is a good group or class activity, as well as a good individual
activity, especially for older children. To make your pictures,
you can draw, use collage, and/or stickers. To write the riddles,
follow the I Spy pattern. Here's how:
your riddles to the I Spy beat.
Read the riddles in an I Spy book aloud. Can you hear the
pattern of the rhythm? It's a 3/4 waltz rhythm. If you can't hear
it, get your music teacher to help you clap it out. 1-2-3, 1-2-3,
1-2-3, 1-2-3. There are four main beats to a line. (Technically,
the rhythmic pattern is called dactylic tetrameter.) You can sing
all the I Spy riddles to an old-fashioned song called Sweet
Betsy from Pike. Ask your music teacher to help you learn the song and
perhaps make a tape to play in the classroom. Interestingly, rap
also has four main beats to a line. Many children today find it
helpful to rap the I Spy riddles in order to understand the
rhythmic pattern. They love to rap and tape the I Spy riddles
sure your riddles follow the I Spy rhyme scheme.
There are four lines to an I Spy riddle. Look for the words
that rhyme. Where are they? They are at the end of the lines. What is the
pattern of the rhyme? The first two lines rhyme, and then the last
two lines rhyme. (Technically, this is called an aabb pattern.)
sure your riddles have the I Spy punctuation style.
Where are the commas? Where is the one and only semicolon? Where
are the uppercase letters?
Take your time.
Creating I Spy pictures may be more challenging than you think!
- Write your
riddles before or while you make your pictures. If you wait until
you are done with your picture, you may find you don't have enough
in your picture to write a good riddle.
- Look for
interesting words, such as thumbtack and hatchet. Put them in
- Listen to
the beginning sounds of your words. Put words like shovel and
shark together because they have the same initial sound; that's
a trick of poetry called alliteration.
- Listen to
the inner sounds of words. Put words like crab, bats, and map
together because they have the same inside sounds. That's another
trick of poetry called assonance.