This is a great play idea to teach help your child about taking turns while building their vocabulary at the same time. “I spy” can be played at home or in a car. “I spy” can be played with one child or multiple children at a time.
STEP 1: “I spy” can be played anywhere. You just need to be able to look at your surroundings and talk with your child or children.
STEP 2: Decide who will start the game. It can be the youngest or the oldest child. It can be the one whose name is closest to the beginning of the alphabet. Or it could be a random choice!
STEP 3: The player who starts chooses something that everyone can see. The player gives the first letter of the object as a clue. For example, “I spy something beginning with the letter M”.
STEP 4: Players take turns to call out guesses until someone gets the right answer. The first person to guess correctly is the one that will go next to choose an object.
For younger children: Give the clues in a way that doesn’t involve letters. For example, your child could say, “I spy something that tastes good” or ‘I spy something that is the color blue”.
For older children: Increase the descriptions to make the game more of a challenge and encourages more thought. For example, you could take the lead and say “I spy two objects that are similar” or “I spy two objects that are rectangular in shape”.