Sunny afternoons in the backyard, no schedule, no commitments. There’s nothing better! I treasure the time spent outside playing backyard games with my kids. One of our favorites? I Spy!
I especially love the visual perceptual and cognitive challenge this game provides! Plus, every child seems to know and love this simple game! Check out these creative ideas for targeting a huge variety of concepts and cognitive skills when you’re playing I Spy in your backyard!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Your backyard and your kids :)
WHAT TO DO:
Play I Spy using one of the following categories (see our printable I Spy guide for some suggestions):
3. Actions (ie. “I spy something you can throw”)
4. Textures (ie. “I spy something rough”)
5. Alphabet (ie. “I spy something that starts with the letter “A”)
6. Distance (ie. “I spy something 10 feet way”)
7. Habitats (ie. “I spy somewhere a bird would live”)
8. Memories (ie. “I spy a place where we camped out one night”)
9. Senses (ie. “I spy something that smells sweet”)
10. Numbers (ie. “I spy 5 flowers”)
HOW TO CHANGE IT UP:
-Reverse roles! Give your child a category and let them come up with the items for YOU to find!
SKILL AREAS ADDRESSED: Cognitive skills, social skills, visual perceptual skills, visual motor integration, sensory integration
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