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This free printable Halloween I Spy Game is perfect for entertaining kids during the Halloween season, so basically all of October! They are completely free to download and print as many times as you’d like.
Today I wanted to share this free Halloween I Spy printable that I created. I had always loved playing I Spy games when I was younger and now that I’m a mom, I’m constantly trying to think of fun ways to keep kids entertained.
It can be really difficult to keep the kiddos from getting bored. It seems as if they’re having a blast playing a certain game one minute and then two minutes later it’s old news and they’re on the the next. That’s why I think it is a great idea to have a ton of free and easy games on hand. Especially for those rainy or snowy days when going outside just isn’t an option.
Whether you’re planning a Halloween party, need a spooky classroom activity or are just looking for a fun game to play before trick or treating, this I Spy game is just what you’re looking for.
And yes, I know I created this game way before Halloween, but hey, you can never start getting in the Halloween spirit too early right?
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What you need to play:
- Free printable game (scroll down for the download link)
- Printer paper or white cardstock
- Pens or pencils (these Halloween themed pencils are super cute!)
- And here are a few optional supplies that are totally not necessary, but might be fun to incorporate! Dry erase pouches, dry erase markers, markers, crayons, and prizes.
First things first, am I the only one who never seems to have any ink in the printer? I feel like every time I go to print something, it’s telling me the ink is low.
I happen to have purchased a house a few doors down from my parents. When my printer ink is low (which is basically all the time), I’ll sometimes take advance of living so close and walk down to their house to use theirs. And let me tell you this.. I don’t think I’ve ever seen their printer not also flashing the “low ink” warning.
And for that reason, I kept this printable in black and white so that even if you’re low on ink, you’ll still get a great looking print!
This game is sized to print on a standard 8.5×11 inch page. Feel free to download and use as many as you’d like! However, please do not edit or redistribute the file.
How do you play Halloween I Spy?
Count how many of each item you see in the image and then write down the correct number in the space before each image.
As you can see above I said “write down the correct number in the space before each image. I just wanted to share a funny story that my younger brother is still proud of to this day.
When he was very young in elementary school he was taking a test and the instructions read “circle the letter before each correct answer.” Meaning, if the answer was (b), you should circle b. However, my brother was confused with the wording and so if the correct answer was (b) he would circle (a)… because that is the letter that comes before the right answer!
When he came home with an F on that test, it took my mom quite a while to figure out why he got them all wrong. He then explained “Mom, I circled the letter that comes before the right answer!”
And so she went back and checked his work and sure enough, he would have gotten all the answers right had he not misunderstood what “before the right answer” meant. He still brings that story up all the time and brags about how smart that was!
Anyway! Kids and adults alike will have a blast trying to find all of the spooky Halloween themed items in this I Spy game. Spiders, ghosts, pumpkins, bats and more!
Heres a tip: If you’re playing with younger children, you can have them draw an X over each picture as they count them. They can even use a different colored crayon or marker to make it easier.
And if you’re a teacher, this would definitely be the perfect fun activity for your classroom Halloween party or really anytime during October.
So you don’t have to complete the game yourself, I’ve also included an answer key. View the answer key here.
Make your Halloween I Spy Game reusable:
Want to keep this game stored away for next year? Maybe you’d like to reuse it as a yearly classroom activity. All you need to do is laminate the page or put it in one of these nifty dry erase pockets and use a dry erase marker.
This is a great way to not only keep your festive games in great shape, but save a few trees in re printing every year.
Just make sure no one is caught erasing their answers and trying to cheat!
How to make printable games more competitive:
A super simple way to make printable games more exciting for older kids and also add in a healthy dose of competition would be to set a timer. See how fast everyone can find all the Halloween themed items and write down the correct answer.
Afterwards, you can give the winner a small prize, or maybe just the opportunity to not have to help with the dishes that night! This would also be a great activity for a playdate as well. The more involved the funner it is!
Not only are I Spy games a fun way to get into the holiday spirit, they are also great for working on counting skills. Learning while having fun, what could be better?!