Spring is such a welcome season after months of cold, snow, rain, or whatever your region brings. As we get out and enjoy better weather and longer days, it’s still nice to go back inside for a break. And while you’re in there you can explore classic spring images, activities, and themes with our Spring I Spy fun game for kids.

The Spring “Flip” Printable I Spy Games for Kids is the perfect way to practice important motor and cognitive skills- all while having a blast with friends! These adorable and colorful I spy pictures will have anyone longing for a splash in the puddles or a windy day!

Recommended Grade Level/Uses

For I Spy “Flip” Board Game:

Preschool kindergarten early elementary upper elementary
special education speech therapy occupational therapy
– Life Over C's Spring theme I Spy Flip board game and image cards for kids
– Life Over C's Spring theme I Spy Flip Board game sensory activity for kids

Spring I Spy “Flip” Board Game

10 Game Boards

40 Playing Cards

Non-stop FUN!

or Purchase on Teachers Pay Teachers

Learning About Memory Skills:

I SPY PRintable SPRING GAME FOR KIDS

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 younger kids and older kids to practice using their memory and visual tracking skills in order to recognize visual details, enhance vocabulary, and follow multiple step directions.

This I Spy classic game can be used with an individual child, a pair of children, or a small group. It’s also a great game for speech therapy or occupational therapy sessions.

A few examples of the Spring images included in this visual scanning activity are: kite, puddle, bird house, rain boots, umbrella, frog, bunny, rainbow, bee, and flowers.

The I spy game printable 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 was finished
  • On road trips
  • As a boredom buster when the whining begins
  • Speech therapy game
  • Occupational therapy game

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 spring?
– Life Over C's I Spy flip spring theme board game and I Spy image cards

What Social Skills Can Preschoolers Learn?

Practicing social skills with 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
  • Cooperation
– Life Over C's I Spy cards and game for for Spring I Spy Flip

Why Is It Important For Kids To Practice Memory Skills?

Besides the fact that kids love fun indoor activities like hide and seek games and treasure hunts, there are so many other reasons you should work on problem-solving and visual information 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.

Improve 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.

Develop Visual Recognition

Children use visuals and characteristics to scan top to bottom to quickly find a specific object. They will have to recognize colors, shapes and other distinctive features to locate the pictures in the spring themed I Spy game.

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 mushroom on it, they must quickly sort which pictures are blue.

– Life Over C's Spring theme I Spy image cards for I Spy flip board game

“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 I Spy Game

  • 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.
– Life Over C's Spring theme I Spy Flip board game and image cards for kids

Extend the Activity:

Sorting Cards

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

Challenging Words

Create word cards and challenge students to identify the image with the corresponding word.

Creative Storytelling

Give your child the image cards from the I Spy Spring 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 spring 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 Spring theme I Spy Flip board game and image cards for kids
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Spring I Spy “Flip” Board Game

10 Game Boards

40 Playing Cards

Non-stop FUN!

or Purchase on Teachers Pay Teachers

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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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