forensic activities for kidsMany gifted children tend to be quite fond of mystery stories. They also tend to be interested in other areas of science. It’s no surprise to learn that many love forensic science and enjoy forensic activities. Forensic science helps solve crimes. In other words, it is what is used to solve real-life mystery stories. Kids who love mystery books and are interested in learning how forensic science helps solve crimes will love these books that explain how and  include fun activities that enhance learning.


 


Science Fair Winners: Crime Scene Science: 20 Projects and Experiments about Clues, Crimes, Criminals, and Other Mysterious Things (Paperback)


Crime Scene Science that puts you inside the head—and the toolbox—of modern-day experts in crime solving. Slip under the yellow crime-scene tape to conduct your own experiments: you’ll soon be detecting, inspecting, and connecting the dots of forensic science. Investigate rates of human decomposition; find out what makes fingerprints unique; identify handwriting traits; and discover the secrets of paper fiber analysis.

Each workshop includes suggestions on effective presentation at science fairs, taking experiments one step further, and using science vocabulary correctly. Talk the talk, and walk the walk, your crime scene is this way, Detective.

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Ages 8 and up
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CSI Expert!: Forensic Science for Kids (Paperback)


This book is designed for use in classrooms, but homeschooling parents can use it. When students are asked to take fingerprints or dental impressions of classmates, children at home (homeschooled or not) can take them of their siblings or parents. Parents can easily follow the instructions provided for teachers to set up crime scenes as needed. Through the25 activities on fingerprinting, evidence collection, blood-stain identification, forensic careers, ballistics, and more, kids can learn about the ways in which forensic science is used to solve crimes. Karen Schultz, the author of this book, has presented her forensic science curriculum at gifted conferences, so you know she knows what gifted children love – and need.

Ages 9 to 12

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Detective Science: 40 Crime-Solving, Case-Breaking, Crook-Catching Activities for Kids (Paperback)


This book combines discussions of forensic science techniques with projects that reinforce learning. For instance, the first technique discussed is observation. It seems simple enough, but the author explains the importance of observation in collecting all the evidence. The explanation is followed by a couple of projects that not only encourage children to use their powers of observation, but illustrate how observation works to gather evidence (and how passing of time can affect memory). After the discussion on the importance of observation, the book moves on to discuss the various other crime-solving forensic techniques, such as using biology (teeth, bones, DNA, decomposition, etc.), paper trails, and chemistry to explore what has been left at a crime scene.

Ages 9 and up

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Crime Scene Investigations: Real-Life Science Labs For Grades 6-12 (Paperback)


When most of us think of forensic science, we think about things like fingerprints, blood marks, DNA analysis, and maybe even tire tracks. But what about writing? Or archeology? Or art? What makes this book unique is that the lessons are grouped together according to what kind of science is used: physical sciences, life sciences, earth sciences. The first section is about critical thinking skills in crime scene and evidence analysis. In addition, each of the 68 lessons show a tie in to a specific field, such as math, biology, sociology, physics, criminology, art, writing, and more.

The book does cover the usual fingerprinting and other techniques most of us are aware of, but it also covers the lesser known techniques such as those that tell scientists about glass fractures and glass identification. The book says it’s for grades 6-12, but some younger kids will appreciate this book.

Ages 11 to 18

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FORENSICS: UNCOVER THE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY OF CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (Inquire and Investigate) (Paperback)


Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation introduces students to the fascinating world of forensic science and shows them how to find clues, analyze evidence, and crack the case.

Combining hands-on activities with forensic science, kids will have fun learning about the world of forensics, evidence collection, and crime lab analysis. Entertaining illustrations and fascinating sidebars
illuminate the topic and bring it to life, reinforcing new vocabulary.

Projects include documenting a crime scene, identifying fingerprints, analyzing blood spatter, and extracting DNA. Additional materials include a glossary and a list of current reference works, websites, museums, and science centers.
Ages 12-15, but younger kids might enjoy it.
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Forensic Science Toys for Curious Kids

Bring out the forensic scientist in your child with these toys and kits based on forensic science. With all the television shows focusing on CSIs (Crime Scene Investigations), it’s no surprise that many people, young and old, are interested in forensic science. But even before gifted kids are old enough …
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Many gifted children tend to be quite fond of mystery stories. They also tend to be interested in other areas of science. It's no surprise to learn that many love forensic science and enjoy forensic activities. Forensic science helps solve crimes. In other words, it is what is used...