There is something about mysteries that capture the imagination. Our kids get super excited about mysteries. So, I decided to tie into that with a pretend play detective box. This would work well in a classroom pretend play area with a few duplicate items.
*This post contains affiliate links. Read full disclosure here.
Detective Pretend Play
You will need:
- Box to store detective props
- Glasses (can be non-prescription eye glasses, sunglasses)
- Binoculars (real or made with toilet paper rolls)
- Magnifying glass (have several if in classroom box)
- Paper or notebook with pen
- Envelope labeled ‘Top Secret’
I found that this box enticed their imaginations immediately and they were off and running. They needed very little in terms of suggestions. They cast their own parts and acted them out with ease. You could enhance the activity if desired by having an actual mystery for them to solve with clues in the envelope, but I don’t think that is necessary. If they have any exposure to mysteries they will be able to create their own adventures.
You may also like:
Hat Improv game
Here are some more Pretend Play Ideas from the Early Childhood Education Team
Farmer’s Market Preschool Theme Pretend Play by Learning 2 Walk
Exploring Numbers 0-10 Pretend Garden Meal by Tiny Tots Adventures
DIY Farm Pretend Play Mat by The Educators’ Spin On It
Monster Truck Pretend Play by Munchkins and Moms