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Rainbow I Spy Bottles

Rainbow I Spy Bottles are a fun summer sensory and craft activity for kids of all ages. We made them as part of our Rainbow of Summer Fun for Kids activities. It’s a different way to explore colors.

Using the rainbow rice from the sensory bin, we made Rainbow I Spy Bottles. Simple & fun to make!


  • Rainbow Rice (or colored as desired)
  • small objects of rainbow colors
  • hot glue
  • tags
  • funnel
  • yarn


  1. Fill part way with rice.
  2. Add rainbow items.
  3. Add more rice if necessary.
  4. Hot glue cap on.
  5. Make tag/attach.

Making the I spy bottles requires several steps. Older ones can be given the materials and likely assemble it on their own, whereas younger ones may need step by step instructions. As you can see, children will also be working on eye-hand coordination, fine motor skills and developing their attention span.

Rainbow I Spy BottlesRainbow I Spy Bottles sensory bottle
This is what we used for the items – just things I already had in my craft supplies. The toothpick is the hardest to find!
Rainbow I Spy Bottles items to search for

Using the photo, I created a tag to remind the children what to search for. As you can see, we used various shaped items too.
Rainbow I Spy Bottles labelsRainbow I Spy Bottles
Each child got to take one home and there’s one to keep in our sensory area at child care.

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Tuesday 25th of August 2015

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LeeanneA / KMullally

Sunday 10th of July 2011

I make these all the time and the beanbag style as well - but I just love the colours you put in yours!! Very pretty!

Teacher F15e

Saturday 9th of July 2011

I visited your post earlier from someones printerest about your rainbow game with m and ms and I love your ideas. As I searched the net for ideas for my upcoming school year. I found this site that you might like because it ties into your rainbow theme.

Thank you for sharing your awesome ideas.



Friday 8th of July 2011

LOVE a good rainbow!!!

Very well documented. This is my first visit here and I look forward to getting acquainted.

Kelli- AdventurezInChild'Rearing

Thursday 7th of July 2011

great project! good for summer travel too!