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By Gillian Ravenscroftscience coordinator and freelance writer

Encourage children to play detective and identify the thief who stole Mrs Callisto’s laptop with a series of science investigations

Illustration of a policeman


Don’t forget, members can access the fantastic Interactive resource , ‘Whodunnit? The case of the stolen laptop’. This interactive crime scene will bring the investigations to life for children.

The investigations can also be carried out using the Poster and Activity sheets that are available to all readers.

Conducting forensic investigations to solve a ‘Whodunnit?’ gives children a realistic context in which to make systematic observations and then draw conclusions. The activities that follow link to a fictitious crime committed in a school setting. You can use the crime scene Interactive resource , ‘Whodunnit? The case of the stolen laptop’ (members only) – complete with Chief Inspector Hill, crime scene and suspects – to progress through the investigation, or use the downloadable Poster and Activity sheets (all readers).

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  1. Sadie
    on 22 May 2020

    It says the resources are free

    All through the teaching aid, the kids were getting increasingly excited, but when it came to downloading the resources we discovered that they were not infact free PDF's despite three different sources saying that they were.

    Scholastic: Hi Sadie, I sorry that you were unable to access the PDF resources. We have now made these resources free to access so you should be able to download them. Best wishes, Hannah

    1out of 5
  2. felix
    on 22 February 2017


    good but need help

    2out of 5
  3. lynnediane
    on 20 March 2015


    Brilliant! We have just spent the entire morning carrying out the investigation and taking notes. The children have really enjoyed it - they made crime scene boards and this afternoon, we are going to write up our reports, as junior detectives. The only problem I have encountered - I can't find the whodunnit button, to send an email naming the culprit. Otherwise, an outstanding activity.

  4. bloom
    on 22 March 2014


    i love this thing