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I Spy Craft


If weather has you stuck inside, enlist your kids to make this fun craft and not only will they have something to do, but when it's done they can play with it anytime they are bored! Or bring it along when spending some time in the car, in a waiting room or at the grocery store! We're making an I Spy toy!

Picture credit: Montessori Academy

What you need

  • Small, empty and see-through container (bottles or jars work great) with cap/lid.
  • Rice to use as a filler (make pretty rainbow rice by dividing rice into sandwich bags, add a few drops of rubbing alcohol and then a few drops of food colouring. Squish the rice around to cover in colour and the leave the bags open until the rice is dry).
  • An assortment of tiny things (examples: paper clips, rubber bands, coins, buttons, marbles, tiny toys like dinosaurs, erasers, googly eyes, hair clips, lego bricks, thumb tacks, different shapes, letter tiles, screws, beads, dice, magnets etc.)
  • Glue or tape
  • A card and pen to make the list of things to spy.

How to make it

  1. Fill your bottle about half full with rice, using a funnel.
  2. Add the tiny things (one of each type), adding them to the list of items (or take a picture of all the items for younger children) and shake them into the rice.
  3. If needed, add a bit more rice until the container is about 3/4 full.
  4. Seal your bottle with glue or tape to keep the contents safely inside. 
  5. Have fun playing!

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