Let's learn the alphabet, colors, numbers, counting, patterns, and shapes with the I Spy Game.  It is an easy-to-play game that can be done anywhere and is perfect for preschoolers!  I’ll discuss how this game works and offer some tips and tricks to make it fun and educational for your child.

Play the I Spy Game on long car rides, while waiting in line at the grocery store, or even just in your own home. All you need is a good eye and some knowledge of the subject.  You can even hold onto a poster to help you out.

There are a couple of different ways you can play this game. 

ALPHABET
  1. Point out a color around you and have your child find it.  
  2. Your child can find a letter and say it.
  3. Have your child say a random letter, then you will find it.
  4. Find an object in the room, when they find it, ask them to tell you the letter and/or the sound that it starts with. 
  5. Walk around your house with the alphabet poster and find an object in your house for every letter.  Cross the letters off as you go.
  6. You could also add additional challenges to make the game even more exciting. Instead of using just one object per letter, you could make it a race and see who can spot five different objects that start with a specific letter! This is a great way to incorporate both competition and learning into the activity.
COLORS
  1. Point out a color around you and have your child find it.  
  2. Your child can find a color and say it.
  3. Have your child say a random color, then you will find it.
  4. Find an object in the room and ask your child what color it is. 
  5. Walk around your house with the color poster and find an object in your house for every color.  Cross the colors off as you go.
  6. You could also add additional challenges to make the game even more exciting. Instead of using just one object per color, you could make it a race and see who can spot five different objects of one specific color.  This is a great way to incorporate both competition and learning into the activity.
NUMBERS
  1. Point out a number around you and have your child find it.  
  2. Your child can find a number and say it.
  3. Have your child say a random number, then you find it.
COUNTING
  1. Point out an object around you and have your child find it.  When they find it, say, count the number of ____ on it.
    For example: You can say, "I spy a dog".  When they find the dog, ask your child, "How many legs does the dog have?"  
PATTERNS
  1. Point out a pattern around you and have your child find it.  
  2. Your child can find a pattern and say it.
SHAPES
  1. Point out a shape around you and have your child find it.  
  2. Your child can find a shape and say it. 
  3. Have your child say a random shape, then you find it.
  4. Find a shape in the room and ask your child to count the sides.
  5. Walk around your house with the shapes poster and find an object in your house for every shape.  Cross the shapes off as you go.
  6. You could also add additional challenges to make the game even more exciting. Instead of using just one object per shape, you could make it a race and see who can spot five different objects for a specific shape! This is a great way to incorporate both competition and learning into the activity.
Make sure to provide hints along the way and be patient with your child. If they are struggling, try giving them more specific clues or describing the object further. For example, if your child is having trouble with a “C” object, you might say: “I Spy something that is brown and has four legs.”  If you are standing in line at the grocery store, you can say: "I Spy the letter A on a red bag of chips."

Playing with your preschooler can be incredibly enjoyable and rewarding, especially when you can incorporate education into it! By playing the I Spy Game with your child, not only will they improve their recognition of letters, but they will also develop their ability to think creatively and problem-solve. 



This is one of the activities from my activity book: Pre-K The Fun Way
The book contains many fun and engaging activities that help your child learn while having fun.


Xx Jeni

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