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How to Make DIY I Spy Bottles for Kids

Make your own I spy bottles with rice and recycled water bottles for an EPIC activity for kids. This I Spy Bottle DIY is super simple to make in just 5-10 minutes, but provides hours of play for kids as busy bags, summer car trips, and more! Use DIY I spy bottle with preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and elementary age children in first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders. Use this I spy DIY to help kids work on letter discrimination, colors, letters, animal theme, summer theme, etc. – the possibilities are endless!

Make your own I spy bottles with rice and recycled water bottles for an EPIC activity for kids. This I Spy Bottle DIY is super simple to make in just 5-10 minutes, but provides hours of play for kids as busy bags, summer car trips, and more! Use DIY I spy bottle with preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and elementary age children in first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders. Use this I spy DIY to help kids work on letter discrimination, colors, letters, animal theme, summer theme, etc. - the possibilities are endless!

I Spy Bottles

Looking for a fun summer activity for kids? Why not try making your own I spy DIY! Instead of making I spy games using a worksheet, these engaging I spy bottles allow kids to pick-up, hold, shake, and look for the special items you can choose to put in theirI spy rice bottle.  These I spy bottle DIY projects take only 5-10 minutes to whip up and are super cheap to make too! ThisDIY I Spy bottle is fun for toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, and grade 4 students. Use these for an I’m bored moment, road trips, or any other time you want them to work on visual discrimination for a quiet moment!

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 activity for 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.

I Spy Bottle

To make these super cute DIY I Spy Bottles all you need are a few simple materials you might already have on hand or can easily pick up at MIchaels or Hobby Lobby. These are such a fun-to-make and a creative sensory activity for kids.
  • rice
  • rubbing alcohol
  • food coloring (whatever color you like)
  • sandwich bags
  • clear plastic bottles (empty with lid saved)
  • small toys, beads, etc. for kids to look for
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I Spy Bottle DIY

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

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DIY I spy bottle

Put dyed rice in recycled plastic bottle using a funnel.
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I Spy DIY

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

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.

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Don’t the bottles look pretty all lined up?

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I Spy Game

This part is optional. Kids can have fun looking for objects without a printable! As what you put in the jar will vary depending on your child’s intersts and what you can find, I cannot provide a free i spy printable on this onw. I whipped up my i spy game printable cards in power point by taking a picutre of the opjects and inserting them onto square tiles with a cute background. Now attach cards with pictures of every item you’ve included for your child to find.

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Now you have a fun, easy-to-make 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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I Spy Worksheets

Look for more fun visual discrimination practice with free I Spy Worksheets? Try these:

 DIY Lava Lamp - super easy way to make your own lava lamp with simple things you have around your house. This homemade lava lamp is such a fun science project for kids of all ages to sneak in some summer learning. This science experiment is for toddlers, preschoolers, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and kids of all ages at home, homeschool, summer camps, classroom, etc. Looking for a really fun and memorable science experiment for kids? You will love these EPIC pop rocks experiment. Try this pop rocks science experiment with preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade students to try a simple chemical reaction. This Whether you try this pop rocks science experiments for homeschool science, at a science birthday party, or as part of a summer science project - this is a MUST try,  really cool science experimentkids will LOVE. Take your homemade playdough to a whole new level of FUN with this amazing Color Changing Playdough recipe. This is sure to be a hit with toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd grade children alike.  These super EASY to make marshmallow shooters are a must for your summer bucket list. This summer activity for kids is not only fun, but it is actually a STEM activity for kids too! Students assemble, tweak, and design this simple marshmallow cannon to try to get the most distance they can. THis is such a simple, but fun summer activities your preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and elementary age students in first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grdae, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students will want to try over summer break!

Summer Fun

Looking for more outdoor activities for kids and things to do in the summer? Your toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, and elementary age kids will love these fun ideas to keep them busy all summer long:

This craft using egg shell is a fun simple summer craft for kids that uses things you have laying around your house. Kids will love giving their egg head craft personality, watching their hair grow, and giving their egg craft a haircut! This diy chia pet is perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, and grade 2 students! Plus this spring activities for preschoolers science is the perfect addition to a planting seeds with preschoolers activity for your plants and seeds lesson plan! Kids are going to love this really fun Frozen Rainbow Eruptions science activity where kids will make beautiful rainbows as they create a chemical reaction! This baking soda and vinegar experiment! This rainbow activities for preschoolers usese a couple simple materials for a mesmerizing, colorful preschool summer activity! Use this rainbow science with toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders. Looking for that really cool science experiment for kids that grabs kids attention, teaches, and makes them say WOW! This squishy circuits project is fun and easy to do with a kid-approve Lego theme to keep preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students engaged. All you need are a few simple materials to try this Electricity Science Experiments and you are ready to play and learn! There are so many fun variations for this electricity experiments for kids EPIC Bubble Painting - kids of all ages will love this fun summer art project where they will make a bubble craft by blowing bubbles. Recipe included for this fun to make, easy, summer activity for kids!

Summer Activities for Kids

Edible Ice Cream Playdough Recipe - amazing 2 ingredient playdough recipe perfect for toddler, preschool, kindergarten and kids of all ages for an ice cream thing, kids activity, or summer bucket list #playdough #playdoughrecipes #icecream This vinegar and baking soda rocket is an out-of-this-world fun AND educational summer activity for kids! Preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students will enjoy making the baking soda rocket. This how to make a bottle rocket project is one of those really cool science projects your kids will remember forever!  homemade bubbles  EASY Stained Glass Craft for Kids - this fun art project is great for kids of all ages from toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, elementary age age and families to make to bright their front door or a window up with a spring craft for kids. You will love this art project

Fun Summer Activities for Kids

About the author

Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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