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Written by Sara Dennis of Classically Homeschooling.
Playing I Spy games with our preschoolers is an absolute blast! It’s also an excellent way of teaching and reviewing letters, numbers, colors, and more with our kids.
Let’s Play I Spy!
I Spy Letters
Review the alphabet with your child by playing I Spy. Simply state, “I Spy the letter I.” Encourage your child to find the letter you’re looking at. Is it on a sign, on a book, or on a page you’re reading?
This is a blast game to play while sitting in a restaurant or waiting in line. Open a magazine or a menu and look for different letters. Check out signs on the walls. Play I Spy and see how many different letters of the alphabet you can find.
I Spy Numbers
You’re certainly not limited to letters of the alphabet during I spy. Teach your preschooler about digits by calling out numbers for your child to find. This game is a blast to play while walking down the street and looking at houses.
I spy is also fun to play when you’re near a parking lot. Check out the numbers on various license plates and see how high you can go.
I Spy Colors
I think most people are familiar with playing I Spy using colors. However don’t use the classic colors of red, green, and blue. Expand your child’s vocabulary by using words such as crimson, emerald, and azure.
Before long your preschooler will know an amazing number of colors. They’ll be chattering about the colors of the rainbow using words such as scarlet, jade, and indigo.
I Spy Signs of Spring
Spring is here and the world around us is blossoming. See how many signs of spring your child can spy during a game. Point out the budding leaves, the tulips, and green grass.
Spy out the birds, bees, and butterflies reappearing. Play I Spy with the colors of flowers and leaves. Be sure to pick a few flowers for the kitchen table together.
Playing I Spy with preschoolers isn’t just a game to pass the time. It’s a marvelous way to review letters and numbers, as well as a great way to learn new vocabulary.
Do you play I Spy with your kids?