Friday, July 2, 2010
The Encyclopedia Brown boy detective series by Donald J. Sobol captured my imagination as a girl and in second grade I opened my own detective agency. When my oldest discovered the books, I was beyond thrilled to enter the dining room one day and see a sign reading:
Baburin Detective Agency
No Case too Small
25 cents + expenses
To celebrate Max's eighth birthday we knew a detective kit was in order. Unimpressed by pre-made kits, I had an absolute ball putting this one together. Almost everything was on hand or came from the local dollar store, including the utility bag which I found in the gardening section. Contents include:
Notepads for writing down clues.
Plastic baggies, tweezers, cotton swabs and tiny plastic bottles for sample collection.
Fingerprint Kit (vial filled with talcum powder, vial filled with cocoa powder, soft brush, clear tape)
Inkpad and index cards for taking fingerprints.
Pens & pencils.
ID card holder.
How to be a Detective by Mick Loftus (used book store find).
The business cards were the only splurge. You can get free cards from Vista Print but this background in the Premium section was so much fun.
Max has already added handcuffs and a flashlight to his kit and I'm having fun playing Sally Kimball, Encyclopedia's friend and girl detective!