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
- 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
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.
DIY I spy bottle
I Spy DIY
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.
Don’t the bottles look pretty all lined up?
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.
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!
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:
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