Make Your Own I Spy Book

Activity for ages 5 to 8.

I have some first grade students who LOVE to write and others who are a little more reluctant.  But this Make Your Own I Spy Book put such a fun spin on writing that all of my students couldn’t wait to start working on it!

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Getting Ready

To prep the activity, I printed out a book cover for each of my students on neon Astrobrights paper to add a motivating pop of color.

Then, I printed out the I Spy pages front to back, folded the pages in half, and made a big stack of them on my writing table.Free I Spy Book. Fun writing activity for kids!-2

The Activity

I started out this lesson by pulling out an actual I Spy book so that we could play a quick round of I Spy.

Focusing on a blue marble that was shown on one of the pages, I gave kids clues about the object I was thinking of:

“I spy with my little eye something blue.”

“I spy with my little eye something that rolls.”

Students’ hands shot into the air. They were eager to call out their answer.

I waited a few more seconds for other children in class to spot the marble and then invited the kids to whisper their guesses to their neighbor.

Next, I explained that we were going to take the same idea and each make our own I Spy book.  They were excited to say the least!

I showed them my sample book and had them guess the things around the classroom that I had picked!

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I said, “I spy with my little eye, something that is shiny and makes noise”.  A few students shared their guesses and then one of my kids picked the right object: the teacher bell that I ring when we transition to new activities.

I explained how the pages would be inserted into the books so that our readers would have to flip the page to discover the answer.  

I showed them how to fold the pages in half and then put them into the cover page with the folds facing out. Then I stapled along the cover’s edge.  I told my kiddos that I would be more than happy to help anyone staple their books together when they were ready.

Finally, I sent them off to create their books!  I loved seeing their creativity flourish and I was impressed with many of the adjectives they used.  It’s amazing what something new and exciting can do for a student’s writing!

Grab Your Copy

Ready to download this activity and start playing I Spy too?! Click the blue download button below and then hop over and snag our free How to Eat an Oreo writing activity too!

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10 Comments

  1. Tammy

    Hi! The I Spy Book for writing is a great idea! Could you make one with a girl on the cover-my girls would like that:)

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    • Kimberleigh

      Hello Tammy,
      I have emailed you some information.
      Warmly,
      Kimberleigh

      Reply
  2. Ruchi

    Awesome… I was totally confused on how to improve vocabulary and writing skills , while keeping things simple and interesting… Just loved your inputs.

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    • Kimberleigh

      Hello Ruchi,
      Thank you so much for your kind words! We are here because of folks like you.
      Stay inspired!
      Warmly,
      Kimberleigh

      Reply
  3. veronica

    HI I cannot download the I spy book

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    • Kimberleigh

      Hello Veronica,
      I am happy to help and have emailed you.
      Have a wonderful day!
      Warmly,
      Kimberleigh

      Reply
  4. Mary

    I am having trouble opening the make your own i spy book. It looks super cute! Any suggestions?

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    • Kimberleigh

      Hello Mary,
      I am so sorry you are having troubles. I am happy to help and have emailed you.
      Warmly,
      Kimberleigh // Happiness Ambassador

      Reply
  5. Melanie Garcia

    Hello Erica,

    I am having a difficult time trying to download the “My I Spy Book”. I was hoping to use it for a literacy station.

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    • Ashley

      Hi Melanie,
      Thanks for reaching out, please check out our troubleshooting video HERE for help.
      If you’re still having trouble, please email me at hello@playdoughtoplato.com
      Warmly,
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador

      Reply

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