Game of Clue(s)!
In this getting-to-know-you detective game, each child writes down four clues about him- or herself, which are given to another student. Then, junior sleuths puzzle out who their mystery person is!
What You Need
What to Do
1. Before playing the game, make copies of the Clue sheets, Detective Notes, Top Secret labels, and Wanted and Detective badges.
2. Assemble Top Secret manila envelopes by pasting a Top Secret and Wanted label on each, making sure you have enough to give one to each student in your class. Affix a photo of each student to a Detective badge.
3. Hand out a Detective badge, one Detective Notes sheet, and one set of clue sheets to each student. Tell them they will write down four clues about themselves (favorite color, book, etc.) and place them in a manila envelope. Number the envelopes and assign a number to each student so that you know which student is represented in which envelope.
4. Randomly distribute the Top Secret envelopes, making sure students don’t receive their own. Then, have kids take out the clues they find in their envelopes and start making notes. They might, for example, rule out several kids who don’t like the color red if the clue says the person likes blue, or put others on a list of possible suspects who love dogs or hamburgers.
5. Once students have narrowed down their lists and decided on a suspect, have them venture a guess. If they don’t guess correctly the first time, have them guess a couple more times. (The mystery people who have been correctly identified should step aside to narrow the field of suspects.) If students are still struggling after two or three guesses, allow them to ask the remaining students a few revealing questions to narrow their suspect lists, such as “What’s your favorite color?”
6. Hint: In the days or weeks before you play the game, you may want to do a series of activities that reveal kids’ interests, so that classmates are familiar with one another’s likes and dislikes.