There's a fair bit of reading in this kit (more than enough to be off-putting for some kids), including information not directly related to the activities – like a full page devoted to real life crime biologist Mark Benecke. But the included activities are quite interesting with a depth and complexity not always seen in an activity kit – including at least one multi-day project. Our favourites include the finger print activities and isolating DNA. In fact, the section on analyzing finger prints is perhaps the best presentation we've seen in a kit. There are also a couple of crime themed logic puzzles to solve – one noting the difference between photos taken before and after the crime, and the other comparing witness statements to determine which of six suspects committed the crime. A good thorough investigation of crime-solving procedures. Requires a fair degree of parental involvement.
WHAT THE KIDS SAY
I want to be a police officer when I grow up, so playing with this kit is really going to help me learn how to catch bad guys. There where a lot of different expériences to do, I liked reading about them, but some where kinda boring to do - like measuring distances. Some of the experiements where kinda cool. I love the fingerprints analysis, it's really interesting how we all have different lines and whorls. I like making a plaster of a footprint, I didn't like that the plaster opened up in the box and it was all dirty. That's a shame. The cat food experiement didn't work. I looked at it every day for a few days and all it did was stink, so I stopped looking at it.
Some of the experiments were cool. I could figure out the robbery easily. Others we didn't do because we didn't have the stuff we needed. I liked the fingerprint one but most of them is a lot of reading.
I did the fingerprint experiment but I didn't like the other ones. I liked the one where you have to figure out who robbed from the room.
There where a lot of different expériences to do, I liked reading about the but they where kinda boring to do, like measuring distances. Some of the experiements where kinda cool, I liked the fingerprints analysis. The cat food experiement didn't work. I looked at it every day for a few days and all it did was stink so I stopped looking at it. I like the Ravensburger company they always make good kits.
I want to be a police officer when I grow up, so playing with this kit is really going to help me learn how to catch bad guys. I love the fingerprints analysis, it's really interesting how we all have different lines and whorls. I like making a plaster of a footprint, I didn't like that the plaster opened up in the box and it was all dirty. That's a shame. I can't wait for the nice weather so we can do the cat food experiment.
WHAT ADULTS THINK
The information in the instruction book is interesting and well written, but the language is too sophisticated for my 9 yr old to understand it. The ' tips from the pro' are written in the first person and give real Investigator's point of view. If this kit only contained the information book I would rate it higher. The tools included in the kit bring the rating down. The plaster plastic container was not opened but there was plaster dust everywhere, and the plaster experiment was a dud. I followed the instructions to the letter, but it hardened before Kai could mke the tracks. Kai (M9) still figured out who's shoe we used by comparing the treads. The fingerprints cards where a bit hit, we all had our prints analyzed. The cat food experiment was a little difficult to do, the first try, our dog ate it. Then Sebastien (M11) found a spot in our backyard but the food attracted crows. He finally put it in the shed then he forgot to look at it after a few days, so the test was inconclusive.
The boys (8 & 9) really enjoyed the first fingerprint experiment, but found the rest of them too educational. I found the experiments either too simple for them, or too difficult to do on their own. This kit really needs a lot of parental supervision and extra materials which the boys found frustrating.
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