(This game takes longer
to complete and may be more suitable for a classroom setting.)
- Participants each have to make a mystery box. Find a suitable box.
On the outside of the box, draw or paste magazine pictures of
characters, settings, and objects related to a crime they have in
mind. Cover the box completely. They can make it more difficult
if they add more characters, or more than one setting.
- Then add the name of a crime to the outside, such as snowmobile
theft, kidnapping, break and entry, etc.: it can be written on a piece
of paper, or made with letters cut from a magazine or newspaper.
- Now put a clue inside the box. They may write it on a piece of
paper or put an object into the box, like a hammer, a letter, etc.
(Do not put anything of value into the box.)
- When the boxes are complete, participants exchange their box with
- They then try to create, either orally or in writing, the mystery
story that is suggested by the box. They may introduce additional
characters and supply further detail, but they must use all the
information that is on the outside and inside of the box.