Inspiring a Young Detective
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My youngest son LOVES to play detective. He’s a Sherlock Holmes fan, and he enjoys trying to solve mysteries on his own. We searched high and low for a trench coat and detective hat, and lucked out with a nice coat from the thrift store and a Sherlock Holmes style hat from the dime store. With the addition of a mustache and Spy glasses (with secret rear-view mirrors), he is ready to take on any case that presents itself.
If you have a mystery-loving kid, check out the list of activities my junior detective enjoys, plus a free printable activity!
To inspire a kid detective, try some of these activities:
- Nate the Great books are some of our favorites, and many of them also include a bonus section at the end with activity ideas. Not only are these books quality reading, but they will spark tons of ideas for setting up detective play.
- 3M has a free download of a DIY Detective Lab here with lots of information about fingerprints and some fun projects with basic materials.
- Thriving Family’s website has a free Bible Detective Kit you can download here.
- The Smithsonian website’s “Sherlock Holmes’ London” takes you on a tour of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s world.
- Here is the official website for the Sherlock Holmes Museum in London.
- Try this “Stare Detective” game from the Zoom website.
- Here’s another free detective game that involves reading and inference skills.
- Real Classroom Ideas has some fun resources, including a reading game and a fingerprint art activity.
- My son has had so much fun with the book, Solve the Famous Hound of the Baskervilles Mystery. It is interactive, like a detective kit and book in one, and it includes lots of activities for critical thinking as kids work to solve the case.
- Learning Table has a list of the Best Books for Kid Detectives. Click here to view!
- Click here for a free printable Alphabetical Order Scavenger Hunt for Kid Detectives.