Alright, so last week I told you guys about the Prep Work for Spy Academy…Today I will tell you what we did in the first two weeks!
Remember, Spy Academy is a four week program, running for an hour once a week. I have it open for ages 6-11 and the biggest thing was that I needed the kids to be able to read.
At the beginning of week 1 I gave each child a top secret envelope (seen in previous post). This contains all of the materials they will need for that week. I had multiple pieces of paper in their folders so I printed on different colors. We had one piece of paper that had our list of missions for the days and check boxes that they could mark off when MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!
MATERIALS NEEDED: Paper, laminate, magnetic nametag backers, nametag sheet from Spy Handbook
(I know I already shared this but there’s no harm in doing it again)
I had these slips of paper cut up and put into two different dishes. Each kid picked one of each and combined them to create their code name. Some of my favorites were Stealthy Tuna, Tabasco Ivory, Cockroach Ruby, and Curious Retriever! We then labeled EVERYTHING with their code name (folders, nametags, etc.)
I mentioned last week that I got nametags from the essential Spy Handbook from Birthday Blueprint.
MATERIALS NEEDED: Stamp pads, children who don’t mind getting messy, Fingerprinting sheet from aforementioned Spy Handbook
So there are like 8 thousand different ways to do fingerprinting on pinterest but I just decided to go with the laziest way and use some stamp pads we already had. This resulted in very colorful fingerprinting and also a lot of colorful fingers because it didn’t exactly match up. Would I use stamp pads again? Likely. Do I recommend you use stamp pads? Not really.
This was really cool because we were able to look at the differences in our own fingers and with the spies sitting around us.
CRACK THE CODE
MATERIALS NEEDED: Scissors, fasteners, awesome brain skillz
It is necessary for every great spy to know codes! We brushed on Morse code but it was really complicated for a majority of the kids. Nevertheless, they wrote their names and got to take home a morse code decoder sheet to practice at home.
We also made decoders! The one I printed out and we used wasn’t awesome but I found this one that looks promising. They used a pin and an eraser but fasteners will work just fine.
And that concludes week 1!
For week 2 I had their folders filled with our missions for the second week, as well as a cool little button I made for each of them. These buttons are made with a 1.5″ button maker. Here is an editable google drive file for you to print and make your own!
Our theme this week was all about getting up and moving as well as TEAMWORK! (because, as Stealthy Tuna reminded me, spies often work with partners)
DETONATE THE BOMB
MATERIALS NEEDED: Black balloons, a lot of lung power, and little trinkets/things to put in your “bomb” balloons
I first pinned this idea from The Porters but it is everywhere when looking for spy academy ideas. So this next part might get confusing so bear with me:
I had 4 different teams. Each teams mission was to find the 4 different “bombs”. Which means that there were 24 bombs and the rest were just empty balloons. They were to find the four different bombs by shaking and seeing if they sounded different. Each bomb sounded different when shook, which is how they were to find only their bombs and not any other teams. Inside of the bombs were: glitter, another blown up (red) balloon, a mini compass toy, and a piece of paper with a secret message. All in all, this was actually pretty successful! Some teams found duplicates of bombs but that is okay, they still had fun!
And their secret message? It had their order number for our next activity:
MATERIALS NEEDED: Streamers, tape
Their mission was to get across once on their own without tearing the streamers. This proved to be a little bit too easy. So, their second mission was to get through holding the hand of one of their teammates! This was a lot more fun and difficult.
MATERIALS NEEDED: Lemons/lemon juice, paintbrushes, paper
While the teams weren’t doing the obstacle course they were in the other room writing secret codes with invsible ink. I just had lemon juice and paintbrushes set out and they went to town. When they were done creating invisible ink messages they could make decoded messages from the week before or create their own code and message. I also had this message left behind which isn’t technically in code but it still very adorable.
And that concludes the first two weeks of Spy Academy! Check back next week after we have our final week!