“We are going to be police officers,” I told the kids. “And do some detective work. We are going to be forensics examiners!”
After I’d explained what one of those is and gone into a lengthy discussion about finger prints, foot prints, tool marks and evidence they were both very excited about the game I was going to set up for them for some after school fun.
So whilst they were at school the next day I set up the crime scene using the John Adams New Scotland Yard Forensics Impressions Examination Kit from Hobby Craft. The box includes loads of crime scene goodies for setting the scene: crime scene tape, plaster of paris, impressions results cards, footprint impression mould, crime scene examiner badge, impression clay, evidence bags, clues and a Crime Scene Game invitation.
There is everything you need really for a great party game for kids and it would a brilliant birthday party theme. As there were only 2 kids and they were both under the recommended 10 years of age (they are 5 and 7) I decided to set up something similar but a little different for them.
First off we needed a crime. I went with the theft of some very precious gold (chocolate) coins, and set the clues around the house, each with a piece of evidence to lead them to finding the coins. The pre-printed clues were a Godsend, and made it really quick to set the whole thing up. We ended up with one in the living room, one in the kitchen, one in the bedroom and one in the bathroom.
And so when they got back from school, we packed up our crime scene (fish) bag with our evidence bags, tape, plaster of paris and impression clay and set to finding our missing treasure.
The kids loved following the clues.
And figuring out the evidence was great fun too. We found an empty gold coin bag, a tool marks mould which showed us which tool they had used to break in. There was an empty coin wrapper – that dastardly thief had been snacking on our treasure! – and a footprint left in the bathroom for us to make a mould of.
Eventually all the clues led us to searching the garden where low, our treasure was found!
The kids loved playing with this kit, it was really easy to set up and making the impressions and moulds was fun and interesting. For older kids this would make a great party game.
Where to buy the Forensics Impressions Kit
Hobbycraft is a brilliant place to get all your art supplies as well as fun kits to play with your kids. The John Adams New Scotland Yard Forensics Impressions Examination Kit is £12 from Hobby Craft and really is great fun to do with your kids or a brilliant themed party idea.
We were sent a free forensics kit from Hobby Craft so that we could use and review it.