Planet I Spy And Counting Game (Printable PDF)

Printable planet i spy game for kids - count the planets in our solar system


Here’s another space activity for your little learners – it’s a planet I spy game!

Can your children find and count all 8 of the planets? They’ll need to have a great eye for detail, good scanning skills and be able to count the planets carefully.

And if they plan on writing the number of planets they’ll also be able to practice their pencil grip and number formation.

And if you want to do some more research, so that you can teach them more about our part of the universe, NASA have another awesome site, with a great map of the Solar System, 3D planets they can move around, and some more super facts!

You can get some planet flashcards here and if you’re little ones just love space, you may also want to also check out these activities:

What Skills Can Your Children Learn and Practice?


Here are a few of the skills that your little ones can learn and practice when playing this space I spy game.

  • Visual Scanning – This is an important early reading skill. It is the ability to use their vision to search in a systematic way, from top to bottom or left to right. This skill also helps them move around without bumping in to things.
  • Counting – They’ll have to count carefully if they want to ensure they get the correct answers.
  • Number Formation – When they write how much of an item there is they’ll get a chance to practice their number formation. Try to gently correct them if they do it wrong.
  • Pencil Grip and Pencil Control – Any time your child picks up a pen or pencil is a great chance to practice and develop these skills.
  • Concentration and Perseverance – There’s a lot to spot here so your little ones will have to remain focused if they want to finish the game.

Related – to learn other ways to help strengthen your child’s mathematical mind why not check out 7 simple ways to develop preschool math skills.

How to Prepare This Planet I Spy Game


Firstly go and download the planet I spy printable by clicking on the download box at the bottom of the page.

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Then print it off onto paper or card.

That’s it really – an easy one today!

How Your Children Can Play This Solar System I Spy Game


printable planet i spy game - space theme - find and count the planets


You can play it the standard way, letting them practice their counting and visual scanning skills to see if they can successfully find all the planets.

But you could also get them to spot a specific object. For example, ‘circle the Saturn that is next to two Mercurys’.

You could also flip it around so that they are describing things for you to find. This will be great for their language development as they’ll have to be really specific and use the correct prepositions if they want you to find the right one.

If your little ones haven’t got to the stage where they are able to write numbers yet you could always just get them to say them with you and practice counting together carefully.


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