I spy bags are fabric bags with a vinyl see-through window in them. They are then filled with a filler such as plastic pellets, and small objects are placed inside and sealed up. A child then has to move around the inside pieces to find see all of the objects inside through the little window.
I had my kids make two different no-sew versions of the I spy bag using a large zip-lock bag and duct tape. We filled one of the versions with a goopy squishy substance and the other with rice.
First we picked out little objects that we wanted to use and put them in the bag. (I would recommend double bagging, especially with the wet goopy version)
Next we put in our filler. One of them we used rice, and the other we used dish soap. I think that hair gel would work better as the slimy substance though as it is thicker.
We then used colored duct tape to seal the top and cover everywhere except a square on the bag to see the objects through.
- Don’t fill them up too full of rice or goop. If it’s too full, it’s hard to squish around to find the objects.
- Make sure you get the air out when you seal the bags.
- Have the clear window on the back where there is no zip-lock logo. Or use a brand with no logo.
- Large ziplock bags
- Filler material (rice, plastic pellets, goop, hair gel, dish soap)
- Duct tape (preferably pretty colors)
- Fine motor
- Visual perceptual
- Motor planning
- Sensory – tactile