You have your coffee, and you would love a few minutes to drink it hot too. There are quite a few ways to keep the kids busy, but you want something quick and simple and not too messy. Print off our FREE I Spy Christmas worksheets. There are 2 skill levels to keep everyone busy!~


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Benefits of I Spy Printables

I Spy activities are popular and effective for engaging young children in playful and educational experiences. There are several benefits to using I Spy activities with young kids:

  1. Cognitive Development:
    • Visual Discrimination: I Spy games help children develop their ability to differentiate and identify objects based on visual cues, enhancing their visual discrimination skills.
    • Attention to Detail: These activities encourage kids to pay attention to the details of objects, fostering their observational skills and concentration.
  2. Problem-Solving Skills:
    • Critical Thinking: I Spy activities require children to think critically as they analyze the visual clues and solve the “mystery” of finding hidden objects.
    • Logical Reasoning: Kids develop logical reasoning skills as they eliminate possibilities and deduce where the hidden objects might be.
  3. Patience and Perseverance:
    • I Spy activities teach children patience and the value of persistence as they search for hidden objects, especially when objects are well-concealed.
  4. Fine Motor Skills:
    • Manipulating Objects: Some I Spy games involve physically manipulating objects, which can enhance fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
  5. Educational Reinforcement:
    • Playing I Spy with children can be a fun and bonding experience for parents or caregivers, creating opportunities for quality time together.
  6. Travel and Waiting Time:
    • I Spy games are portable and can be used to keep children engaged and entertained during car rides, doctor’s appointments, or other situations where they need to wait.
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I Spy Activity Tips

A helpful hint for my son was to circle each group of items with one color marker or pencil. This helps him patiently search without remembering a count in his head.

You can also have your kids go through and put an X through the circle as they count it. There’s also a sheet to write in the numbers.

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If you have more than one kid, you could consider laminating the pages and saving them from year to year with your other Christmas supplies! Our I Spy Christmas Tree counting activity is also perfect for printing out for holiday parties, holiday math lessons, or quiet time!

More Fun Christmas Printables

Also check out our Christmas Math Activities

How about using our Christmas I Spy as part of your 25-Day Countdown to Christmas? Quick and simple to print off and something for the kids to do during the day! Remember that cup of coffee you wanted to sit down and enjoy?

Free Printable Christmas I Spy Sheets

Download your free Christmas printable here.


More Fun Christmas Games

  • Christmas I-Spy (Smart Device Option): All you need is a smartphone or tablet and your own decorations or the decorations at a party.
  • Candy Cane Scavenger Hunt: This is so simple and fun for the kids, and we held one this weekend (indoors as it was rainy). We made it a cooperative effort, no candy cane left behind. I even had a special surprise once all were found, that I hid for them to find!
  • Gingerbread Man I-Spy and other fun scented ideas
  • Race to build a 100 Cup Christmas Tree Tower Challenge/Game
  • Candy Cane Tic Tac Toe: Use four candy canes to create a grid, and red and green M&Ms or pompoms as playing pieces!
  • DIY Christmas Puzzles: Turn old or extra Christmas cards into puzzles by cutting them into pieces. Make each puzzle as challenging or easy as you need!
  • Christmas Bingo! Enjoy a fun game of bingo this holiday season.

More Christmas Activities for Kids

Printable Christmas Activity Fun Pack

Create a 25-day countdown to Christmas with fun and games and this easy printable Christmas fun pack.

  • Low to No Prep Christmas activities include games, secret codes, paper crafts, and more!
  • Games include a 10-card bingo game, DIY board game, I Spy, word find, sodoku, and more!
  • Projects include making a peppermint spinner, exploring gingerbread house tessellations, playing with homemade thaumatropes, creating 3D Christmas cards, and so much more!
  • Bonus! Includes the 12 days of Christmas Color by Code!

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