This printable I Spy game for kids is so much fun to add to your apple theme activities for fall. With 40 apple theme images included, it is a great way to introduce students to new apple vocabulary, work on visual discrimination skills and practice using partner games. You can also add it to any food theme, along with our huge list of 101 food activities for kids.
My family and I love to head to the mountains in the crisp month of October to pick our own tasty fruits. We personally love the cider and the apple doughnuts. We can contribute to your child’s love of the colorful fruit with our apple I spy flip game.
Our Apple I Spy game printable is the perfect way to practice important motor and cognitive skills- all while having a blast with friends or family! This treasure hunt is also the perfect game for speech therapy. These adorable and colorful I spy pictures will have anyone longing to chomp into a red delicious!
Recommended Grade Level/Uses
For I Spy “Flip” Board Game:
Learning About Memory Skills:
I SPY PRintable GAME
ASKING STUDENTS TO USE COGNITIVE (THINKING) SKILLS CAN HELP BUILD THEIR WORKING MEMORY. STUDENTS CAN ANSWER QUESTIONS LIKE:
Where is this object located? What characteristics of the object will help me find it? I remember seeing that picture before, how can I find it again?
It’s important for kids of all ages to practice using their memory and problem-solving skills in order to recognize visual details, enhance vocabulary, and follow multiple step directions.
This easy I Spy printable can be used with an individual child, a pair of children, or a small group.
A few examples of the apple I spy images included in this printable are: apple trees, sliced apple, picking apples, apples in a truck, bushel basket of apples, and a wheelbarrow full of apples.
I spy can fit into any part of your child’s day-
- While lunch is being prepared
- During a snow storm or rainy day
- Used as an occupational therapy game
- After a classroom activity or assignment was finished
- On road trips
- As a boredom buster when the whining begins
In addition to exercising a child’s working memory, here are more concepts to explore using the I Spy board game:
- What colors are in that object?
- What shapes make up the object?
- What letter does that object start with?
- What other kind of objects might I find at an apple orchard?
What Social Skills Can Preschoolers Learn?
visual discrimination activities
HAVING STUDENTS WORK TOGETHER TO PLAY THE I SPY FLIP MEMORY GAME CAN UTILIZE SOCIAL SKILLS LIKE:
- Turn-taking and patience
- Positive communication
- Resilience after a loss
Why Is It Important For Kids To Practice Memory Skills?
Besides the fact that kids love playing classic games like I Spy, there are so many other reasons you should work on problem-solving, memory skills, and visual scanning activities with your child.
Develop a Child’s Focus: In order for children to be successful in finding matches, they must practice focusing on where objects are and concentrating on how to find them again.
Develop Visual Recognition: Children are using visual information and characteristics to quickly find a specific object. They will have to recognize colors, shapes and other distinctive features to locate the picture.
Improving Short Term Memory: Processing data quickly is a product of short term memory. Practicing using your short term memory can also help strengthen long term memory and the ability to recall information at a later time.
Cognitive Sorting: A child’s brain needs to be able to sort the information of the objects they are seeing in order to narrow down where the specific object is. If the child flips a card with a squirrel on it, they must quickly sort which pictures are the color brown.
“My multi-aged group loved this even more than I thought they would! “
My kiddos love this! I use it for early finishers or in the morning while they are staggering in during breakfast. They are very engaged and enjoy playing!
How To Use These Themed I Spy Printables
- Choose your option below to get the printable pack.
- Print, cut out, and laminate the activity for durability.
Using the “Flip” I Spy Game
Choose how many players will be participating in the game. Make sure to explain how the game is played and possibly model how to play it for them.
Once the posters are laminated, there are many learning activities you can use them for, including using dry erase markers.
How Do I Play the I Spy “Flip” Board Game?
Playing this I Spy Board game is simple.
- Choose your I Spy game board.
- Divide the cards evenly among the players.
- Place the cards face down on the table.
- All players flip their top cards at the same time.
- Race to find the picture on your card first.
- Whoever finds their picture first wins a token.
- Play continues until the playing cards have all been used.
- The player that has the most tokens at the end of the game is the winner.
Extend the Activity
Use the image cards to practice sorting colors, shapes, living vs. nonliving, and food or drinks.
Create word cards to challenge students with identifying the image with the corresponding word.
Give your child the image cards from the I Spy apple game and have them create a story using the pictures.
I Spy Game
Use the I Spy pages to play traditional I Spy. Start the game with “I Spy with my little eye…” and engage the children with verbal cues to find the matching picture.
Extend the I Spy Activity
Use the I Spy activity for kids with books about apples to locate the I Spy pictures.
Get More I Spy Printables
In addition to our I Spy “Flip” fun games for kids series, we have 20+ I Spy Printables on Life Over C.s Get I Spy Worksheets, posters and games here.