A cozy fire place. The smell of sweet cinnamon. The sound of our favorite holiday songs. These wonderful senses of the season always makes my heart happy. There are so many different things that make Christmas special for families. Christmas games for kids are at the top of our holiday list to things to do.

Our Christmas I Spy flip game printable is the perfect way to practice important motor and cognitive skills- all while having a blast with friends and family! These adorable and colorful I spy pictures will have anyone longing to decorate the Christmas tree with twinkling lights and jolly old Saint Nick.

– Life Over C's Christmas theme I spy game to practice visual discrimination.

Recommended Grade Level:

Christmas Flip I Spy Printable Supplies:

  • Paper or cardstock
  • Color printer
  • Paper cutter or scissors
  • Laminiating materials
– Life Over C's I spy printable Christmas game for kids.

Christmas I Spy “Flip” Board Game Set

10 Game Boards

40 Playing Cards

Non-stop FUN!

– Life Over C's Click to Get your printable activity here
– Life Over C's Christmas theme I Spy board game for kids.

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 (visual discrimination), 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. It can also be used during a speech therapy session or for occupational therapy games. Games for speech therapy don’t have to be boring and all the same. These are fun games for all kids!

A few examples of the Christmas Flip I spy images included in this printable are: Christmas tree, milk and cookies, gingerbread cookie, wreath, reindeer, star, ornaments, and hot cocoa.

I spy can fit into any part of your child’s day-

  • While breakfast is being prepared
  • During a snow storm or rainy day
  • After a classroom activity or assignment was finished
  • On road trips to grandma’s house
  • 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 during the Christmas holiday?
– Life Over C's Christmas I spy game board and I spy picture cards.

What Social Skills Can Preschoolers Learn?

Practicing social skills with the game i spy

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
  • Cooperation
– Life Over C's I spy picture cards with Christmas images.

Why Is It Important For Kids To Practice Memory Skills?

Besides the fact that kids love playing I Spy games, there are so many other reasons you should work on problem-solving and memory 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 visuals and characteristics to quickly find a specific object. They will have to recognize colors, shapes and other distinctive features to locate the picture and play the visual discrimination activities.

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 tree on it, they must quickly sort which pictures are the color green.

– Life Over C's Christmas I spy game board and picture cards.

“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 Game 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:

Sorting Cards

Use the image cards to practice sorting colors, shapes, living vs. nonliving, and food or drinks.

Challenging Words

Create word cards and challenge students to identify the image with the corresponding word. This can also be a great speech therapy game.

Creative Storytelling

Give your child the image cards from the I Spy Christmas 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 classic 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 visual scanning activity for kids with books about winter or Christmas to locate the I Spy pictures.

Get I Spy Free Printables

In addition to our I Spy “Flip” Game series, we have 20+ I Spy Free Printables on Life Over C.s Get I Spy Worksheets, posters and games here.

Focus Skills

For I Spy “Flip” Board Game:

visual discrimination visual scanning working memory partner play Language Development cognitive sorting counting hand-eye coordination

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– Life Over C's Christmas theme I Spy board game for kids.
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Christmas I Spy “Flip” Board Game Set

10 Game Boards

40 Playing Cards

Non-stop FUN!

– Life Over C's Click to Get your printable activity here

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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