“I spy with my little eye…”

Those words have been uttered countless times on road trips and in waiting rooms all over this land. Here’s a fun twist to that favorite boredom busting game your family may enjoy – an I Spy bottle! This is what you’ll need to get started.

I Spy Bottle Supplies


  • Empty plastic bottle, cleaned and dried
  • Rice (You could also use salt or sand.)
  • Funnel
  • Glue (I recommend a glue gun.)
  • 8-12 assorted small items (Our items included a marble, paper clip, safety pin, Barbie shoe, a broken green crayon, a bead, a jack, a ring, a rubber band, a sea shell, a penny and a button.)


  1. Use the funnel to fill the bottle 3/4 of the way full with rice.
  2. I Spy Bottle 1

  3. (Optional) Make a list of the items you’ve collected to add to the bottle. You can even photograph them! If you really want to get creative, come up with a rhyme. For example, “There’s a button, a bow and a penny, too. Can you name the item colored blue?”
  4. Add the small items you collected to the bottle.
  5. I Spy Bottle 2

  6. Glue the lid on. Since the bottle is filled with small items that could pose a choking hazard for young children, please do not skip this step. I recommend bringing out the big guns (i.e. a glue gun).
  7. I Spy Bottle 3

  8. Shake the bottle to hide the items.
  9. I Spy Bottle 4

  10. Start hunting!
  11. I Spy Bottle 5

Originally written for and posted on the now-defunct My OH! Momma website.