This One’s for the Kiddies ~ Can You Spy With Your Little Eye…

This One’s for the Kiddies ~ Can You Spy With Your Little Eye…

I am so, So, SO happy to say that I have spent the last two days unpacking boxes upon boxes of creative bliss. Yep, that’s right, it’s been a year and two months since our move and I am now just getting around to setting up my workspace. I am beyond ecstatic to say the least and can’t wait to share the space with you all. Opening the boxes is like Christmas all over again, rediscovering all the lovelies that were special enough to get packed away and make the move with us. Since I am trying to take as much advantage as possible of ‘B’ being off and watching over CJ, I don’t have any new projects; however I found this little guy in a box and thought I would share….

Ever play ‘I spy with my little eye’? ~ Well here is a bottled version sure to keep the kiddies occupied for a bit. We added these as extras in the goodie bags for my sons second birthday. As reported back from the Mommies, they were a hit! {Think long car ride} I don’t have a picture tutorial for this one since we made these over a year ago but they are a cinch to put together.

Start by collecting empty water bottles {wash and dry completely}

While your bottles are drying take uncooked rice and mix with a few drops of food coloring. Stir until the rice is evenly coated. You want this to completely dry as well. Spread out on a baking sheet and air dry overnight.

Next you want to collect you little treasures. Here is the list of twenty objects we put together, though you can easily gather things from around your own home as long as they will fit through the bottle opening. Our list included:

1. Rubber Band
2. Orange Ribbon (or any color ribbon scrap you may have laying around)
3. Stick (we used a piece of thin tree branch)
4. Drinking Straw (cut off a small piece of a regular drinking straw)
5. Crayon
6. Balloon
7. Clothespin
8. Rock
9. Penny
10. Red Circle (simply punched out cardstock)
11. Paperclip
12. Leaf (used a small leaf from an artificial plant)
13. Toothpick
14. Wooden Apple (or any tiny left over piece from a previous craft project)
15. Blue Gumball
16. Yellow Gumball
17. Button
18. Silver Dog Paw (extra charms we had)
19. Rhinestone
20. Silver Heart Charm (another left over charm)

Funnel the tinted rice into the bottle ~ add all your trinkets ~ HOT GLUE the lid on. This will assure your little one won’t surprise open the bottle on you! I tried my hardest to get the lid off this bottle to give you some additional pictures but it would not budge. at all. So make sure you glue the lid on.

Print out your ‘Spy List’ and attach it to the bottle for easy reference.

I admit, I like trying to find the treasures too ~ Enjoy!


  1. A very creative idea, indeed, and lots of fun! Glad you found this…


    Sheila 🙂

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  3. What a cute idea!

  4. That is a great idea. It would be perfect if you did a pirate theme birthday and had the kids go on a scavenger hunt and then sent those home as part of the gift.
    Thanks for sharing–I love it.

    Have fun unpacking

  5. What a great idea, and should definitely keep the children occupied for hours. Hugs, Marty

  6. That is brilliant!
    My little guy loves I Spy.
    I’m going to have to make these for him.
    Thank you for sharing!

  7. Yeah, i have been looking at these in the high end toy catalogs but not willing to buy them because I would have to have two. Now I am so glade I didn’t spend money on them.

  8. cute idea!
    thanks for sharing

    did you get signed up for the giveaway??

    blessings and good luck

    barbara jean

  9. What a fabulous idea! I made some of these the few years back, but it was the fleece kind with the window and it took f o r e v e r!! This is way more do-able! Can’t wait to make a few for my kiddos! I am filing this at

    Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

  10. Oh my, is this ever clever! A total must for small kiddos on car rides!

    LOVE it!

    Thanks for linking up to SNS!

    FJ Donna

  11. How cute!! Thank you so much for sharing!

  12. Congrats on getting your space organized. Thanks for this idea, I have a birthday party to plan for the end of the month, now I know what I am going to do for favors!

  13. I love this idea! I just found your blog through a party planning site. I’m planning my son’s 3rd birthday party and I would love to use this. If not for the party, definitely at least for him, because he would love it!!!

    Thanks for sharing!!!

  14. Such a great idea! So glad I found your blog. Very inspirational and creative.


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