I first read about I Spy mats at this great blog. Mini Me and I made our book a bit differently.
First, we gathered several sets of toys and household items and took some photos:
Next, we developed the photos as 5x7s. We had 12 photos (special thanks to Nani for helping with them!).
After that, we laminated the photos back to back, putting card stock in between, and cut them out to make a 6 page book. We punched holes in the top and bound it together. Initially I bound it with pipe cleaners but changed those to keyring rings and it flipped much better.
Mini Me has been very intrigued, searching for specific items like all the fruits or all the construction machinery and tools. I've asked him to find all the blue things or all the things we put in our mouths. We can also use the I Spy book for initial sounds activities, such as finding all the things that start with /b/. The possibilities truly are endless. This will be our newest go-to activity in the car or in church, or maybe for a quick distraction during a normal day. The best part of laminating it is that he can use a dry erase marker to circle or make x's on the items he is finding and it will wipe right off.
It's a hit so far!
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