Looking At Evidence
This is quite a
good lesson to get your children to act like detectives and look at evidence
in a way that they might not normally.
Find an old bag
at home and fill it with items that a person would have in their bag if
they were going on a journey somewhere. Try not to pick things that the
children would recognise as belonging to you. Try and make it a fairly
normal travel bag. I put in things like train tickets, a notebook (with
shopping list in), a timetable, a map of the town, and some tourist leaflets.
Then think of the type of person that
you want the bag to belong to and put in some more objects that will give the
children clues (e.g. lipstick, bobbles, a small toy, painting kit). I tried to
avoid putting in anything with an address on.
Now it's time for a little role-play.
Treat your children as though you are a Police Inspector talking to a group
of Police Detectives. Explain that this bag has been handed in at the local
station and that you're trying to find out who it belongs to so that you can
get it back to them. This works really well if YOU can keep in character.