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I Spy Bags

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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We then used colored duct tape to seal the top and cover everywhere except a square on the bag to see the objects through.

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  • 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

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