Where I live the snow fall in winter is just a fact of life, but, even so, when those fluffy flakes do fall… the celebration begins! The joy and laughter coming from tiny faces is contagious, even when you do get a snowball to the face. When little fingers get too cold, bring them inside and continue with our fun Winter I Spy game.

Our Winter I Spy game printable is the perfect way to practice important motor and cognitive skills- all while having a blast with friends! Create an easy version for tots by eliminating rules and just use crayons to circle objects on the mats. These adorable and colorful I spy worksheets warm up a cold winter day better than a cup of hot cocoa.

– Life Over C's Winter I Spy printable board game and playing cards with colorful images of winter items.

Recommended Grade Level:

Materials for the Winter I Spy Game for Kids:

  • Paper
  • Laminating Supplies
  • Paper Cutter

How Do You Play the I Spy Game in the Classroom?



It’s important for kids of all ages to practice using their memory and visual discrimination 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. It’s the perfect activity to teach at the beginning of January and leave it out through February.

A few examples of the winter I spy images included in this printable are: snow globe, sweater, ice skating, pine tree, winter hat, earmuffs, hot cocoa, snowman, snowflake, and an igloo.

List of supplies needed to prepare this resource:

  • Paper/Cardstock
  • Laminating supplies
  • Printer

In addition to exercising a child’s working memory, the I Spy board game is a great activity to practice basic skills:

  • 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 winter season?
– Life Over C's Playing cards showing a picture of a blue ice skate and an I spy game board with colorful winter images.

What Are the Benefits of I Spy with My Little Eye?



  • Turn-taking and patience
  • Positive communication
  • Resilience after a loss
  • Cooperation
– Life Over C's Photo of I spy game boards with colorful winter images.

How Does an I Spy Game Help Cognitive Development?

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.

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 crab on it, they must quickly sort which pictures are the color red.

– Life Over C's Playing card with a picture of a polar bear, snowflake cards, and game boards with  winter clip art pictures.

“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!

What is the objective of I Spy books?

I Spy books are great for building important cognitive and motor skills in children, such as memory, problem-solving, and visual recognition. Additionally, they encourage social skills like turn-taking, positive communication, and cooperation when played in a group. They also offer an engaging activity for kids, whether at home, in the classroom, or on the go.

Starting with books is a great way to engage toddlers and kids in pre-k before throwing a game at them with rules and procedures. Instead, they can work on counting skills, language skills, and more!

How Do You Play the I Spy Game in the Classroom?

How to Use the I Spy Activity

  • Choose your option below to download link for 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 winter easy game. Make sure to explain how the game is played and possibly model how to play it for them.

If you use laminating pouches, these free resources will last year after year. Kids can also circle found objects with 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.

When should I use the I Spy game?

Once your students understand how to play this fun winter game, you can leave it out for daily use:

  • Holiday celebration
  • Early finishers
  • Morning work
  • After sledding, skating, or other outdoor fun

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– Life Over C's Winter I Spy printable board game and playing cards with colorful images of winter items.
– Life Over C's Click to Get your printable activity here
– Life Over C's download this printable on Teachers Pay Teachers

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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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