Pediatric Physical, Speech, and Occupational Therapists Inspiring Play

Make Your Own I-Spy Bottle

Make Your Own I-Spy Bottle

Looking for a simple, engaging activity to keep little minds and hands busy? Make your own I-Spy bottle!

You only need a few materials! Here’s what we used:


  1. Scoop about 1 ½ cups of rice into a ZipLock bag.
  2. Add a few drops of food coloring and about 1 tsp. of vinegar (to help spread the color) into the bag of rice.
  3. Smush and shake the bag until the rice is covered- add more color and vinegar as needed.
  4. Pour rice onto a paper plate until dry.
  5. If adding a “treasure tag” to guide your little one during their search, take a picture of the objects you’ll be adding to the bottle; print, punch a hole, and attach the tag using ribbon.
  6. Once the rice has dried, pour rice and objects into the bottle- let the search begin!

While your kiddo searches for treasure, they’ll practice skills like:

  • Visual discrimination
  • Labeling
  • Describing
  • Categorizing

*Insider Tips To Increase The Challenge:

  • Practice phonemic awareness with older preschoolers by asking them to locate items that start with a specific sound; e.g., “Can you find something that starts with the “ssss” sound?”
  • Target following multi-step directions by asking your child to find multiple items in sequence; e.g., “First find the rainbow, then find the chocolate.”

Perform activities recommended by Walk, Talk, Play at your own risk with appropriate adult supervision provided. Walk, Talk, Play is not responsible for any injury caused while performing these play activities. 

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