Saturday, January 26, 2013

I Spy...Polar Bear Style

Hi there!

As promised here are the instructions for the I Spy Bottle I used yesterday with my students. They LOVED it!! I will definitely be changing out the contents and using it again!

After seeing many posts with various versions of the I Spy Bottle I was inspired to make my own! I started by using a clear beverage container with a lid. 

I wanted to use the I Spy Bottle along with Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you Hear? So then I looked for animals to match the story's characters that were small enough to fit inside the bottle. Luckily my children have quite the animal collection. When I looked through their toys, these are what I found: a lion, zebra, hippopotamus, leopard, and zookeeper. (The penny is just to show the size :) 

Since I wasn't able to find ALL of the characters from the story I used Boardmaker to make the rest of them. (I now know I forgot the walrus...oops!) When I made the picture cards, I made two of each one. Then I cut them out and laminated them back to back so that the animal could be seen no matter which way it fell in the bottle. 

The next step is probably quite obvious, :) I put all of the animals and animal picture cards inside the bottle. Then I realized I had forgotten to "clean" the sticky residue from the bottle's labels off the sides of the bottle. I found that Goo Gone and a paper towel worked just great to get the stickiness off. I also used a spray or two of windex on the paper towel to wipe away any extra Goo Gone that may have been on the bottle. (it can be kind of greasy feeling)

The end result was a totally clear & sticky free bottle. Then I added the rice and the bottle was complete. 

I hope you find the activity useful! My students loved it!
Have you made an I Spy Bottle, or something similar? What did you put inside?

Thanks for stopping by & take care, 

1 comment:

  1. I've wanted to do something like that, but never got around to it (insert embarrassed face!).