I-Spy books – the activity book relaunch
When I was a child I had an i-spy book of horses. I loved that little book, having been bought it at Banbury Museum just after moving to the area. I didn’t really manage to tick off many of the horses, but I loved it all the same. So when I heard that I-Spy books were being relaunched this summer, it made me smile. I jumped at the chance to take a look and try the modern versions out ourselves.
If you’ve never come across Michelin I-spy books before, they’re a lovely range of activity books based on the game i-spy. Each book is set around a theme, and the reader gets points if they tick off seeing objects in the book.
The new range from Collins includes The night sky, At the airport, At the seaside and so many more. Each one is a small book, perfect for children, and easy to carry around in a bag or large pocket on a day out. At £2.99 they’re cheap enough to be a pocket money purchase, and are great to entertain children on holiday.
N took his At the Seaside one with us camping. He loves a little notebook, and managed to spot quite a few of the items across the coastal places we visited. So he’s already got to over 400 points collected, and well on his way to the 1000 he needs to send off for his badge and certificate.
Hopefully the activity books while we’re out and about will encourage him to read and learn more about what he sees.
Once you collect enough points children can send off for a certificate and a Super I-Spy Spotter badge. The books have been around for 60 years and are a classic collectable now.
You can buy them at Amazon across the range of themes.
Have you ever had these books for yourself or your children?
We look out for a variety of vehicles in my sons favourite colour: red!
we usually all pick a colour of car and when we see one we have to say it, first to 10 or 20 wins
The kids play Top Trumps, I-spy, read a magazine etc.
we play I-Spy
we play how many red cars can you see x
Games like I spy
We play i-spy and listen to our favourite cds.
I spy and count certain colour cars
Ipad, books and colouring all the way.
i travel through the night on long journeys so she sleeps haha
Lots of fun games such as eye spy and word games as well as the trusty nintendo 3ds
we love playing i spy 🙂
sing songs and sit in the back with her and read books
For my little boy at the moment we have the Usbournes book for 100 things for small children to do on a long journey, it’s great it has wipe clean cards so can be used again and again
we play a game where we make the noise of things we spot, Lorry, Tractor and animals
Playing I Spy but without the books – I have been looking for them for ages and cant find any anywhere !
With their tablets
With books, singing and I Spy.
Car snooker is a favourite.
I make sure all our phones / ipads are fully charged so they can play games / watch shows & films.
Playing I spy and the yes or no game
MY little girl loves eye spy. It’s one of the few games she will play for more than 5 minutes. I think there is sometimes a bit of cheating going on, though!
I spy and Nintendo ds
Car bingo/first to spot
The naming game – you have to think of a subject e.g. chocolate bars and take it in turns to name one with no repeats 🙂
I spy, letters or colours. looking for post boxes and singing
We love to sing along to CD’s in the car
I entertain them with my awful singing
Usually watch a film or listen to music on tablet.
My grandchildren never tire of testing me on my spellings and times tables 🙂
Usually reminiscing, my kids just love listening to stories about what mischief they got up to or past family pets. A few songs are always good, spotting cars and even the dreaded i-spy. 🙂
my grandson loves his ipod on long journeys, we also have books and pens
I spy, sing, read and play computer games xxx
we have a sing along and play eye spy
I spy usually and karaoke!
Car karaoke, my girls love to sing
Spotting games and limited Nintendo DS time
famous five audiobooks
ask them to look for a 3 legged donkey keeps them occupied for hours lol
With the in car dvd player and the occasional sweet
we play ispy bingo
We play spot the lorry
With travel games
We have dvd players in the back for my kids. My daughter gets really badly travel sickness, but we’ve started playing I spy a lot (and my daughter is getting quite good!)
Alphabet games, animals, countries etc
Rear seat Dvd player
we play find the willi betz lorries lol
Buy some annuals/comics and they have ipads
We sing lots and play spot the blue cars
car music, books.toys,food 🙂
Singing songs, playing games and also mini DVD player
I spy and car bingo 🙂
They usually entertain me with the funny things they come out with.
Make up stories or i-spy
I-spy and computer games
Car Bingo , Ipad and comics normally keeps them amused ( well, at least for half and hour ! )
A fully charged iPad and some favourite tv shows works wonders on long car rides
we play i-spy and who can spot a ferrari first
Singing, colouring and playing car bingo.
The yellow car game!
They make a playlist
We sing songs – lots my Mum used to sing with us x
We have just recently had a dvd player installed in the car.
We let them have books, colouring books and pencils and their ipads so they dont get bored. We also make sure we have snacks onboard
Books, snacks, travel aqua doodle and the tablet for a movie! x
We play eye spy and we pick a colour each and the first one to spot ten cars of that colour is the winner!
Download some films to ipad.
I entertain my children on car journeys with audio books! They love listening to the gruffalo 🙂
By singing songs and bribing little one with food!
We usually play who can spot the yellow car first (my stepdaughter made this up) and Eye Spy. Listening to their favourite songs. To be honest, no matter what we do to entertain them, we still hear “are we there yet?, are we there yet?” every 5 minutes if they are excited haha 🙂
Lots and lots of singing!
Lots of games but usually I just tire them out so much before the journey they sleep most of the way haha.
I entertain my little cousin by singing songs and listening to audio books!
Sing songs and I spy!
Usually sticker books or fun kids radio
With a portable DVD player
Generally, listening to music and singing along keeps them entertained!
My little girl is like me we love car journeys, we play i spy and look for animals
i spy! so this would be perfect for us!
We currently play I Spy or yellow car game
Portable DVD player and lots of dvds as he changes his mind all the time
I spy games & Books
We listen to audio books & stop for geocaches!
We listen to music and see how many Eddie Stobart lorries we can spot.
I spy, activity books and story tapes.
we play the pub legs game !! one has animals and one has birds and one has people then at the end of the journey whoever has the most legs is the winner!
listening to music, playing games
Books,comics and playing travel games entertain my son on car journeys.
A packed lunch, and I make my own activity kits with things like colouring book and pencils and small toys and not forgetting songs!
sing, play i spy!!!! spot the yellow car!
Colouring books, sweets (so unfashionable, I know) and songs and games involving making names up for the cars around us x
We sing and shout and also do I spy
We play i spy or the alphabet game
Regular stops at parks and wooded areas for them to climb and play. Screens just make them feel sick and so do activity books so we just talk a lot.
Some card games or word search
He’s actually really good on long journeys, but if he needs extra entertainment we talk about all the different things we can see.
Activity books, singing etc.
car bingo is always fun & food works great too 🙂
Lots of activity books and games x
We sing in the car
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