A who dunnit for your little detectives.
You will need:
Some shoes of varying sizes
A corresponding number of cuddly animals and/or dolls
Some paper and a pen
a small amount of mud (or paint/ ink stamps)
A magnifying glass and other detective-y apparatus (optional)
A packet of chocolate biscuits (or other favourite)
Your biscuit tin.
Pick one pair of shoes to be the “guilty” shoes .Using the mud/ paint on the soles of the shoes make foot prints on the paper. Allow to dry and cut out.
Purchase your chocolate biscuits and resist the urge to eat them.
Allocate toys to shoes.
Write the clue(s) to the stolen biscuits and the note for the biscuit tin.
On Saturday morning, big up the biscuit tin
“There’s some biscuits in the tin, we’ll have one in a minute with a drink.”
When you’re ready, get the tin down and open it up to find the note left by the biscuit burglar.
“I have your biscuits!! You wait and see, try as you might, you will never catch me!!!”
Using your detective equipment set the children searching for “clues” to catch you biscuit burglar. Hopefully they will eventually find your foot prints.
Now lead the children to the toys. They now need to work out which toy it is that stole their biscuits. They should be able to rule out some of the shoes based on size etc. If you have been cunning you will have made a few of them more difficult to decide between. Using only one of the pair of each remaining shoes (make sure it’s not the shoe with the clue in, that would give it away!!!), repeat the shoe printing process you did the night before and get the children to try to spot which is the match.
Once they have worked this out get them to search in the shoes for the biscuits. At this point they should find the clue in the other shoe of the pair left by the biscuit burglar as to the location of the biscuits. This clue could lead you directly to the biscuits, or to a map, or another clue. How long they hunt for the treasure and how many clues you leave is up to you. Once they find them, you can all sit down and have a biscuit, safe in the knowledge that the streets are a safer place.