Do your kids love the I Spy books by Jean Marzollo and Walter Wick? Want to show them how they can make their own?
Also, it’s helpful to read I Spy books before you start making your own book so you have examples that will get creative juices flowing.
The Best Books (To Use As Examples) with Photographs
I Spy Numbers by Jean Marzollo
Help your preschooler identify numbers with this exciting search and find book all about counting and numbers. We highly recommend it.
Around the World A Can You Find It Book by Sarah L. Schuette
Similar to other books, search in the photographs to find the hidden objects.
I Spy School Days by Jean Marzollo, photos by Walter Wick
Read the rhyming poem then look at the accompanying full-color photo filled with objects to find the items listed.
I Spy Animals by Jean Marzollo, photos by Walter Wick
Riddles and photographs help young readers search 13 interactive spreads to find animals.
Make Your Own I Spy Book
To make your own I Spy books, you’ll need these materials:
- camera or camera on a phone
- items from your house that relate to a theme (colors, numbers, animals, foods, etc.)
- a computer
We choose to make I Spy pages with the theme of colors.
Get the objects around your theme.
Then, arrange the objects close together on a solid background. (We used a blanket.)
In the I Spy books by Jean Marzollo, the photographer, Walter Wick, uses light and shadows when he arranges the photos. If you want to try to add shadows, add a lamp to one side of your items.
Close-up shots are best. Help your kids see this by asking them to take several photos.
Next, you’ll want to download your photos onto your computer!
Now, you can make your book.
Insert the photos into a Word or Pages document.
Underneath the photo, write a list of what readers need to find.
Advanced: Take a screenshot of your Word document. Add arrows from the words to the answers to make an answer key.
Finally, put all the pages into plastic covers and a three-ring binder.
Read and solve your own I Spy book!
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