Alright Moms and Dads it’s on! I’ve developed an “engineering” virtual camp for your girls (and boys too). Here is a quick overview. Your kids pretend to be the engineering spy geniuses that help out these little Spy puffs. The puffs go out into the field doing missions and they need your kids to help with equipment or problem solving. The story of the puffs and the pretend play draws the kids into wanting to do more and more missions and learn engineering concepts along the way. As the kids complete missions they will receive new official documents celebrating their accomplishments and they will move up on the Spy Challenge Ladder. After you complete your first challenge you will receive your missions book and your first badge, and after you finish your second mission you will receive an official Engineering Spy ID that can be printed out at home. It is very important in engineering and the spy world to take notes of what works and what doesn’t so that you will be better prepared for future missions and problems, so you can print out a lab book page here or just make a drawing of your solution to the problem in the mission. Some of the rewards are a mission book, spy IDs, decoder, and more. There are ten missions already and more on the way. The results that are sent in will be posted on the Missions Accomplished page. There are often different requirements for older and younger spies and there are lots of resources on the sidebar about engineering and children. Remember the Spy Puffs motto – Engineering Spy Puffs where the best spy gear is your brain.
Making your Spy Puff
Before you begin your engineering adventures you will need to create your own Spy puff. Below are a few examples that we have made at our house using pom-poms or colored cotton balls. After you name your Spy Puff you are ready to work towards becoming an official Engineering Spy Girl. Get an adult to use a glue gun or use glue spots to attach foam, googly eyes, and small pom-poms to a larger pom-pom or a cottonball. If you want to start missions quickly feel free to just use a plain cottonball for all of your spy puffing needs. Some links for puff making – puff monsters – more yarn puffs – owl Spy puff? – If you want to buy some – pom pom ones . Really you can do anything. But remember to send in a picture of your Spy Puff and give her/him a name. You are probably wondering why you need a spy puff. You are the brains and gear managers at the home base of the Engineering Spy Girls Company. We send lots of Spy Puffs out and about keeping the world safe, full of joy, and more enjoyable. They are the spy field agents. The Spy Puffs are in the field but they need your help to solve problems, create gear for them, and be the home base helpers. Since the spy puffs are small the creations you make will be on a small-scale with materials that you will most likely find around the house.
Getting your well deserved credit and goodies
When you finish doing your mission please put your Spy Puff on whatever you have created and take a picture and send it in to kelly (at) spypuffengineering.com. Also send in a drawing or plan of your mission; engineers and spies both plan out what they are going to do and document their work for the future. We will post your pictures on the site (only include the face of your engineer spy if you feel comfortable, no real names will be used, but I still choose not to use my daughters’ faces). After a mission is complete move you to the first class Spy Girl Status. After each mission you will move up the rankings of the Engineering Spy Puffs order of command (the rankings have been taken from a favorite game of mine Stratego – First class Spy, Scout, Sapper, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Major, Colonel, General, and at the end of the 10 missions you will become a Marshal.) After completing each mission you will receive a digital gift and a digital badge that you can print out and use. The first gift is the Mission Book that you can keep all of your badges in. Each gift will be described in an email when you send in your mission complete picture. Make sure you also send in your Spy puff’s name – and your age and your code name. We’ll post those in our standings. We will not post any pictures of the children engineers unless you include them in the picture of the mission and even in that case only spy names are used. You can also post the images to our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/kelly.learningthings but then your name shows, it is totally your preference.
Start your missions.