What’s your favorite pet? Did you yearn for a certain furry friend when you were young that your parents never agreed to? Or maybe you cycled through a long list of cats, dogs, gerbils, and fish! Either way, you probably have some childhood memories involving household pets. Whether you’re a pet lover or not, this I Spy flip game engages kids and gets them thinking about pets, supplies, responsibilities and more!

The Pets Theme “Flip” Printable I Spy Game for Kids is a great way to practice visual discrimination skills while learning important social skills. It’s easy to prep and fun to play!

– Life Over C's I spy printable game for a preschool or kindergarten pet theme.

Recommended Grade Level:

I Spy Flip Pet Game Supplies:

  • Paper
  • Laminating Supplies
  • Scissors

Recommended Grade Level/Uses

For I Spy “Flip” Board Game:

Preschool kindergarten early elementary upper elementary
special education speech therapy occupational therapy

Learning About Memory Skills:

I SPY PRintable GAME

Where is this object located in my visual field? 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 process visual information, enhance vocabulary, and follow multiple step directions.

This easy I Spy game printable can be used with an individual child, a pair of children, or a small group. Images include a wide range of pets and pet-related concepts like homes and food. Here are a few images included: turtle, cat, dog, fish, rabbit, gerbil, yarn, collar, dog house, dog food, lizard, and snake.

As children play, they will learn more about common pets and how to care for them. Their vocabulary will expand, and there fine motor skills will improve just by drawing a card each turn!

Visual discrimination activities can fit into any part of your child’s day-

  • While lunch is being prepared
  • During a snow storm or rainy day
  • After a classroom activity or assignment is finished
  • As a boredom buster

There are lots of concepts to explore using the pet theme preschool game:

  • What colors are in that animal?
  • What shapes make up the pet?
  • What letter does that object start with?
  • What do pets need to survive?
  • How do you take care of a cat/dog/gerbil?
  • What other pets do people have?
– Life Over C's I spy game board and playing cards with colorful pet pictures.

What Social Skills Can Preschoolers Learn?

Practicing social skills with THE FREE PRINTABLE I SPY PICTURES
  • Taking turns and patience
  • Positive communication
  • Resilience after a loss
  • Cooperation
  • Vocabulary/oral language
– Life Over C's I spy picture cards featuring colorful images of pets and their supplies.

Why Is It Important For Kids To Practice Memory Skills?

Besides the fact that kids love playing hide-and-seek games, visual scanning activities also sharpen key skills needed for learning to read and write.

Recognizing Details

This pet activity for preschoolers is a great way to get kids recognizing details. As they learn to discriminate between letters and numbers, and then between individual letters and numbers, this becomes a very important pre-reading skill.

Improves Vocabulary

As you search for dogs, cats, and other kinds of pets, it opens the door to learning new vocabulary and conversations. It also lends itself to more experiences, like sharing books about pets or taking a trip to the pet store with children.

Improves Short-Term Memory

Processing data quickly is a product of short-term memory. Using short-term memory can then help strengthen long-term memory and the ability to recall information at a later time. Sounds like more pre-reading skills to me!

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 cat on it, they must quickly sort which pictures are the same shape, color, etc.

– Life Over C's Pets 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 The Activity:

  • Choose your option below to get the printable pack.
  • Print, cut out, and laminate the activity for durability.

How to Use:

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.

How to Play:

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 pets, types of homes, how to care for them, or ways to play with each type of pet.

Challenging Words

Create a center activity with word cards to challenge students with identifying the image with the corresponding word.

Creative Storytelling

Use the image cards from the game and some favorite stuffed animals to engage kids in creative stories about pets.

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 as a springboard for an art activity, learning how to feed the dog, cat, lizard, or other real-life applications.

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
– Life Over C's Pet themed I spy game to practice visual scanning and discrimination.

Pets I Spy “Flip” Game

10 Game Boards

40 Playing Cards

Non-stop FUN!

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– Life Over C's I spy printable game for a preschool or kindergarten pet theme.
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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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