End of Program Celebration: Spy a Celebration!

Bulletin Board

Spy a Good Book!

Put the caption, "Spy a Good Book!" on the bulletin board in large letters. At the end of this chapter are patterns for a spyglass, a magnifying glass, and a mini-book. Duplicate and distribute copies of mini-book patterns to the children and let them use a marker to write the title of a favorite book or the title of the very first book they remember reading. After they have had a chance to decorate or color their mini-book, place it on the bulletin board. Copy and cut out the spyglass and magnifying glass patterns and place them throughout the bulletin board, or use them to make a border. The bulletin board may also include the staff's favorite books.

Display

Spy Stuff

Use the book, Lu and Clancy's Spy Stuff by Adrienne Mason as the main display book or select another similar title. Surround the book with items that are considered "spy stuff" like a magnifying glass, a spy hat, binoculars, etc. If you have magazines with pictures of spy stuff, cut out the pictures and mount them on poster board to use as part of the display.

Nametags

Camera & binoculars.

Books to Display and Booktalk

  • The Amazing Life of Moe Berg: Catcher, Scholar, Spy by Tricia Andryszewski.
  • Baby Einstein: See and Spy Shapes by Julie Aigner-Clark.
  • Commander Toad and the Intergalactic Spy by Jane Yolen.
  • Crime-Solving Science Projects: Forensic Science Experiments by Kenneth G. Rainis.
  • Criminal Investigation by Chris Woodford.
  • Case Closed: The Real Scoop on Detective Work by Milton Meltzer.
  • Espionage and Treason by John Ziff.
  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation by Dynise Balcavage.
  • Forensic Science: Evidence, Clues and Investigation by Andrea Campbell.
  • I Spy in the Jungle by Damon Burnard.
  • I Spy Little Letters by Jean Marzollo.
  • I Spy Treasure Hunt: A Book of Picture Riddles by Jean Marzollo.
  • Lu and Clancy's Spy Stuff by Adrienne Mason.
  • Owen Foote, Super Spy by Martha Weston.
  • Police Detective by Tracey Boraas.
  • Secret Agents: Life As a Professional Spy by Claudia B. Manley.
  • Solving Crimes: Pioneers of Forensic Science by Ron Fridell.
  • The Spy on Third Base by Matt Christopher.

Refreshments

Make mystery cupcakes with an unexpected "mystery ingredient" such as a jellybean, a gumdrop, a tootsie roll, etc. Ask kids to guess what is in their cupcake. Add food coloring to various drinks and serve purple milk, blue lemonade, and/or red water.

Music

Play soundtracks from the Austin Powers movies.

Songs

Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone

Where, oh where has my little dog gone?


Oh where, oh where can he be?


With his ears cut short and his tail cut long,


Oh where, oh where can he be?

Here We Go Round the Mystery Trail

(Sing to Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush.)

Here we go round the mystery trail, mystery trail, mystery trail,


Here we go round the mystery trail, so early in the morning.

This is the way we wear our hats, wear our hats, wear our hats,


This is the way we wear our hats, while we walk on our mystery trail.

This is the way we hold our spy glass, hold our spy glass, hold our spy glass,


This is the way we hold our spy glass, as we walk on our mystery trail.

This is the way we search for clues, search for clues, search for clues,


This is the way we search for clues, as we walk on our mystery trail.

This is the way we close the case, close the case, close the case,


This is the way we close the case, cause a mystery we have solved!

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Found a Peanut

(Sing to the tune of "Clementine". After singing this song, give each child a handful of shelled peanuts. Set a basket a few feet away and let the children toss the peanuts into the basket. Fill a large jar with peanuts and let them guess how many are in the jar. The winner gets to keep the jar of peanuts.)

Found a peanut, found a peanut, found a peanut just now,


Just now I found a peanut, found a peanut just now.

Cracked it open, cracked it open, cracked it open just now,


Just now I cracked it open, cracked it open just now.

It was rotten, it was rotten, it was rotten just now,


Just now it was rotten, it was rotten just now.

Ate it anyway, ate it anyway, ate it anyway just now,


Just now I ate it anyway, ate it anyway just now.

ot a stomachache, got a stomachache, got a stomachache just now,


Just now I got a stomachache, got a stomachache just now.

Called the doctor, called the doctor, called the doctor just now,


Just now I called the doctor, called the doctor just now.

Penicillin, penicillin, penicillin just now,


Just now I took penicillin, penicillin just now.

Operation, operation, operation just now,


Just now an operation, an operation just now.

Died anyway, died anyway, died anyway just now,


Just now I died anyway, died anyway just now.

Went to heaven, went to heaven, went to heaven just now,


Just now I went to heaven, went to heaven just now.

Wouldn't take me, wouldn't take me, wouldn't take me just now,


Just now Heaven wouldn't take me, wouldn't take me just now.

Went the other way, went the other way, went the other way just now,


Just now I went the other way, went the other way just now.

Didn't want me, didn't want me, didn't want me just now,


Just now they didn't want me, didn't want me just now.

Was a dream, was a dream, was a dream just now,


Just now it was a dream, was a dream, just now.

Then I woke up, then I woke up, then I woke up just now,


Just now I woke up, I woke up just now.

Found a peanut, found a peanut, found a peanut just now,


Just now I found a peanut, found a peanut just now.

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Games and Activities

Catch a Mystery Fishing Booth

Make a fishing booth out of a large box decorated with a water scene. Make a fishing pole out of bamboo. Tie string to one end and attach a clothes pin to the other end. Ask local stores for donations of toys and books. One adult stands in the front calling out "toddler boy or girl", "preschool boy or girl", etc. One or two adults are behind the booth attaching the "fish" to the pole. Kids of all ages can fish for prizes.

Beanie Baby Mystery Toss

Gather three buckets decorated with question marks, several beanie babies or bean bags, masking tape, and stickers. Make a line on the ground with the masking tape. Line up the buckets, each a little farther away from the line than the other. Let each child toss several beanie babies into the buckets. Give each child a sticker for playing, whether they get the beanie babies into a bucket or not.

Newspaper Mystery Sculpture

Make a stack of rolled newspaper in advance by rolling full sheets of newspaper from one corner diagonally to the other corner as tightly as possible. Secure them with tape. Let the kids use these newspaper rolls to build sculptures. What will they be? It will be a mystery! A suggestion is to divide the group into two teams with each team working independently of the other. When both teams are finished, each will have three tries at guessing what the other has built.

Mystery Face Painting

Gather washable face paints, very thin brushes, a palette, and a mirror. Paint whiskers, exaggerated eyebrows, hearts, etc., on the children's faces. Ask them to guess what has been painted on their faces. Then, let the children look in the mirror.

Mystery Book Walk

This is like a cake walk but instead of winning a cake, children win a mystery book. You will need masking tape, a CD player and musical CD, cards with numbers written on them, and mystery books to give away. A good choice for music is the theme from Spy Kids Motion Picture Soundtrack. Use masking tape to make a path for the book walk and lines between the sections. Tape a number to each section. Also place each of the numbers into a box. The children begin by standing in a numbered section. When the music starts playing, they stroll around the book walk. When the music stops, they must stop moving. Have one of them pull a number from a box. The child standing in that numbered section gets a book as a prize.

Catch the Spy

This is like the game of "Red Light Green Light". Select one child to be the "spy". Line up all other children behind a masking tape line. The spy will be facing away from the participants. Spy says "green light" and the children start to walk towards the spy. Spy says "red light" and the children must stop. If a child continues to walk when spy says "red light", then that child is out. The first child to reach the spy becomes the new spy.

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Assignment: Secret Message Relay Race

Divide participants into two teams. Give the first child on each team a spoon and a ping-pong ball. A secret message must be delivered. The first team to successfully deliver the message accomplishes their mission. The ping-pong ball is the secret message. The child must reach the masking tape marker on the other side of the room, walk back to the line, and hand the spoon with the ping-pong ball to the next child. If a child drops the ball, he/she must pick it up and count to ten before proceeding. The first team of children to complete the secret assignment wins.

Stolen Goods

The children are on a mission. They must recover a bag of stolen goods and get it to a secret chamber without using their hands. To do this, they walk from a designated spot holding a blown balloon (bag of stolen goods) between their knees and then drop the balloon in a bucket or basket (secret chamber). Give each child a balloon as a prize.

Craft

Create a Spy Profile

Each participant should bring a photograph, like a school picture, for this project.

Materials

  • Card stock
  • White paper
  • Markers
  • Stapler

Directions

Distribute a sheet of card stock, size 8 ½" X 5 ½" and ask the children to fold it in half. They should have a passport size cover. Distribute two sheets of white paper, 8 ½" X 5 ½" to each participant and ask them to fold these in half. These will fit inside the cover. Next, staple the middle to give the appearance of a small booklet. Each participant will decorate their cover any way they want, tape their photo on the inside cover, and write their name and age on page 1. They will then place one fingerprint on page 2, make up a secret code for page 3, make up a secret code name and write it on page 4. Their spy profile is complete. They may include additional sheets of paper for other items like lip prints, etc.

Audio Recordings

  • Austin Powers: Spy Who Shagged Me: Music from the Motion Picture by Various Artists.
  • Hey Ludwig: Classical Piano Solos for Playful Times by R. Louchard.
  • Singable Songs for the Very Young by Raffi.
  • Spy Kids Motion Picture Soundtrack by Various Artists.

Video

Arthur's Mystery Files. (18 minutes)



Texas Reading Club 2003 Programming Manual / Mission Possible Spy Book!


Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

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