I Spy

Books to Share

  • Baby Einstein’s See and Spy Shapes by Julie Aigner-Clark.
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? by Eric Carle.
  • I Spy Little Book by Jean Marzollo.
  • I Spy On The Farm by Richard Powell.

Books to Show and Booktalk

  • Hide and Snake by Keith Baker.
  • Look Book by Tana Hoban.
  • Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young.

Bulletin Board

Spy a Book!

Place book jackets of classic picture books on a bulletin board. Cover the bulletin board with construction paper and cut circles from construction paper to frame the book jackets.


  • “Grandma’s Spectacles” from Ring A Ring O’Roses.
  • “Here Are My Eyes” from Ring A Ring O’Roses.


I See the Moon


I see the moon

And the moon sees me.

The moon sees somebody

I’d like to see.

God bless the moon

And God bless me,

And God bless the somebody

I’d like to see.

Puppet Story

Hibernating Bear

(Tell this story with a bear puppet and a paper bag stage. To create a paper bag stage, cut a hole in the side of a plain brown paper grocery bag. Place it on your lap and use the hole as the front of the stage. A bear or “osito” nametag that would make a great stick puppet is included in the Bilingual programs chapter.)

Here is a cave, (Point to paper bag stage)

Inside is a bear.

Watch and you’ll see him come outside, (Bring bear up)

To get some fresh air.

He stays out all summer in the sunshine and heat,

Looking for berries and good things to eat.

But when snow starts to fall he hurries inside (Bear goes in cave)

Safe and warm in his cave he will hide.

Flannel Board Story

“Here is a Nest” in The Flannel Board Storytelling Book, 2nd Edition by Judy Sierra.


I Spy Binoculars


  • Empty toilet paper rolls
  • Masking Tape
  • Optional: Markers or crayons


Let an adult help the toddlers wrap masking tape around two toilet paper rolls placed side by side to create binoculars. Children can decorate them with markers or crayons.

Adult/Child Craft Activity

I Spy Bottle


  • Empty pint plastic milk bottles with lids
  • Rice
  • Trinkets
  • Electrician’s tape or hot glue


This activity can be prepared ahead of time or created as a parent/child craft. Place about five or more trinkets in each bottle. Use a funnel to add rice to almost fill the bottle. Children can choose the trinkets and the pour rice with supervision. If toddlers are present, seal the lid of bottle with glue or tape it securely. The children shake the bottle to expose the various trinkets.

Adult/Child Game

I Spy with My Hands

Gather items familiar to toddlers. Place one item at a time in a brown grocery bag. Let each child reach in bag, feel it, and guess what it is. Prompt with questions such as: Is it soft, smooth, or rough? Is it hard or soft? What do you think it is? Should we take a look?

Web Site

Kids Fun Online – I Spy



I Spy Junior: Puppet Playhouse.

Professional Resource

The Flannel Board Storytelling Book, 2nd Edition by Judy Sierra.


Texas Reading Club 2003 Programming Manual / Mission Possible Spy Book!

Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011