Junior Detective Club is one of more than 60 different Summer Adventure classes and activities offered each summer by Brainerd Community Education.
Myra G. McCulloch, the instructor, encourages the children to bring their imagination and a smile. Using art, language and creativity, the children learn to use their skills to be like Sherlock Holmes or Harriet the Spy.
Instructor Myra McCulloch helped Emily Erickson with her fingerprints during the Junior Detective Club class. Emily's fingers were covered with the telltale signs of investigation by the detectives.
The children create secret names and design costumes to dress in disguise. They express their ideas by writing a short mystery story. Each day students write and illustrate in their homemade books.
One story tells about Detective Spike, an imaginary giraffe that solves the mystery of Mrs. Chicken's missing sister, Ms. Penny. Ms. Penny has been kidnapped by two kidnappers. The kidnappers are Paul Jones the Polar bear, and Susie the Sheep. Ms. Penny was kidnapped and put into the cellar. The two kidnappers were after her rare jewels that she purchased in Africa, after a safari tour of the country. Detective Spike and his assistant Billy the Zoo keeper solved the mystery after finding the clues left behind.
Brian Wenstrand used a fabricated video camera to photograph clues during Junior Detective Club class.
Time is also spent observing surroundings, decoding and composing special messages. The sleuths keep a journal for recording clues and draw crime scenes with chalk and analyze them. They play games such as Mystery Box, Telephone and I Spy.
A junior detective drew a chalk crime scene unlike any you would ever see in real life. The scene boards were used to portray what the detectives saw and wanted to express in their stories.
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