DIY I Spy Bottles

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

DIY I Spy Bottles

Kids will love playing with these homemade I Spy Bottles. These make great busy bags or fun for road trips for preschool, kindergarten, and elementary age children.

Back 6 years ago, when my first born was little, I was invited to a Busy Bag Party. In case you haven’t heard of that the host invites a certain number of people. There were 9 in our exchange (a WONDERFUL number to be able to buy/make in bulk without being too daunting!) Each person lets the host know what buys bag item (DIY reusable games/activities for preschool kids) they are making so there are no duplicates. Then each of you makes 9 projects.

At the Busy Bag Party you swap so when you go homes you will have 9 different busy bag activities for your kids to play with – cool, right! I am so grateful to my host for the fun idea & my kids are LOVING all their new activities.

Busy Bag Idea - DIY I Spy Bottles


To make these fun, easy to make DIY I Spy Bottles, you will need colored rice. Here is how to dye rice.

Put dyed rice in recycled plastic bottle using a funnel.


Buy items form dollar store, Joann, scrapbook store, and any other place you can find small items like these.


Put one of each item like a pom pom, number die, small animal, etc. in the partially filled recycled plastic bottle, top with additional dyed rice, leave a little head room, and close lid.


Don't the bottles look pretty all lined up?


Now attach cards with pictures of every item you've included for your child to find.


Now you have a fun, easy-to-make and ready to use DIY I Spy Game for toddler, preschool, kindergarten, and first grade kids.

HINT: You could also make 4 different I Spy Bottles - one for each season using different mediums than rice. You might also try colored fusion beads, sand, salt, fake snow, colored water, hair gel, rocks, darker grain, spices, etc. 

The possibilities are endless as are the hours of fun your kiddos will have with them!

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  1. Beth I LOVE this! This is so fantastic! They are beautiful. Of course we all know my obsession with colored rice lol. I have never heard of a busy bag exchange but that sounds like loads of fun. I think I will have to organize and host one when the babes is a bit older. Thanks for the ideas! Pinning!

  2. so cute idea!! I have 11 kids so I would need to make them bulk for us and they would be great on our summer road trip!!
    I pinned you!!

  3. Love this idea! I'm thinking it will make an inexpensive, fun idea for gifts for a bunch of kids at church!!

    Do you glue the lids on to prevent them from opening & spilling the contents?

  4. I love this. I've made one with letters and used a large peanut butter jar. This has inspired me to do other ones with little objects.

  5. Wow! A great, economical way to create this game. Love it! Renee

  6. OMG I am def going to do this with my daughter

  7. Love the busy bag party idea! I am adding it to my own summer bucket list. What things did your friends bring? I'd love to see what else you came home with!

  8. I'm totally doing this for our family camping trip coming up at the end of March. We will be taking 9 kids camping so I'm hoping to mix up the stuff a bit so each bottle will contain different items. These sound so fun!

  9. Help...I can't find the tutorial for making the colored rice!

  10. I have been meaning to make my own "I Spy" type of bottle/bag - thank you for sharing this! Looks so fun and easy!

  11. I love this idea! It would be great for older children who need something to do when they finish and I'm working with another child.

  12. Great, I'm using this at Senior Center