Canada Day I Spy Game

Jun 20, 2016

Canada Day is right around the corner and this printable I spy game is a perfect little boredom buster to get the kids in the spirit of the holiday!

Whether you have a sensory-sensitive child like mine who would prefer to avoid the crowds during Canada Day festivities, or you need a quick activity to keep the kids awake before watching the fireworks, this Canada-themed I spy game will certainly entertain your kids this Canada Day.

A kid plays Canada Day I Spy

This Canada Day I spy printable is available in three levels, making it great for kids of all ages and skill levels. It includes a page for your child to record their answers, as well as an answer key to double check their work.

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I Spy Canada Day


Canada Day I Spy


I Spy Canada Day

There are lots of benefits to having your kids play I spy games: 

  • Literacy and comprehension: Pairing the written word alongside the image of an object helps develop reading and comprehension skills.
  • Math: Your child has to count up the number of objects they find in the I spy game. They can either write the number down on the answer sheet or keep track of the numbers of items found by using a tally marks system. Or if you use other materials, like I discuss below, then it's a great way to work on one-to-one correspondence.
  • Visual scanning: Your child has to scan and discriminate the objects in the I spy game in order to find the correct objects.
  • Vocabulary and language: This Canada Day I spy game introduces kids to Canadian symbols and vocabulary.
  • Handwriting: In addition to recording their answers on the answer sheet, your child can work on handwriting skills by circling the objects on the game sheet while they search and count or even cross the objects off as they find them.

You can also use I spy printables in other ways. For example, you can laminate them and reuse them over and over, making them great for road trips or busy bag ideas while out and about.

Or you can use counters, such as pom poms or glass stones, to cover the objects on the I spy game as you count. My kids love the traditional method of pencil and paper.

Four-year-old K loves to circle the items on the game sheet as he counts, whereas six-year-old J prefers to count in his head and then record the answer.

A kid writes on the Canada Day I Spy sheet.

Happy Canada Day!

Article Author Dyan Robson
Dyan Robson

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Married to her high school sweetheart, Dyan is mom to two boys, J and K, who also teaches piano out of her home. On her blog And Next Comes L, Dyan shares her story of raising a child with hyperlexia, hypernumeracy and autism, amongst a variety of sensory activities for kids. You can find out more about their story on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Google+.


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