Since my giveaway for Appleseed Lane ends Friday,
I thought I'd share our fun with the
November box on crime scene science!
We bought a subscription to Appleseed Lane,
so we get a science-based box once a month
with fun activities, crafts, and a book to explain it all!
Mikko was eager to spread it all out.
As you can see, we had two of everything
with the sibling add-on (no fighting! woo!).
Mikko loves crime-solving games and shows
(this is actually true and, yes, I know he's 6),
so he was ready to get right to detecting.
We had to solve which nefarious caterpillar sibling got into the cookie jar.
One thing I love is Appleseed Lane supplies ALL the materials.
For instance, one of the activities called for a pencil, and I was thinking:
Oh, no, I have to find a pencil? But it was included — but unsharpened.
So I was thinking, Oh, no, I have to find a pencil sharpener?
But the sharpener was INCLUDED! It's so easy.
This bag of flour was a great relief to me,
because we never have any now that we're grain-free!
That was another one where I read the directions first and had a mini-panic
before realizing: Nope, it's all included. Whew!
So, anyway: First up, handprint molds!
See that little packet of unsweetened Kool-Aid? Included!
No running to the store. Love it.
The boys mixed together peacefully. Yea!
Our two bowls of microwaved gloop. The one on the left never gelled, sadly.
I'm not sure what I did wrong considering it was all pre-measured!
The coolest thing by far, and still a beloved plaything, was
the pen that was also a black light.
It uncovered the invisible message!
I loved that this month's box got Mikko interacting with the page,
writing and doing some reading activities.
He's not reading yet (or interested in learning),
but he was happy to work on the decoding and write down the answers.
The next coolest project was ink chromatography.
Well, I don't know, I can't decide — they were both very cool!
As you can see, the ink colors separated out.
And then we got to match the sample strips to the suspect's note. Neato!
Someone woke up from his nap happy to join back in.
Next was fingerprinting — rubbing a pencil along paper
to build up the graphite and using that as a dipping powder.
Mikko pressed each dusted fingertip onto a piece of (included) tape
and stuck them each onto his fingerprint card.
I remembered while we were doing this that for safety reasons
you're supposed to fingerprint your kids. Done!
This was one successful mystery box
and one happy sleuth!
Our December box on electricity is on its way,
and we can't wait.
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