Week #1’s Activity – Spy Kit

Please note that this activity is to do at home with your own supplies.

Follow these steps to make your own spy kit: 

  1. Ask a grown up to gather up some items into a box to help you create your spy kit using items at home.
  2. Ask your grown up to download and print these clues found HERE and download the Wanted Poster template HERE.
  3. Open up your kit! Inside you will find all sorts of things to help you become a detective such as disguise items and a magnifying glass. Ask your grown up to hide the envelopes around your house for you to find.
  4. Decorate your kit using the supplies from around your home. Now your kit is ready for the investigation & for future detective work!
  5. Time to get into your detective disguise! Put on the stick-on moustache, grab the magnifying glass and notebook, and then find items from your closet to complete your Detective Disguise.
  6. It’s time to get on the case! Ask your grown up where they put Envelope 1. When you find it, open the envelope and read through the description of the case as well as the list of suspects.
  7. Who is your top suspect? Decorate the included ‘Wanted’ poster with a drawing of which character you think committed the crime.
  8. Ask your grown up where Envelope 2 is. When you find it, open it up and use a pen/pencil to follow the paths on the activity sheet and see who already owns the book and is NOT a suspect.
  9. Ask your grown up where Envelope 3 is. When you find it, use a pen or pencil to count the footprints to see who has the most. This character is NOT a suspect!
  10. Ask your grown up where Envelope 4 is. When you find it, use a pen or pencil to find the names on the word search. The name that is missing is NOT a suspect.
  11. Ask your grown up where Envelope 5 is. When you find it, use a pen or pencil to unscramble the names. The shaded letters will form the name of another character who is NOT a suspect.
  12. Ask your grown up where Envelope 6 is. When you find it, use a pen or pencil to play the logic game and discover who was at school and is therefore NOT a suspect.
  13. After you have completed all your activities you should know who the suspect is! Why do you think they took the book? Congratulations on solving the mystery!

Week #2’s Activity – Invisible Ink

Write a mysterious message in invisible ink and reveal it with a special solution!

Please note that this activity is to do at home with your own supplies.

Follow these steps to make your own invisible ink:

  1. Add 1 Tablespoon of baking soda to 1/2 cup of water.
  2. Stir the baking soda into the water to make the “invisible ink”.
  3. Use the cotton swabs or paint brushes to draw a picture or write a message on a piece of paper.
  4. While you wait for the message to dry, mix the revealing solution. 5. Mix one teaspoon of turmeric with ½ cup rubbing alcohol & stir. (CAREFUL! It stains!)
  5. When your paper has dried, use a paper towel or larger paintbrush and brush the revealing solution over the paper.
  6. Voila! Reveal the secret message!

Week #3’s Activity – Binoculars

Get ready to solve mysteries through the lenses of your new binoculars! Make a set of paper roll binoculars and be ready for your next mystery adventure.

Please note that this activity is to do at home with your own supplies.

Follow these steps to make your own binoculars: 

  1. Start by sticking your binoculars together. You can use glue or tape. If you use glue – wait for it to dry before moving on to Step 2.
  2. Wrap your binoculars in either kraft paper or construction paper. Adhere to the binoculars with tape.
  3. Decorate your binoculars! You can cut out leaf shapes from tissue paper or use markers, stickers, and other craft supplies to decorate.
  4. Poke holes in the sides of your binoculars if you want to thread them with string to wear around your neck.
  5. Thread the string or ribbon through the holes and tie in a knot at the top to secure.
  6. Use your new binoculars on a safari around your home, yard, or on a nature walk!

Week #4’s Activity – Egg Carton Jellyfish

Make a super fun, super wiggly egg carton jellyfish puppet with a few simple craft supplies.

Please note that this activity is to do at home with your own supplies.

Follow these steps to make your own egg carton jellyfish: 

  1. Begin by cutting out two sections of your egg carton.
  2. Next, paint your egg cartons inside and out.
  3. Once dry, cut some yarn about a foot long, varying your colors if desired, and tie a knot at the end, securing all the strands together.
  4. Next, hot glue the knotted strand to the middle of the inside of the egg carton. Thread the string or ribbon through the holes and tie a knot at the top to secure.
  5. Attach googly eyes.
  6. Next, dab a bit of hot glue to the top of the egg carton jellyfish and push a piece of stretchy string into it. Hold the string there until the glue has cooled.
  7. Next, glue the string that is attached to the top of the egg carton to one end of a popsicle stick. Do the same thing for the other egg carton jellyfish but attach it to the other end of the popsicle stick.
  8. Once the glue has dried, it’s time to play!

Week #5’s Activity – Celebrate Your Hero

Who is your hero? Think about who this person, character, animal, or anything else may be to you. Celebrate by making a form of art: collage, poem, or whatever else you can think of.

Please note that this activity is to do at home with your own supplies.

Follow these steps to make your own hero celebration: 

  1. Think about who your hero is: is it a family member, a sibling, a friend, a pet, a celebrity, or someone else? Write their name at the top of the white cardstock paper.
  2. Now it is time to decide what you want to do to celebrate your hero: draw a picture of them, write some words or a poem, make a collage.
  3. Once you have completed the main portion of your celebration (your drawing, writing, poem, collage, or something else) it is time to decorate! Use the markers, pencil crayons, glitter glue, stickers, and any other craft supplies you’d like to jazz up your creation!
  4. Once your creation is completed and has dried (if you needed to use any glitter glue/glue/paint/etc.) you can share it with your family and friends! Hang it up on your fridge or – if you know your hero personally – gift it to them the next time you see them.

Week #6 Activity – Apple Mummy

What mysterious process occurs when you mix baking soda, salt, and an apple? Solve the mystery this week by making an Apple Mummy!

Please note that this activity is to do at home with your own supplies.

Follow these steps to make your own apple mummy: 

  1. Ask a grown up to help you peel the apple and carve a face into one side.
  2. Mix together equal parts of baking soda and salt. 
  3. Place your apple in a large mouthed jar or mug. 
  4. Cover the apple completely with the baking soda and salt mixture. 
  5. Leave the apple somewhere away from direct sunlight for one week.
  6. After a week, pull the apple out of the jar and brush it off with a brush or paint brush to remove the excess baking soda and salt mixture. You now have an Apple Mummy!