What’s your little one’s favorite dinosaur? If they love looking through all the different kinds, they’re going to love this Dinosaurs I Spy! It’s created just for your little dinosaur fan. They’ll love playing it over and over again while they learn.
The I spy games are a huge hit around our house ever since I first introduced them. We’ve played so many now that they just love when a new one gets added into the mix! They have a blast playing together and I love knowing all the math, literacy, and visual sensory skills they’re learning and practicing.
If you’re looking for a great activity that your little one will love, this Dinosaurs I Spy is the one.
What Does Your Child Learn with I Spy Games?
A young child is a sponge when it comes to their learning. They’ll listen, observe, and then do after they’ve soaked up all they can through their own environment. Children learn best when you bring in things they already enjoy and watch them soak it all up through all their senses. It’s truly incredible to watch a small child learn through play!
Literacy Benefits of I-Spy:
Complex Vocab and Syntax
- Beginning concepts of more/less, most/least, equal, etc.
- Size Words
- Child led questions and discussion
- Identifying photos as correlating to written words.
- Collecting objects from an illustrated list.
- Invented phonetic spelling
- Beginning Word Sounds
- Drawing and use of a circle (or | if using tally marks)
Mathematical Benefits of I-Spy:
Reasoning and Number Sense:
- Sorting and Classifying Objects
- Shapes and Sizes
- Quantifying Objects (more/less)
- Comparing Written Numerals
Visual Benefits of I-Spy:
- Visual Discrimination (ability to attend to detail)
- Visual Tracking (eye movement and coordination)
How to Play Dinosaur I Spy
Items you may need:
The first thing I recommend, is making sure you laminate the pages. This will allow you to use your favorite dry erase markers to play and when you’re done, you just wipe it off and start again! No need to throw it away and re-print it. It makes it so easy to continuously play these games and watch the kids go wild!
In our house, we like to warm up by reading our favorite book that is related to the theme of the I spy game we are about to play. They’ll read together, point out the pictures, and talk about the story while I run around collecting everything we need for the game. If I can, I’ll ask them different questions to get their wheels turning so they don’t get antsy waiting for me if they finish the book first.
Next, we get to playing! I’ll have them point out the different pictures and spot what’s alike and different between them. We do this for a few minutes before moving onto the next part. Some of them will start circling and writing numbers and categorizing. Others, will go down the list on the counting sheet and tally up each picture after counting how many there are. It’s so much fun to watch their little minds learn with this simple and fun activity!
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