Q: What is an iSpy Bag?
A: Good question. It's a tactile, educational, absorbing hand toy for children between about 3 and up to, well, any age - adults seem to enjoy them as well!
Q: Yes, but WHAT is it?
A: It's a soft fleecy bag with a tough polyvinyl window through which the delights of the bag can be seen and manipulated. Each bag contains 28 small items among a quantity of non toxic poly beads. A small, laminated card is attached to the bag by a length of ribbon, listing the contents. You simply ask the child to find any item you read out and they 'squidge' the beads to move the items around until they find what they're looking for.
Q: Does the bag open? I don't want tiny beads all over the place!
A: No. It's securely stitched and won't burst unless subjected to extreme violence. Of course, if you want to take a pair of scissors to it, you will succeed in opening it. But that's up to you - nothing to do with us!
Q: Are they made in Britain?
A: I take great care to source items for the iSpy bags from reputable companies based in the UK, so you can be assured that everything within the bag is safe for your child. I make them all by hand right here on the West coast of Scotland.
Q: How do I use it?
A: They are very simple to use. With a thick, clear vinyl window in the front, children can manipulate the non toxic poly pellets to find the hidden treasures inside.
A list of items is printed onto card which is attached to the iSpy bag by a lovely double sided satin ribbon. The laminated card can be detached from the ribbon so that it becomes interactive.
You can also expand the game by asking your child to find a particular item within the bag. Once found, why not make up a story involving the item? Let your child (and your) imagination run wild!
Q: My child cannot yet read.
A: Don't despair! Each iSpy bag comes with a printed picture card making it perfect for children who have not yet learnt to read. If it shows a red car on the picture card, it will be a red car in the iSpy bag!
Q: Who are they for?
A: iSpy bags are suitable for boys or girls and can be personalised with their name at no extra cost. If you would like a particular theme for your iSpy bag, just let me know (there is a small additional charge for this due to the extra work involved).
Q: Are they safe?
A: I am very proud to let everyone know that our iSpy bags have been tested at a leading toy testing laboratory for safety and compliance and I have been issued with a safety certificate for them which demonstrates our compliance with toy safety regulations.
Q: What are they made from?
A: Each handmade iSpy bag is hand crafted by me from a design of your choice and is available in a soft tactile fleece or a wipe clean laminated cotton.
Q: What is laminated cotton?
A: Laminated cotton is a durable, water resistant cotton fabric that has a soft, protective film laminated to the face of the fabric. This product does not contain any lead or thyolate and is safe for children's items, making it perfectly safe if children decide to put the iSpy bag in, or near, their mouth. That said, all the fabrics I use are safe for everyone to use, including those with allergies. Polyurethane laminate fabric is breathable, water resistant, durable and has a slight cross grain stretch.
Q: What's inside the iSpy bag?
A: There are 28 small items that children can easily recognise. These items are hidden among the non toxic poly pellets within the bag.
Q: What age group are they for:
A: They are not designed for use by children under the age of 36 months due to choking hazard from small beads if bag is torn or damaged.
These iSpy bags have also been made for use in care homes in order to stimulate our older folks memories and brain function.