Brain Breaks are short activities, often only 1-3 minutes long, that help kids get ready to learn or refocus on the task at hand. They often involve physical activity and movement though relaxing activities can also boost mental brain power.  

So, in addition to encouraging your kids to participate in these fun breaks, join the kiddos and have some refreshing, stress-free fun yourself, too! This week’s Brain Break is the game, I Spy.

Supplies needed:

Your body 

Here’s what you do:

Take a walk with your family and start playing.

Pick a spy. The spy will choose an object within sight and announce to the other players that “I spy with my little eye, something with the letter / color…,” naming the first letter of the object or the color of the object.

Other players attempt to guess this object. If a player is having trouble guessing the object, you can give hints.

The player who answers correctly can be the spy next. 

Challenge Extensions: Scavenger Hunt 

You can change the game to a scavenger hunt. Family members can place items all over the house. Then, give a list or clues to the players and see if they can find everything.  

Games are always fun. Technically, you’re still using your brain but you don’t realize it because you’re having so much fun! You can also play I Spy anywhere – in a store, in the car or wherever you are to make things more exciting.  

Fun Outdoor Scavenger Hunts for Kids
There are many Scavenger Hunt game ideas online like these from Funtastic Fun and Learning

Book recommendations

I Spy Under the Sea by Edward Gibbs 

I Spy Shapes in Art by Lucy Micklelthwait 

Where’s Waldo Series by Martin Handford 

501 TV-Free Party Games for Kids