Monday, April 11, 2016

Earth Day Themed I Spy Game {Free Printable for Kids}

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This free Earth Day themed I spy printable for kids is a perfect way to work on a variety of skills!

Get the kids excited about recycling and taking care of the Earth by exposing them to common recycling symbols and tasks with this free printable Earth Day I Spy game for kids. Now, I know printing off a printable like this one isn't exactly the best way to promote reducing waste, saving trees, etc. So I have included a list of tips on how to play this game in an Earth friendly way by reducing waste, recycling, and reusing. You can find these tips below.

Free printable Earth Day themed I Spy game for kids from And Next Comes L

Now since this I Spy game is for Earth Day, let's talk about ways to make it Earth Day friendly! You could:

  • View the I Spy game on a computer or tablet instead of printing on paper
  • Print it double sided, using only one piece of paper instead of two
  • Print it on some paper from the recycling bin
  • Print and laminate so that it can be reused over and over instead of printing off a new one for every child or every Earth Day

The Benefits of I Spy Games for Kids

I Spy printables like this Earth Day themed one are great for providing visual sensory input to kids, making them a great choice for visual sensory seekers. They also help develop a child's visual tracking ability and improve visual discrimination. This printable requires kids to visually scan through the objects and find ones that are the same.

Playing I Spy with your kids is also a great way to improve speech, language, vocabulary, and comprehension skills. I've discussed how playing I Spy games with kids can improve comprehension in kids with autism and hyperlexia before.

These types of I Spy games also encourage math learning by asking kids to count how many of each object they find.

Download the Free Printable Earth Day Themed I Spy Game

This printable includes one I Spy game sheet and one answer sheet to record the number of objects found. The answer sheet uses the written word as well as an image of the object to search for to help improve comprehension - something kids with hyperlexia struggle with.

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