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August 1 - Detective Training

Lyric has been recently attached to a stuffed green Stegosaurus he named Spikey, so when I saw he left Spikey unattended in the living room this morning I sprung into action. I hid Spikey and wrote out a note for them to find.  I wanted to give the kids a test where they would need to figure out a clue based on available resources, so I hid the clue in the instructions themselves. 

Can YOU crack the case? 

Can YOU crack the case? 

Zephyr read the note and immediately started piecing together the green letters. As soon as he said "Under hat", Lyric raced to the hats resting on our egg-shaped Karim Rashid umbrella stand. 

Too easy? 

Too easy? 

They demanded another case to crack, this time also featuring Lyric's teddy bear Arc, so I sent them out of the room and wrote up a rhyming clue: 

And then I hid Arc under the brown glider cushion and Spikey in a black and white striped shopping bag.  

And then I hid Arc under the brown glider cushion and Spikey in a black and white striped shopping bag.  

Zephyr read the clue on the brown glider and quickly deduced where Arc was.  

Quick turnaround at the Zephyr Detective Agency

Quick turnaround at the Zephyr Detective Agency

But finding Spikey proved to be a little tougher... I kind of blame myself for using the word "cross" for poetic reasons. They hunted around the room, searching Chay's black and white Miyake bag and under the piano, but eventually Zephyr spied the right bag. 

More of a striping than a crossing, admittedly 

More of a striping than a crossing, admittedly 

But they seemed to have fun, and for not a lot of work, it felt good to be back in the morning activity groove. Guilt assuaged. Back in the groove! 

 SELFGRADE: A-. Not too bad for a spur of the moment thing!