Monday, October 31, 2011

SGSG-MindWare Forensic Detective's Toolkit For Kids-Review and Giveaway!!




What kind of toys and games make the best gifts for kids? Educational ones, that's what! I really enjoy being able to find a unique toy or game that is not just fun, but also teaches the child who receives it. I recently discovered a really great place to shop for just such toys, called MindWare, and I was excited when they agreed to a review and giveaway. I chose the Forensic Science Detective's Toolkit for my review. Each of the children are really interested in detective/investigative books (Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Trixie Belden, etc) so this was the perfect choice. The kit comes in a box designed to look like a briefcase, and is packed with all sorts of neat tools. 




A couple weeks ago for our "girls night" we decided to make it detective night, and played a Nancy Drew game on the PC, then pulled out this kit for some hands-on experience. We started out with fingerprinting. Each of the girls used the ink-pad and fingerprint cards (included) to record their prints. Once that was done, it was time to pull out the magnifying glass and discover what type of fingerprint they have. The book that comes with this set includes a lot of information, including a section of fingerprints, so they had a great time checking their prints with the 6 types shown in the book. 





Next M and M tried out the detective multi-function pen, which features a whistle, morse code alphabet, measuring stick, cartridge for writing with "invisible" ink, and a "UV" LED light to read the messages!




Not only is this the morse code alphabet, but you can also hide a secret message in this compartment...or whistle for help on the "lid" sticking up!
A measuring stick!
M also set up a little "crime scene" on the table, and used the evidence markers to notate useful pieces of "evidence".




They are already planning the next Detective night, and have asked to do the footprint plaster next time!


"MindWare is an award-winning creator, manufacturer, and distributor of Brainy Toys for Kids of All Ages. Our diverse product line includes games, puzzles, brainteasers, arts and crafts activities, mysteries, mazes and more. Our goal is to place high quality toys that teach and entertain into the hands of children and adults. Our founder, Jeanne Voigt, started MindWare in 1990 with a small retail store in the Uptown area of Minneapolis. From there, the company has evolved into a cataloger, web retailer and distributor. MindWare mails catalogs to consumers and educators throughout the United States."


One of my readers will win a Forensic Science Detective's Toolkit!!







38 comments:

  1. entered infrashine styling iron giveaway
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  2. entered crest strips giveaway
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  3. My boys would love the Build It Monster Truck
    kissyjensen at gmail dot com

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  4. My boys would love the cool tools workshop!

    mikebelindaconnor at hotmail dot com

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  5. I like Qwirkle
    ryanac32 at yahoo dot com

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  6. my son would love the Spy Surveillance Gear
    The Ultimate Spy Toy

    cshell090869@aol.com

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  7. My kids would LOVE the Recycled Robot Kit, here:http://www.mindware.com/p/Recycled-Robot-Kits-Set-of-3/45009

    frazzledmomma@livingwithlogan.com

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  8. I think they would love the ReCon Rover.
    tarter95 at hotmail dot com

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  9. The Play and Freeze Ice Cream Maker would be a great gift! I am sure the kids would love it:)

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  10. The Play & Freeze Ice Cream maker

    nineteen19 at blackfoot dot net

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  11. my son would love the recon rover!

    hazel
    hwilcox2008@gmail.com

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  12. my son would love the
    Build It Monster Truck


    tanyacantrell2 at yahoo dot com

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  13. I like the 4-in-1 Cool Tool Workshop.

    debbi dot diamondgrove at gmail dot com

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  14. the Dig It Up Mini Excavation Kit would be great for my daughter

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  15. I entered the Infrashine Styling Iron giveaway.

    debbi dot diamondgrove at gmail dot com

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  16. I entered the Coldstone giveaway.

    debbi dot diamondgrove at gmail dot com

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  17. My son would love the Remote Control Machines (olomon@hotmail.com)

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  18. The play and freeze ice cream maker!

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  19. My daughter would love the Perfume and Cosmetic Science kit. cwitherstine at zoominternet dot net

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  20. My son would love the Remote Control Machines

    delcodealdiva@yahoo.com

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  21. My boys would love the Marble Run.

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  22. My kids would like the build in monster truck
    sunniewoodyplus2 atmsn.com

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  23. My son would love the Recon Rover. He is into all of the SpyGear stuff. We had to confiscate his listening device last Christmas season when we caught him listening on a "gift" conversation! Thanks!

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  24. My son would love the Cool Tool Workshop!

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  25. I think the youngest of the sibs would love this or the Weird and Wacky Contraption lab.

    Haha I probably would've nagged my mom for this set if it was around when I was a kid.

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  26. I really like the Microscope Set.

    frugalmommieof2 at gmail dot com

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  27. We'd also love the Imaginets!! Thanks for the giveaway!

    amanda_l_peters@hotmail.com

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  28. My boys would like the game Qwirkle.

    kristen_yeh at yahoo dot com

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  29. I visited the website, but it is the detective kit that my son would like.

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  30. My son and his best friend want K'nects for the holidays.

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  31. Let's Play School Set
    poniabaum at gmail dot com

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