When my husband and I were in London in 2012, we visited a pub dedicated to Sherlock Holmes, which had a room set up like a museum. Sherlock Holmes is a fictional private detective created by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Referring to himself as a “consulting detective” in the stories, Holmes is known for his proficiency with observation, forensic science, and logical reasoning that borders on the fantastic, which he employs when investigating cases for a wide variety of clients, including Scotland Yard.
I have been doing a lot of sensory bins for my country units because my girls LOVE them – even the toddler (with close observation) likes to get her little hands involved. This month was no exception, and I thought it would be fun to add a detective theme and channel our inner Sherlock Holmes.
How much fun is this? My daughter is wearing a old trench coat I had and my hubby’s glasses – she thought it was fun to dress up, lol.
We started with a base of dried pinto beans for a brown rocky look. I then added some faux metal scatter you can purchase at Hobby Lobby – Clock gears and vintage looking keys. They are usually found near the scrapbooking supplies.
I also threw a handful of assorted sizes of googly eyes to add a mysterious feel as well as black die-cut black mustaches. I originally purchased my mustaches on eBay, but you could probably find some on etsy or at your local craft shop.
Next I arranged doll house miniatures of things that people had during this Victorian time. A newspaper, a felt hat, violin, world globe, typewriter, lantern, telephone, boots, clock, trunk, etc.
I made a list of these items and had my daughter try to find them. I didn’t tell her what the old fashion versions looked like, but she found all of them, which I thought was pretty good for not having been cued.
After she found them all, she wanted me to put them back and find them again. What a fun activity!