Enhancing the Books
Let’s take “I spy" activities across the curriculum after reading these books.
Make a Spy Glass (Art)
Children can make a spy glass with a simple cardboard paper towel tube. Let the children paint the tube in the color of their choice. When it dries, they can embellish the tube with painted designs, stickers, or glued-on gems. You can also cover the tube with colored construction paper or aluminum foil instead of painting it.
Another model adds a paper cup to the bottom end. Just cut an opening in the bottom of the cup that fits the tube inside. Peek inside the small opening to see the world through the opposite end of the spy glass
I Spy (Game)
Gather the children in a group and invite them to find objects in the room. Start with one clue and then add more attributes until the item is found. Choose easy-to-find things so the preschoolers can have a high level of success as they first learn to play this game. Increase difficulty as the kids become more familiar with the game. As you give clues the children learn positional and spatial vocabulary. Count how many clues were needed to find a specific object.
I Spy in Color (Science)
Draw and cut several magnifying glasses from poster board and tape a cellophane window to cover the opening in different colors. Invite your students to become inspectors and view the world in different hues. Ask the children, “How does everything look? What changes do you see? What is your favorite color?" Use these indoors and outdoors.
I Spy Song (Music)
I spy with my little eye something that’s the color red,
Can you see it, can you touch it,
Can you show it to me?
I’m looking for the color red,
It could be red like a red, red rose
Or red like a clown’s red nose,
I spy with my little eye,
Something that’s the color red.
Continue with other colors, including blue, yellow, and green using songs from this website.
-Lyrics and sound clip by Stephanie Burton.