Every parent is intimately familiar with the one thing that must be in her (or his!) purse at all times. AT ALL TIMES.
A boredom buster. Or two.
Maybe even a dozen.
For several years now I have been taking along my friend Carolyn's I Spy printables every time we go to a restaurant. EVERY TIME. No joke. They have been life-saving boredom busters. (And now I get to be an affiliate for her new I Spy pack!)
I have a little secret that you should not, under any circumstances, reveal to your kids.
I Spy printables are not fun. They are educational.
Okay, okay, they are also fun. I should probably stop being so cheesy.
But, seriously, here's are 5 reason
I Spys I Spies I Spy games are great for kids.
One: They help with fine motor skills. Kids will be able to practice pre-writing skills. Making deliberate curves (e.g. circling objects) is an important precursor to forming letters.
Two: Locating specific objects in groups of similar images helps develop visual perception, also important for writing and reading.
Three: Counting objects is a great pre-math skill.
Four: It teaches patience and persistence, as well as reinforcing the need to check one's work. These are all skills crucial to develop executive functioning skills and growth mindset.
Now, if you think all of that is just a lot of fancy-pants nonsense I will get straight to the point:
Five (and most important): It keeps kids busy.
Why you should have an I Spy ebook instead of a hard cover book:
You can print the page out again and again and again, which is great because as your kids age they won't necessarily get bored of doing the same puzzles. (I speak from experience.) Toddlers will approach the games differently than preschoolers and then again in a new way as a kindergartener. Plus with 60, the ebook will last a long, long time.
And think: SIBLINGS. When I printed out a few different puzzles my kids started arguing over who would get to do the football I Spy. To which I said, "Um, guys? Let me just print out another one. 'kay? 'kay." There might have been some teeth clenching on my part. I'm not telling.
Anywhooooo, now that you're absolutely convinced you need a book of 60 I Spy boredom busters -- which, by the way includes 3 different types of I Spy -- you can head over to Carolyn's site to learn more. And guess what. The entire ebook is $6.99, That means: for the price of one triple shot nonfat mocha latte you can drink 60 MORE lattes in peace. (Just don't drink them all at once, please.)
If you are still not convinced (you drive a hard bargain, don't you), watch this video for 26 different ways to play I Spy!
Click on the image below to keep your kids busy.