The CSI: Love Edition Date

Solve a Crime With the One You Love

Pretty much any night of the week you can find a crime show on TV. As entertaining as it is to see actors solve a crime… we think it’s a LOT more fun to solve one yourself! Get a group together (or just you and your sweetie) and join the case of CSI: Love Edition! This whole idea was inspired by a group date I went on to the CSI Experience in Las Vegas. I have never really watched the show so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Holy hannah! It was a BLAST!! THIS was the inspiration behind creating my OWN “CSI” adventure date so that my friends {…and all of YOU} could have the same experience without having to pay the big bucks! 🙂

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Being a teacher definitely comes with perks! We may not get paid enough, but getting free things here and there helps to “soften” the financial blow. {WINK} Nevada teachers were given the opportunity to go thru one session of The CSI Experience in downtown Las Vegas for free & we took them up on that offer!

We were given the choice of three possible crime scenes to examine and solve. We chose the most interesting one – a car that had driven through the living room of a house.

The driver was pronounced dead but there were some fishy things about the crime scene, there were bloody hand prints on the driver’s door, some bloody footprints, some blood on the couch, and a dent in the hood of the car… that could or could not have been made by a human body.  It definitely looked like the driver had gotten out of the car, yet he was still sitting in it!?!

After examining the crime scene, we were directed to mini-labs in which we would do “tests” which slowly got us closer and closer to solving the crime. We examined the footprints, questioned possible suspects, examined the DNA evidence, learned about “blood splatter”, and much more!

After the date, Jamie & I were amazed at how much fun we had!  I would never want to be a real detective – I don’t think I could handle all of the horrible things they have to see but I sure enjoyed trying to piece together what events led up to the {pretend} crime as well as how and why things happened. Jamie & I talked about how we could recreate this date for our friends for FREE! All we needed was a crime scene…

OK, so I just have to say that I couldn’t have pulled this off without my

SWEET

husband!  He kept coming up with the best ideas! At one point while trying to figure out “whodunnit” we had our

cute puppy

as the criminal and we were going to leave evidence like half of a

doggy treat

at the crime scene. Haha!! We were cracking ourselves up trying to think of what the crime was and who did it. 🙂 Thanks to my husband’s inspirational ideas I finally came up with a “fun” crime! 🙂 We had Joanna of

Cutify Creative

put our idea to paper with her 

PERFECT

printables!

First, the invite!  I always like a little suspense!  Even though my husband knew we were going to do a CSI date, I left this in his car the morning of…

I sent the invite to a few of our friends and we planned to have a homemade Cafe Rio night. We tried the recipe that Lisa M. recommended in her Bear River Lodge Date. You can find that recipe here. I assigned all of the girls something to bring. Since this was the first time any of us had made this we laughed when every girl showed up saying that she didn’t think her part turned out! 🙂 It turned out tasting delicious anyway.

I tried to make this date as easy as possible and used items we had around the house. I already did the hard part and created the entire crime & all of the handouts. {WINK} Here is a list of all of the things you will need to gather for your date:

MATERIALS NEEDED:

Prepping for this was pretty easy and quite fun!  🙂

1. First, gather all of your materials.

2. Print off the free downloads below, cut everything apart, and adhere all of the labels to your envelopes.

3. Take the shoe that supposedly belongs to the criminal, paint the bottom with washable paint, and carefully “stamp” it on the Footprint Analysis paper. If you use washable paint, and you are quick, it will wash right off the bottom of the shoe.  (HINT: When you are finished washing the paint off, if you are anything like me, you will have gotten the shoe wet in the process.  If your date takes place shortly, then you won’t want a wet shoe for everyone to examine.  Just swap it out for the other half of the pair.)

4.  Place all of the suspect statements, the handwriting samples, the fingerprint analysis, and the “Whodunnit?” paper into their correct folders.

5. Place the strips labeled “Owner of Shoe” into four shoes, with the word “Owner” sticking out. Make SURE that the strip that says, “Lois Price” on it is stuck into the shoe that stamped onto the Footprint Analysis paper.

6. Cut apart the “Crack The Case” cards & place them in a jar along with pencils or pens.

7. OPTIONAL:

Download the “

Sticky Fingers

” Activity & place the Student Worksheet in the CSI Training Folders – 1 per person. I had couples share a folder.  Also, place balloons in the folders.

(HINT: I would also use a stamp pad when doing your own fingerprints.  The “pencil trick” doesn’t work that great.  Just read the instructions on that paper and you will see what I am talking about.)

8. Create your crime scene, or in other words, place the victim & his injury (washable red paint or construction paper) preferably where your guests & spouse will see it first.  🙂

We have a great group of friends that are always game to go on our crazy group dates with us.  When they showed up, they were greeted by the actual crime scene!!  Everyone loved it and it was the perfect way to kick off the evening.

Poor Jack Tupp had been killed!!

Great start to a fun date. 🙂 After eating our yummy homemade Cafe Rio Pork Salad, we got down to biz-ness!

Hand out the “Sticky Fingers” activity to warm up your detective skills!

(Include balloons & pencils!)

This is an activity I found online for teachers to do with their students.  I found it SO fascinating, how different every fingerprint is, that I thought it would be neat for the couples to take their own prints to see what they look like.  You basically place your fingerprints on a balloon, using ink, and then blow it up to see an enlarged version of your prints!  THEN, each couple tries to solve a crime that happened at a local bakery, at which fingerprints were left behind.  It’s pretty interesting.  This part is totally optional!  You can do this to get everyone “warmed up” to solve the real crime or skip right to the action!  🙂

When your group is ready to start the actual solving of the crime…

Read aloud the “Crime Scene” & the bios of the Possible Suspects. (This is on the first page of the download.) Then – get the “Suspect Statement” envelope & hand out the statements to different people to read. The people in our group were HILARIOUS when reading those statements! Cute Lynsie started it off with a funny accent that cracked us up and then after that everyone changed their voice up in some way. Anjuli was last and I loved her expression when we told her that she had to do an accent as well.

I then pulled out the Crime Scene Evidence Envelope & everyone looked at that stuff. {You will need those items for the rest of the investigation.} We continued on, going through the different envelopes, checking out the evidence and talking about it each step of the way. I would suggest doing it in this order:

#1 – Suspect Statements
#2 – Handwriting Analysis
#3 – Fingerprint Analysis
#4 – Footprint Analysis
(This should be the most obvious…so save it for last!)

Since you will know who did it as well as all the details, you can slightly “prod” everyone else and make sure they are on the right track, by asking questions, pointing out details they may have missed, or suggesting they go back and look at certain things.

After the LAST analysis is finished, hand out the “Crack the Case” slips, have everyone fill theirs out, and then read aloud the paper in the “Whodunnit?” envelope.

NOW, this can be a group date OR a date with just you and your spouse.  Whatever floats your boat!  🙂  You could then end the night by watching the classic movie – CLUE!!  🙂

We also have our very own Murder Mystery Party in the store that is a TON of fun! I also found a few other websites that had CSI-related things on them. They looked interesting, but I didn’t play any of them so if they don’t “pan out”… lemme just say they aren’t officially “Tara-Approved!” 😉

CSI Odds & Ends

  • I found an extremely creative KID’S murder mystery party HERE!
  • A bunch of educational & fun CSI activities HERE.
  • Another crime you can download & solve… about a mortgage company & shredded documents….click HERE!
  • A virtual crime you can solve… I am not sure if the entire thing is free or just the first “session”. Go HERE!
  • BBC Radio Murder Mysteries (You download the clues/papers that go with it and listen to the play… and then figure out who the killer was.)

That should give you enough ideas/references to put together a FUN and memorable CSI night with your sweetheart! 🙂

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