We love mystery chapter books so we had a hard time choosing which book to read for the Virtual Chapter Book Club for Kids this month! After some discussion we chose Nancy Clancy by Robin Preiss Glasser since it was one my 5 year old hadn’t read yet.
One of the kids’ favorite parts of the book was when Nancy Clancy dusted for fingerprints with her fingerprint kit–so we had to try it ourselves!
We used the Undercover Spy Gear Fingerprint kit to analyze our fingerprints, but any kit you find will work.
We wiped down our chalkboard table and the kids each made a fingerprint. Then they used the fingerprint dust and a small soft paintbrush to brush dust over the print.
They “lifted” the prints with a clear, plastic sticker and stuck them to the fingerprint worksheet. Then they used the fingerprint ink to make another print with the same finger to compare.
We talked about the things we noticed in the fingerprints and why the two from the same finger might look different on the paper. It was the first time I had “dusted for fingerprints” before and I have to say if was pretty fun!
I am convinced that you can replicate the kit on your own using powered watercolors instead of the dusting powder and clear mailing labels instead of the ones that came in the kit. We are big mystery fans so I think we’ll try out my theory sometime soon…stay tuned!
Make sure to check out the link up below to find some more mystery themed chapter books and activities/crafts. If you have any activity/craft to share inspired by a mystery chapter book, come link up!
Here are our Virtual Chapter Book Club Participating Bloggers this month:
The Educators’ Spin On It
Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
Play Dr Mom
Coffee Cups and Crayons
KC Edventures with Kids
Kitchen Counter Chronicles
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How fun! We love being detectives!! I have never dusted for fingerprints either and will need to try it.
Megan Sheakoski says
I thought it was so fun! Thanks Kristina!
Jackie Higgins says
Cool! I used to do a huge mystery genre study with my fourth and fifth graders. It was my favorite unit to teach! We never did fingerprints, though, can you believe that? This looks like a fun way to do them. I’ll have to save it for when I go back to the classroom!
Megan Sheakoski says
I bet Jackie!!! Such a fun genre!!!
Great activities! Daughter just brought home an A-Z mystery from school, so maybe there is a hope still for us to join the mystery theme.
Anna@The Measured Mom says
I’ve never heard of that book – sounds like a good introduction to mystery books for my six year old. Thanks for sharing!