I Spy Numbers

What You Need:

  • 12 pieces of white paper (you might need more if you're playing with a group)
  • Crayons or markers
  • Tape

What You Do:

  1. Have your child divide up the paper so you both have an equal number of sheets.
  2. Tell your child that you are going to create your own I Spy game! To get started you'll need to draw a picture on each piece of paper that has one or two numbers larger than 10 in the picture. Brainstorm about ways to include numbers in the pictures, such as speed limit signs, prices and mileage signs.
  3. When you have both finished your pictures, hang the pictures on a wall or door. Be sure to test a small area to make sure that the tape does not damage the paint on the wall.
  4. Have your child look at the pictures and make up an “I Spy” type riddle for you to solve using the pictures. For example “I Spy with my little eye, a number that is greater than 25 but less than 76” or “I Spy a number with a 7 in the tens place."
  5. After you have solved the riddle, make a riddle for your child to solve. Continue playing the game until you have found most of the numbers in the pictures.
  6. Because this activity is different each time you play it, it's fun to play over and over again. Be sure to store the pictures in a safe place so you can use them for another round of this game.

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