“I Spy” Bottles (Shipwrecked Imagination Station Alternative: Day 1)

These “I Spy” bottles are such a fun, budget-friendly craft!  Clean out your craft room, dig out lost toys from the bottom of the toy box – they’ll come in handy now!

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This year’s VBS theme is Shipwrecked {learn more about the theme here}.  The VBS kits are available now.  All of our VBS resources are designed to be used alongside any of the Group starter kits, although I HIGHLY recommend purchasing the ultimate version with digital.

Daily Bible Point: When you’re lonely, Jesus rescues.

Today’s Group Gizmo: Lost & Found Flyer $.79 per kid

Group Gizmo’s purpose:  When you are lost or lonely, Jesus will find you (just like when you blow the top off the toy, you go search and find it)

“I Spy” Bottle


Budget-saving tip: You can use the leftover string for the day 3 Morse Code bracelets!


1. Dye rice (see tutorial here).

2. Print “I Spy” cards and cut them out.  I made a template – see it at the bottom of this post.

3. Use a funnel to put rice and trinkets in the bottle (alternate putting rice and trinkets in so that the trinkets are dispersed throughout the rice).

4. As you put trinkets in the bottle, add them to your “I Spy” list.

5. Once you have the bottle mostly full, super glue the lid onto the bottle.  (Leave a few inches of empty space at the top of the bottle to make finding the trinkets easier.)

6. Optional: Laminate the cardstock “I Spy” list.

7. Hole punch the “I Spy” list and use a piece of string to tie it around the top of the bottle.

“I Spy” Cards

I printed my “I Spy” list and attached it to the bottle as a label.  In hindsight I’d rather have it on a card tied around the neck of the bottle (so it doesn’t block the view of the items in the bottle).

Click each template below to enlarge it, then right click and choose “Save Image As”.  Once you have saved the images, you can print them.

What day 1 craft alternatives have you found for Shipwrecked VBS?

I am a long-time Vacation Bible School lover.  I’ve lead in several capacities throughout the VBS world and am currently our church’s VBS director.  It is a joy for me to be able to share VBS ideas and resources with others!  I will continue to share VBS ideas here as we prepare for Shipwrecked VBS.  Follow the blog to see more of our ideas and planning!  Please let me know if there are any specific VBS items or ideas you need help with!

This article has 2 comments

  1. LaShon Reply

    Do you have any alternate ideas for Day 4 – the Ready Rescuere?

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