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.

i-spy books

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.

i-spy books inside

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?


  1. Joanna Kasznicki

    we usually all pick a colour of car and when we see one we have to say it, first to 10 or 20 wins

  2. Michelle Cheeseman

    The kids play Top Trumps, I-spy, read a magazine etc.

  3. laura stewart

    we play how many red cars can you see x

  4. Philip Underwood

    We play i-spy and listen to our favourite cds.

  5. Kulwinder Lombardelli

    Ipad, books and colouring all the way.

  6. nicola james

    i travel through the night on long journeys so she sleeps haha

  7. David Crabb

    Lots of fun games such as eye spy and word games as well as the trusty nintendo 3ds

  8. holly walker

    sing songs and sit in the back with her and read books

  9. Katrina downie

    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

  10. Dale Dow

    we play a game where we make the noise of things we spot, Lorry, Tractor and animals

  11. Playing I Spy but without the books – I have been looking for them for ages and cant find any anywhere !

  12. Adrian Bold

    I make sure all our phones / ipads are fully charged so they can play games / watch shows & films.

  13. Samantha Parkes

    Playing I spy and the yes or no game

  14. Hayley West

    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!

  15. Lisa Pond

    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 🙂

  16. Beryl Johnson

    I spy, letters or colours. looking for post boxes and singing

  17. Karen Barrett

    We love to sing along to CD’s in the car


    Usually watch a film or listen to music on tablet.

  19. Patricia Avery

    My grandchildren never tire of testing me on my spellings and times tables 🙂

  20. Vicky Loveday

    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. 🙂

  21. lorraine polley

    my grandson loves his ipod on long journeys, we also have books and pens

  22. Laura Harrison

    I spy, sing, read and play computer games xxx

  23. Rebecca Mercer

    we have a sing along and play eye spy

  24. Spencer Broadley

    Spotting games and limited Nintendo DS time

  25. michelle speight

    ask them to look for a 3 legged donkey keeps them occupied for hours lol

  26. Rachel McMillan

    With the in car dvd player and the occasional sweet

  27. Vickie Jackson

    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!)

  28. michelle o'neill

    we play find the willi betz lorries lol


    Buy some annuals/comics and they have ipads

  30. Bethany Perks

    We sing lots and play spot the blue cars

  31. Amy Warwick

    Singing songs, playing games and also mini DVD player

  32. Kerry Locke

    Car Bingo , Ipad and comics normally keeps them amused ( well, at least for half and hour ! )

  33. Clare Hubbard

    A fully charged iPad and some favourite tv shows works wonders on long car rides

  34. jules Eley

    we play i-spy and who can spot a ferrari first

  35. Rachel Butterworth

    Singing, colouring and playing car bingo.

  36. We sing songs – lots my Mum used to sing with us x

  37. We have just recently had a dvd player installed in the car.

  38. TEE simpson

    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

  39. Lynn Heath

    We play eye spy and we pick a colour each and the first one to spot ten cars of that colour is the winner!

  40. Qudsia Hameed

    I entertain my children on car journeys with audio books! They love listening to the gruffalo 🙂

  41. By singing songs and bribing little one with food!

  42. Carly Belsey

    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 🙂

  43. Corinne Peat

    Lots of games but usually I just tire them out so much before the journey they sleep most of the way haha.

  44. Hannah Ingham

    I entertain my little cousin by singing songs and listening to audio books!

  45. Michaela Hannah

    Usually sticker books or fun kids radio

  46. Matt Baker

    Generally, listening to music and singing along keeps them entertained!

  47. natalie moore

    My little girl is like me we love car journeys, we play i spy and look for animals

  48. janine atkin

    i spy! so this would be perfect for us!

  49. Kirsty Hosty

    We currently play I Spy or yellow car game

  50. Katie Sharman

    Portable DVD player and lots of dvds as he changes his mind all the time

  51. Laura Pritchard

    We listen to audio books & stop for geocaches!

  52. Lisa Deller

    We listen to music and see how many Eddie Stobart lorries we can spot.

  53. Andrea Fletcher

    I spy, activity books and story tapes.

  54. Kim Styles

    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!

  55. jo liddement

    Books,comics and playing travel games entertain my son on car journeys.

  56. Becky Yeomans

    A packed lunch, and I make my own activity kits with things like colouring book and pencils and small toys and not forgetting songs!

  57. Henry Little

    sing, play i spy!!!! spot the yellow car!

  58. Ruth Harwood

    Colouring books, sweets (so unfashionable, I know) and songs and games involving making names up for the cars around us x

  59. 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.

  60. Joanne Hutchings

    He’s actually really good on long journeys, but if he needs extra entertainment we talk about all the different things we can see.

  61. emma walters

    car bingo is always fun & food works great too 🙂

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