ones you get at the store! I always thought my kiddos would like these, but never bought one because of the price. However, we do have oodles of tiny toys still, and I am dreaming up a project to save those and display them...

  3. How fun! My kids always loved those I Spy Books so much! We'd spend hours reading those books together. Quality time.

  4. What a fun way to keep the kids busy!!! :)

  5. Great idea....When my guys were little boys (don't ask me how long ago that was!) We used to play 'I Spy' while we waited for our food to be served in restaurants. When it was my youngest one's turn he would point to something and loudly say "Mommy, what color is that lamp?"
    I would say, "green" and he would repeat. "I see something green"

    His older brother would get it every time! He never understood why his brother was so good at that game ;-)

    Janet xox

  6. I am definitely going to put this on my "to-do" project list...my boys would LOVE this!!

  7. I saw this at Target too, and thought it was cool. But thought $19.99 was a little much....I'm sure Cub would love to make his own too!

  8. My kids have wanted one of these for awhile now. This will definitely be getting made over at our house :)

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