Have you ever wanted to investigate a Crime Scene? Well with this new science kit from Ravensburger you can. The Science X: Crime Scene Investigation Kit is one of several Science activity kits aimed at getting children involved in Science. They are for children aged 8 and above.
The kit contains a lot of different activities which are related to investigating Crime Scenes. The enclosed instruction book guides you though each of the activities in detail. We follow German forensic biologist Dr. Mark Benecke who provides tips and instructions on how to examine clues and become a forensic expert.
There is quite a lot of reading involved so it is a kit that is best used with parental supervision. The activities are interesting and very in-depth. It is not a kit that can be completed in minutes, you need at least a couple of days or more to work though all the activities. Most of what you need is in the kit, but some of the experiments needed extra items so it is best to read the instructions first to make sure you have everything you need before you start.
My son really got involved with this activity kit. He had great fun taking fingerprints and trying to compare them to work out who had made them.
He also enjoyed collecting the evidence from the crime scene (living room) and adding it into the evidence bags. He did find a lot of dog hair which led him to the conclusion that the dog was a murderer, which I hope is not the case. He was particularly good at solving the crime themed logic puzzles. One involved looking at a scene before and after the crime occurred and working out from the pictures of the people who had committed the crime. He worked out the answer almost straight away while I was still puzzled.
The kit also had several more involved projects such as making a copy of a key from a mould and getting impressions of footprints and comparing tyre tracks. The activities were interesting and absorbed my son’s attention as well as being educational.
These kits are a great way to get children to learn about Science in a fun way and I will definitely be looking at the other kits in the range. In case you are not aware it is National Science and Engineering Week from 15th-24th March 2013 so what better time to try these kits?
Disclosure: I was sent the Ravensburger Science X CSI Kit in order to do an honest review. I was not told what to write and my opinions are my own.