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Make the best of everything!: Homemade Detective Kit!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Homemade Detective Kit!

My Nephew is going to be 5, he is a very imaginative, creative boy. I thought I would make him an extra special birthday present.  I purchased a plain photo box from Michael's, along with a few other items and created a " Detective Kit"!  First, I decorated the photo box with Water color paints, sharpies and puffy paint!

Here are some of the items that went into the detective kit. 

1) Top secret envelopes, where I put obscure clues to help him when he plays imagination. 
 2) Specimen Swabs- to help gather evidence. 
3) some magnifying glasses found at Michael's.
 4) A fingerprinting kit, using index cards and a stamp pad
 5)  a detective flashlight 
6) Plastic bags that I wrote " evidence" on with puffy paint
 7) Whisk Brooms ( found at Michael's)  
8) Fingerprint lifting tape 
9) A journal and a pen

I also added some instructions so he would know how to use all these items!

Here are some close ups of all the items that are included in the kit

 Hope you like this! I sure had a fun time making this for him!!
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At February 1, 2011 at 1:17 PM , Blogger Shelly said...

cutest idea ever. My nephew would love this. I will have to keep in mind for his birthday.

At February 1, 2011 at 7:49 PM , Blogger April said...

I LOVE this. I love when I see the little homemade kits that people make (doctor, nature explorer, etc.) This has so many great ideas, especially the fingerprinting lifting tape...so great! I am bookmarking this!

At February 1, 2011 at 9:39 PM , Blogger Marjory Steele Skousen said...

I love this idea! Cute,cute,cute.

At February 1, 2011 at 9:45 PM , Blogger Brenda said...

Thanks a bunch for sharing this wonderful idea. My grandsons are going to love this.

At February 2, 2011 at 12:05 AM , Blogger christyd said...

I love this idea! I think this may be one of my son's birthday presents this year! Love it!

At February 8, 2011 at 5:08 PM , Blogger khunady said...

Hello Kristen! Great idea! Thank you for allowing me to share this at Crafts For All Seasons. Your project appears here: http://www.crafts-for-all-seasons.com/homemade-detective-kit.html

I linked back to this page. By the way, I'm giving away garden flags for crafts submissions and you get one! Contact me at info at crafts-for-all-seasons.com with your email address and I can tell you more about it.

At February 18, 2011 at 8:32 AM , Blogger Tammy @ she wears flowers said...

This is such a great idea!! My girls love to play detectives--this would be perfect!

At February 22, 2011 at 2:36 PM , Blogger Amanda said...

Happy Day! You were featured! :) Love if you stopped by!


At February 23, 2011 at 9:24 PM , Blogger Tammy @ she wears flowers said...

I'm featuring this on Thursday at my Show & Share party. Please stop by and grab a featured button! ;)

At February 24, 2011 at 12:00 PM , Blogger Sheila said...

Cool! I shared it on Twitter.

At February 25, 2011 at 12:23 PM , Blogger Kellie said...

Oh my goodness this is wonderful! We love giving handmade gifts, especially arts & crafts kits. This idea will be a fabulous addition to our birthday gifting repertoire. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas!!

At February 25, 2011 at 12:49 PM , Blogger Kristin said...

How fun! Great decorating. We did a "spy party" last year and I wish we'd had something like this for our guests. So well thought out. I love it! My boys will think it is so cool, can't wait to put it together...

At February 26, 2011 at 12:05 PM , Blogger Michele said...

Soooo cute!!! How creative of you! I wish I had someone to give it to; mine are all grown up. I'll file away the idea for some day, a long way off, when I have grandchildren.

At March 18, 2011 at 7:54 PM , Blogger Rachel at Sun Scholars said...

Oh my gosh, this is so cool!!! What a fun idea!

I'd love to have you share this at my For the Kids Friday Link Party! Stop on by and see all the fun we're having!


At April 20, 2011 at 7:10 PM , Blogger Aimee said...

Hi, I am Aimee from over at HomeSpun-Threads and I am getting together some creative/crafty bloggers (that I have loved from afar) for the month of May. The plan is that every day in May a different guest share something totally creative for kids to do during the summer. Summer time is approaching quickly and many of us parents are biting our nails trying to figure out what fun things we can do with our kids this summer. I thought the this tutorial was adorable! I’d absolutely love it if you would be interested in joining me, even if you want to share a post you have done previously. Please let me know as soon as possible. Thanks so much for your consideration.

At December 11, 2011 at 7:44 AM , Blogger Linda said...

First time visiting this site...via The Happy Housewife. This is absolutely ingenious! By now the post is almost a year old. How did Adam like his gift? I certainly want to file this idea away for reference for my 6 mo old grandson. Thanks! Linda

At January 26, 2012 at 12:25 AM , Blogger Sarah said...

I made a detective kit for my daughter inspired by yours.


Thank you for the fantastic idea!

At March 7, 2012 at 7:56 AM , Blogger Love and Lollipops said...

This is a fabulous idea!! Love it!!


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