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Whodunnit Detective Spy Scope Lab Review and Giveaway {closed}

My family and I had the opportunity to review Edmund Scientifics Whodunnit Detective Spy Scope Lab and had an absolute blast with it!

Whodunnit Detective Spy Scope Lab

What our little investigators could do:

The Whodunnit™ Experiments Guide provided detailed instruction on how to collect evidence, analyze clues and eliminate suspects based on the gathered data to solve various crime scenarios and be a super sleuth!  Following these clues and trying to solve these cases was both challenging and fun! The experiments we were able to choose from were:

  • Fingerprinting
  • Blood Analysis
  • Forgery
  • Liquid detection
  • and more!

3 Reasons We Loved the Whodunnit Lab

It worked well with multiple ages. In our homeschool we have a kindergartener, first grader, and eighth grader. Under our supervision, our oldest set the labs up and her two younger brothers took turns doing each experiment. This not only allowed a broad range of students to enjoy the experiment, it also fostered cohesion amongst our children by working together. A win-win for our homeschool!

The variety of experiments. We were very impressed with the variety of experiments this lab provided. The children were able to do experiments and learn about: Fingerprints Blood Spatter Hair and Fiber Writing and Ink Fraud Detection Acid Liquids Making their own prepared slides

The fun crime solving activities. The children really enjoyed the slant on the experiments of being a “crime solving” mystery. It not only was fun for them, but it gave them the ability to follow many rabbit trails. It was a lot of fun!

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Award winner!

This microscope is the perfect Beginner Microscope Kit and we are not the only group that thinks so!  It is the winner of the Creative Child Magazines’ Top Toy of the Year Award for 2013!

What Comes In Your Kit

Microscope specifications:
  • 10X Eyepiece
  • 4X, 10X, 40X Objectives
  • Dual LED / Black light illumination
  • Dual focusing knobs
  • Disc Diaphragm
  • Real optical glass lenses
Accessory kit has 70 assorted accessories for hours of fun scientific research including:
  • Evidence bag
  • Confidential envelope
  • pH paper
  • Evidence cards
  • Writing card
  • Blood spatter card
  • Ink pad
  • Magnifier
  • Blower
  • Cotton / Nylon / Wool / Silk and Linen samples
  • Metal forcepsWhodunnit Detective Spy Scope
  • Poly gloves (4 ea)
  • 5 blank Microscope slides
  • Cover slips
  • Slide labels
  • 4 prepared slides
  • Red “stain”
  • Blue “stain”
  • Petri dish
  • Plastic test tube
  • Mini flashlight with battery
  • Doctor’s mask
  • Police Tape
  • Microscope user’s manual
  • And more!

The microscope that comes with this kit is a classroom quality instrument. The microscope, used with the black light, helps kids study the evidence they’ve collected just like professional forensic investigators do. The kit is even more fun because the students get to go “undercover,” search for clues, and solve mysteries! The guide that comes in the kit explains just how to collect the evidence, analyze clues, and eliminate suspects to solve various crimes. I would recommend this kit for any homeschoolers that have children who enjoy science. This was a wonderful addition to our science-rich homeschool, and we are so glad we had the opportunity to use it! The kit costs $109.95.  It would make a great Christmas or birthday present! You can get more information or purchase your kit here.


Buy it:

You can purchase the Whodunnit Detective Spy Scope from Edmund Scientifics for $109.95. Edmund is graciously offering HHM readers an exclusive gift of a Periodic Table Pen just for ordering the Spy Scope. IMPORTANT NOTE: In order to receive this exclusive gift, you must put the Whodunnit Detective Spy Scope AND the Periodic Table Pen in your cart, and then enter the promotional code HHMSGG. Only one promotional code may be used with each order. Offer good through 11/27/2013. These promotions cannot be combined with any other offers.


Win it:

One lucky reader will receive one Whodunnit Detective Spy Scope from Edmund Scientifics. Enter below.
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Disclosure: One HHM team member received the Whodunnit Detective Spy Scope to review in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. My kids love to play games that they need to use clues to find the answers. This would be a perfect gift. What a great fun learning tool!

  2. My son and his friends have a “detective agency” that they do when they get together and solve “cases” they would LOVE this!

  3. My kids love hiding clues around the house for each other, then giving hints to find everything. This would make great science lessons for my son that hates sitting still.

  4. This looks super fun!We could invent and solve all kinds of Castle-esque mysteries around the house. Beckett better watch out.

  5. This would be fantastic for homeschooling, It would really spark their interest-sometimes the hardest part of teaching. My kids enjoy figuring things out, they would love the hands on techniques they would learn with this set.

  6. I am trying to encourage my boys to predict multiple outcomes, just to encourage their curiosity and the what ifs. Sometimes he gets stuck thinking of new possibilities, and this would be awesome.

  7. While my daughter doesn’t play at crime solving on a regular basis, who isn’t interested in forensic science? I have no doubt that she would love this microscope. She’s always begged for one!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. My son would love this! Both my kids enjoy being detectives. They pull out the magnifying glass and a pad of paper to solve mysteries. Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. My daughter who LOVES science (her words) would really enjoy solving these mysteries. What a wonderful way to learn!! Also, we would enjoy using the microscope for other projects. It is a win win!

  10. My kids are just beginning to realize that there is more to the world around them than just what they can see. This would be a wonderful and exciting tool. Special thanks to everyone involved for giving away such a nice and useful tool!

    1. Forgot the how we’d use it…DD has been asking for a microscope for several months now. She wants to look at anything and everything up close – leaves, flowers, water droplets, food, germs, you name it.

  11. My kids love mysteries and science. The oldest went to a CSI-type camp this summer and is itching for more activities like the ones he completed there. The next one has big plans to be a spy, and finds “mysteries” in the woods near out house. (And the youngest two get excited about everything that excites their big brother and sister!) I’ve been looking for something just like this and I’m glad to see it reviewed!

  12. My middle child would LOVE to have a kit like this; he loves all things science. They’re in the “let’s create crystals” stage now.

  13. We just learned about fingerprints this week! This would be a fun follow up! One question though: are any of the crime scenarios gruesome or explicit? When I see “blood splatter” as one of the experiments, it’s makes me wonder. LOL

  14. My kids love to be pretend investigate 🙂 We could use this to learn about using microscopes and also fingerprinting, bacteria, anything you would see under a slide, etc. This is a great gift idea 🙂

  15. What a great way to get everyone involved. It can be difficult to keep everyone’s interest when schooling kids that vary in age. This looks links a lot of educational fun for everyone!

  16. My daughter loves to pretend she is a detective. While I was brushing her teeth tonight, she said she may be a special detective with a canine someday. I would definitely use this at home on our home days and with my middle school students at our University Model School.

  17. My children enjoy playing games, I know they would love incorporating a crime scene investigation into their play(and it is great that they are learning too).

  18. We went to the local police station and “toured” the mobile crime scene truck, since then my son’s been crazy for investigating.

  19. My kiddos love mysteries and finding things out. Anything hands on that helps them do that is always a plus.

  20. My girls love to pretend they are investigating mysteries this would be fantastic! I can see it now the mystery of cells!

  21. My kids are barely getting into “detective work,” but they love to imagine and pretend. I have often wondered how I’ll decide which microscope to get when I need to. This looks great!

  22. My 8 year old science loving girls would absolutely love this! We’ve been looking around for a quality microscope for our homeschool. And coincidentally, our Girl Scout troop is considering working towards their Detective Badge. This would be perfect!

  23. My 9 year old daughter loves science and investigating, she would love this kit! Our science curriculum is sadly a little lacking in the super fun, hands on mystery-solving activities that this kit would really spark her interest, as well as her 8 year old brother’s. Thank you for the opportunity to win this and for letting me know it’s out there

  24. This looks awesome! A great micrscope, plus you get to play detective? This will be a great surprise to whomever wins!

  25. Our boys haven’t really played detective as far as crimes but love looking at nature items in more detail. Our microscope isn’t the best. I know they would love a better one.

  26. My children love to be detectives and investigate everything! This would be the impetus for me to put together a unit study on detective science.

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