Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Case of the Missing Scooter

Boogs loves mysteries. We have read many mystery stories together. Some of his favorite mysteries are The Boxcar Children books. Recently, I introduced him to the Hardy Boys. He gets so excited trying to figure out the clues to solve the mysteries. This has transferred over from books to real life for Boogs.  Last week, Boogs found an empty earring box under a clothing rack at Kohl's. He crawled out from under the rack yelling, "Momma, we have to alert store security. There has been a crime and I am holding one of the clues!" Boogs turned the empty box in to a cashier and then said he would continue to look for clues to solve the mystery of the missing jewels. Since then, he has asked me several times if store security has "made any progress" on the crime. To play off of his excitement for solving mysteries and to encourage his reading, I planned a mystery for him to solve. I hid his scooter and then placed notes that he had to “decode” to find the location of the next clue. The notes eventually led him to the missing scooter. He immediately asked when I was going to have another mystery for him to solve.
Found a clue on the balcony.
Decoding the clues.

The case is solved.

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