First I collected up a selection of small objects, the kind of things that sit in jars and pots on shelves around our house and have no real purpose but for some reason I can't throw away. Then I photographed them. (I could have simply listed them, but it's difficult to give some of the thingimagigs a descriptive name)
Then I gathered leftover (or mostly unopened and inedible) health foods from my kitchen cupboard, rice, barley, weird bird-food-looking stuff. Some we dyed with food colouring and left a while to dry.
Then we glue-gunned the lids on to prevent frustrated people emptying out the contents.
I gave the laminated I spy sheet to the kids with a wipe-off pen in the hope it would keep them busy for a while.
'Are you sure you've put all these objects in?' they said, still looking for the coin and the nut.
They passed the bottles to the adults.
'Are you sure you've put all these objects in?' the adults said, still looking for the coin and the nut.
Yes yes I did put ALL the objects in. Even the coin AND the nut.