Have you ever wondered why kids love to play “I Spy“? In fact, it’s even fun for adults! It must be the thrill of the search. For me, it’s fun to hear how kids’ clues evolve over time, becoming more complex as they gain language and problem-solving skills.
The Button 2D Shapes and Colors “Flip” Printable I Spy Game doesn’t require clues, but it does demand fast-paced visual scanning, which makes it super engaging, competitive, and full of laughter, grins, and groans as children try to quickly spot each different type of button on their card.
Recommended Grade Level/Uses
For I Spy “Flip” Board Game:
Learning About Visual Tracking:
SHAPE I SPY “FLIP” GAME
VISUAL SCANNING ACTIVITIES
Visual discrimination activities, like puzzles, sorting, and ordering are important to healthy development. These fun games for kids will later transfer to important literacy skills, like identifying letters, reading, and writing.
This “I Spy” game printable adds a fun twist to a classic game by encouraging kids of all ages to search their card for specific shapes in a matter of seconds.
Older kids can even be paired with younger kids to enjoy this game because the only requirement is eye sight! Siblings and friends of all ages can pair up, play in a group, or even play alone to gain visual acuity.
“I Spy” games are so versatile, they even fit into the category of occupational therapy games or speech therapy games to help children with special needs.
The free printable “I Spy” flip game also covers important content! The cards include 10 shapes: circle, diamond, square, hexagon, rectangle, heart, flower, star, oval, and triangle.
That’s not all! Colors include: blue, green, yellow, brown, pink, red, black, gray, purple, and orange.
Plan this fun indoor activity any time!
- While lunch is being prepared
- During a snowstorm or rainy day
- After a classroom activity or assignment is finished
- On road trips
- As a boredom buster when the whining begins
In addition to exercising a child’s visual discrimination, the shapes and colors “I Spy” game improves:
- Working memory
- Recognizing objects that are small, medium, or large
- Shape recognition and vocabulary
- Tracking skills
- Color recognition
What Social Skills Can Preschoolers Learn?
Practicing social skills WHILE GATHERING VISUAL INFORMATION
HAVING STUDENTS WORK TOGETHER TO PLAY THE I SPY FLIP GAME CAN UTILIZE SOCIAL SKILLS LIKE:
- Turn-taking and patience
- Positive communication
- Resilience after a loss
Why Is It Important For Kids To Practice Visual Skills?
Besides the fact that kids love the intrigue of games like hide-and-seek and I Spy, there are valuable educational reasons to keep playing games and going on treasure hunts! All of the following skills come into play later, when children learn to read.
“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 I Spy Printables
How to Use the Activity
- 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.
Use the image cards to practice sorting shapes, colors, or sizes.
Turn it into a game for a speech therapy session by asking the child to spot something on the mat and say, “I spy a…!” Then ask them to pose a question, “Can you find a…?”
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.