We've borrowed the opening line from Enid Blyton's Five Find-Outers story, the Mystery of the Invisible Thief. Use the printable to spark your child's imagination and see what sort of story they come up with. Why not then read the original book and compare?
Enid Blyton's Mystery series, also known as the Five Find-Outers series, were absolutely my favourite books when I was child! Frederick Algernon Trotterville (otherwise known, because of his initials, as Fatty) was my hero, and I longed for a mystery to get my teeth into so that I could be like him!
The Five Find-Outers are Fatty, Larry, Daisy, Pip, Bets and Fatty's dog, Buster. The children specialise in solving crimes in the village of Peterswood, annoying the silly policeman Mr Goon but always winning the praise of Inspector Jenks when they solve their cases. They do all the necessary detective work - looking for clues, wearing disguises, interviewing suspects - and solving cases!
Help to solve the Mystery of the Word Search! Where are all the Five Find-Outers' names and words hidden in this puzzle?
We can think of many ways of useing the three versions of this footprint frame below - blank, lined and "story" lines with space for a picture too. We've been inspired by the Mystery stories of Enid Blyton!
Children love putting on a disguise - and it's even more fun if they've made the disguise themselves! Here we have instructions to make your own pair of wacky glasses, moustache and beard. Of course no-one could possibly recognise you once this disguise is on!
Many children's mystery and adventure stories have a secret message in the plot - and here's some paper that the kids can use for their very own secret messages!
We have two versions of this fun matching puzzle, with which children can practice their mystery-solving skills! These is only one pair of matching shoe-prints in the puzzle. Can they find them? We've made the second version a bit harder by providing both right and left feet.
This fun printable activity was inspired by the Five Find-Outer books by Enid Blyton and master of disguises, Frederick Algernon Trotteville! But of course they are fun for any occasion. Younger children might need some help cutting out the disguises in this 5-page printable.