I Spy Items – Food

The food set for the I – Spy bags was one of the most fun to actually make out of clay. My poor husband was having a difficult time wrapping his brain around it, though. The scale, or lack there-of, was really throwing him off. For instance, he kept pointing out that blueberries are not the same size as pumpkins. Sometimes he is a bit literal in his interpretations of things.

Food I- Spy Items include:

  • hot dog on bun (with ketchup and mustard)
  • corn in husk
  • chocolate chip cookie
  • oraneg
  • strawberry ice cream cone
  • blueberry
  • pork chop or steak (depending on whom you ask)
  • pumpkin
  • green bean
  • fried egg
  • pizza, complete with sauce, cheese, and toppings
  • pear
  • M & M
  • hamburger with ketchup, mustard, and pickle
  • apple
  • head of lettuce
  • carrot
  • pancake with maple syrup and slab of butter
  • banana
  • black tie mousse cake

I Spy Items – Harry Potter

The Harry Potter set of I spy items was actually my first set to make out of clay. The actual items varied a bit from my original list, which was altared as my family stood around, calling out items they wanted to see.

This set includes:

  • cauldron with oozing an oozing green potion
  • magic wand
  • snitch
  • Tom Riddle’s diary
  • rememberall
  • radish (much to my husband’s disdain)
  • broom
  • quill
  • spider
  • frog
  • pumpkin
  • dragon egg
  • time turner
  • Crookshanks
  • snake
  • Scabbers
  • sorting hat
  • Errol the Owl
  • gold galleon
  • Dobby’s/Harry’s sock


Fairies, dragons, magic, and more. Childhood is a fascinating time, filled magic around every corner. Check out what Families Create! participants created in April:

Aunalise at My Sweet Potatoes shares with us the photographic tourshe went on with her children though the enchanted gardens in Photographic Tour Though the Enchanted Gardens and how her family made their very own Fairy Gardens.

A submarine toothbrush holder was inspiration at Living Peacefully with Children. Mandy’s children fantasized about what it would be like under the sea which she then put together with watercolors and framed for this Under the Sea Bathroom.

Brenna at Almost All The Truth shares how her family made Where the Wild Things Are come to life by letting her little wild things make masks and star in their own A Wild Things Masked Rumpus!

Amy at Anktangle created something very special to aide in imaginative fantasy play: a fierce but friendly Amigurumi Dragon!

While Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children doesn’t have her fantasy kitchen, she is making her simple kitchen work better. Check out her unused coat closet turned new Small Appliance Closet. Kitchen Shelves finally give a place to house some of the produce her family goes through. Homemade Chalkboards help keep her family organized while giving a place for children to explore their creativity.

Galit Breen blogged about the magic of the tooth fairy and shared some ideas to use when it’s time for your child’s tooth fairy to make an appearance in What Do You Do When The Tooth Fairy Comes?

Learn how to make some of the Gnome Homes for Rent that Auna at My Sweet Potatoes made for your own backyard and maybe you will soon have a village of Gnomes. Then read as she shares how to make Fairy Butter , a great snack for all the fairies/gnomes in your life.

No set would be complete at Living Peacefully with Children without a Harry Potter themed I-Spy set.

I Spy Items – Animals

When I was making lists of items to make for the I-Spy bags, I had to include animals for my animal loving/pretending three year old. He is often some animal and asks that we refer to him as such.

I wasn’t feeling terribly inspired to make clay animals, however. In fact, the animals set was the fifth, and so far final, set of clay items I made for I Spy bags. I learned one very importnat thing about making clay items: 3-dimensional items look much better than their 2-dimensional counterparts. It’s something to keep in mind for any future creations.

The animal list:

  • giraffe
  • spider
  • zebra
  • butterfly
  • snake
  • sheep
  • bat
  • dog
  • rabbit
  • bee
  • frog
  • crab
  • fish
  • tiger
  • mouse
  • penguin
  • snail
  • ladybug
  • oyster
  • seal

March’s Families, Create! challenge was filled with awesome animal-themed posts. From Mo Willems to monkey finger puppets, our writers and crafters kept busy getting creative with the little animals in their lives.

Visit Code Name: Mama and Living Peacefully with Children to find out how you can participate in the next Families, Create! Carnival. Our April theme is “Fantasy” – childhood is a fascinating time, filled with magic around every corner. What can your family imagine and create?

Please take time to read the March submissions by the other carnival participants:

  • Lizz at Am I a Funny Girl turns a family outing at the zoo into a picture book to keep.
  • Maman A Droit shares her easy pattern for a felt monkey finger puppet with you!
  • Aunalise at My Sweet Potatoes offers helpful ways for a child to remember calming techniques with a “Calming your Beast” basket.
  • Most of us have monkeys running around our house at times. Or lions. Or elephants. Make your child’s creative animal play even better with stuffed animal tails! Dionna at Code Name: Mama shares an easy tutorial.
  • Galit Breen at These Little Waves shares an easy way to get creative with Mo Willems’ “We Are In A Book.”
  • Maman A Droit shares her pattern for a felt bunny finger puppet-a perfect Easter basket filler!
  • Brenna at Almost All The Truth shares a look at butterflies through metaphor, books and a coffee filter craft.
  • Amy at Anktangle shares photographs of crocheting a lovable stuffed turtle for her son to play with.
  • Aunalise at My Sweet Potatoes knows a few ways to bring beneficial birds to the garden.
  • Lauren at Hobo Mama has a fun and easy game to make to stimulate your preschooler’s memory.
  • Aunalise at My Sweet Potatoes is making nature bags or field bags for nature journals and the other things we may need as we explore our planet.

I Spy Items – The Last Olympians and The Lost Heros

I have wanted to make some I Spy bags for my children for quite a while. However, I don’t have enough little things around my house already, discounting LEGOs, which we have in plentiful amounts, and purchasing single items is cost-prohibitive. After a failed attempt to get a swap going with others in order to take advantage of bulk buying, I decided to make my items for our I Spy bags.

I purchased a set of clay from JoAnn’s. The set contained 8 different colors and cost around $16-17. I used a 40% coupon, bringing the price down around $10. As of this date, I’ve already made items for 5 seperate I Spy bags around various themes and have a bit more clay left.

This first set is based off of Rick Riordan’s young adult/children’s series loosely based on Greek Mythology. I thought my bibliophillic children would love book-themed I Spy bags. The bags aren’t made yet (I’ll be posting a tutorial later this Spring on a new way to make I Spy bags), but if enthusiasm for the items that will go in them are any gauge, the I Spy bags will be loved. Greek heroes and heroines, children of the gods known as demi-gods in the books,  fit in well with this month’s theme for the Families Create Challenge.

Here are the the items for our Last Olympians/Lost Heroes bags:

  1. a crown – all gods and goddesses love to be acknowledged, prayed to, and crowned. Zeus, the king of the gods and father to Thalia and Jason, is no exception.
  2. a wave – Poseidon, one of the big three, is a favorite for my kids. Percy Jackson is the son of Poseidon. The ocean holds so many mysteries, most of which we have yet to uncover.
  3. a snake – Medeusa anyone? She’s a formidable enemy and not one to be triffled with, or looked at.
  4. an eye – representing cyclopes, both the friendly and unfriendly kinds. A little insight gives range to different perspectives.
  5. an orange T-shirt – sure, it doesn’t have the Camp Half-Blood emblem on it, but these are minature pieces of clay.
  6. a winged shoe – stolen from Hermes, messenger of the gods.
  7. a lightning bolt – a symbol of Zeus’s anger, pride, and any other emotion. Gods are flightly and temperamental at the best of times.
  8. a skull – a little cryptic, but what better way to present Hades, god of the dead?
  9. a lotus flower – mentioned in the first book and symbolizing knowledge.
  10. a sun – important if you happen to be Apollo.
  11. grapes – what camp or story would be complete without a crotchety old person with a chip on his shoulder? Cheers to you, Dionysis!
  12. the yellow sheep – it’s a golden fleece. Read the books. You’ll enjoy them, and learn or remember a little mythology while you are at it.
  13. golden drachma – flip one of these babies into a fountain and send an Iris message to one you love.
  14. a shield – it pays to have a little protection.
  15. horseshoe – symbolizing all of the wonderful hooved friends in the series – the pegasi (I admit BlackJack reminds me of Joey from Friends, and I tend to read him that way.), the satyrs (Grover and Coach Hedge, we love you guys and life wouldn’t be the same without you), and to the wonderful Party Ponies (sage centaurs making the most out of life).
  16. a bow and arrow – for Artemis. She’s a wonderfully strong role model with her tribe of immortal girls, racing across thy sky and battling monsters to save mankind. Sure, some of her companions have taken the male disgust a bit far, but she’s pretty grounded in who she is and doesn’t seem to feel quite the same distain.
  17. trident – Poseidon was my son’s first favorite god and the first series (ah, yes, the fun continues in the second series) revolved a great deal around Poseidon’s son, Percy.
  18. a hammer – a tribute to Leo and Haphaestus. Leo, you’ll never be a third wheel to us.
  19. a sword – what monster fighting hero or heroine would be without his or her sword?
  20. an owl – for those Athena fans. Don’t tell her, but she just couldn’t compete with Artemis for my daughter.

February brought many heroic crafts to Our Family Creates! Check out some of the wonderful posts from last month’s participants:

Visit Code Name: Mama and Living Peacefully with Children to find out how you can participate in the next Families, Create! Carnival. Our March theme is “Animals” – what animals are your favorites and why? Get creative and share with us how animals are a part of your and your children’s lives.