We all know the struggle of keeping our kids from tearing the house apart in bouts of unstoppable boredom. To help you out, we’ve put together a quick guide on how to make spy gadgets at home.
You’ll find some awesome and fun ideas along with DIY tips and tricks that you can practically use.
We’ll also cover some of the tools and materials you’ll need. Getting your kids involved in making and using these spy gadgets will engage them, build creativity, and culture a healthy parent-child bonding experience.
Let’s get the creativity flowing!
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How to Make Spy Gadgets DIY at Home
Here we’ll go over some ideas from across the web. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but we’ve tried to pull together ideas that suit different personality types and temperaments. We’ve also tried to keep these ideas technically simple so you don’t need a Ph.D. in Rocket Science to make them.
We’re sure you’ll find something here for you and your children to enjoy together.
Let’s dive in!
How to Make a Spy Kit for Kids
Every spy needs a trusty spy kit. Here’s a low-cost idea that you can put together in just a couple of minutes. We’re going to make a set of binoculars and a fingerprint lifting set.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- Two cardboard toilet paper inners (the brown tube)
- Black paint and a couple of brushes
- Rectangular block to join the tubes together
- Easy to use and safe glue
- Baby powder
- Small container with a lid
- Masking tape or clear tape
- Powder makeup brush
- Notepad and pencil/crayon/pen
Spy Gadget 1 – Making the Binoculars
Take the two empty toilet paper rolls. Paint them black and let them dry. Let your kids get in on the painting if you’d like. Put down some newspapers to protect the floor from getting painted too.
Once the rolls are dry, you can glue them to opposite sides of the rectangular block. If they are too wide apart for your kids, you can either tape the rolls together with clear tape or glue them together.
Spy Gadget 2 – Making the Finger Print Lifting Kit
Put some baby powder into the small container with the lid.
The kids will use the makeup brush to spread the baby powder over the fingerprint. Make sure to show them that the layer of powder needs to be very thin.
They’ll use the clear tape to press on the print and lift it off with the fingerprint shown on the sticky side.
You could make a make-do holder for the brush and tape if you’d like, but it’s not necessary.
Putting the Kit Together
Give your kids the sunglasses and a black jacket if you have. Set the scene by laying down semi-oily fingerprints on easy to work surfaces like glass.
Get your kids to scout the area out with the binoculars and have a good time together. Have them arrest you too!
Related article: How to Spot a Fake Security Camera in Seconds
How to Make Gadgets at Home Easily – Fresh and Fun Ideas
Here are some ideas we’ve pulled from some popular channels across the web.
We’ll briefly go over a couple of them to get you started down the right path.
DIY Spy Gadgets Wiki-How Top Ideas
Micro-Camera on a Cap
You will need a bit of a budget. You’ll need to buy a micro-camera. These are tiny cameras that can record to a small card or wirelessly. They’re generally less than $50.
Glue the back end of the camera to a cap, or the middle section of a pair of sunglasses.
Test it out first to see how much time they can record for.
Get your kids to spy on each other and see who gets the funniest footage!
Tell them to set the camera up in the smartest secret spot. They can put it in a bookshelf or pot plant. The creative potential is limitless.
The Corner Spying Mirror
Get a small mirror and fix it to the end of a sturdy shaft. It should be longer than 30cm (12”).
Have the mirror facing toward the holding point of the stick at a 45° angle.
Get your kids to use it to spy around corners and play a game of who can spot the other first without showing their body.
Make sure the mirror has a soft edge so that it doesn’t cut your kids if they touch it.
DIY Spy Gadgets Troom Troom Fun Idea
Here are some fun ideas for the kids’ tech channel Troom Troom.
Secret Code Language and Key
Here are the steps to follow:
- Cut two evenly rectangular pieces of paper (different colors)
- Put them side by side
- On the right-hand side of the left piece of paper, write the alphabet along the edge in a downward column
- On the left-hand side of the right-hand piece of paper, write the alphabet again, making sure that they line up with each other.
- Wrap these two sheets around an empty toilet paper tube
- Fix the ends with tape
The letters should be side-by-side. Mix up the order so that the A is no longer next to the other A. Write down the new matching letter for each row on a separate sheet of paper.
Get your kids to make a message with the code and have them try it on their own.
How to Make a Spy Pen
This isn’t a spy pen with a camera, but rather one that uses invisible ink.
You’ll need to replace the ink of the pen with invisible ink. There are several places you can get invisible ink and a UV light.
Insert the new ink into the pen and have the UV light handy.
Make sure to tell your kids not to shine the light in their eyes.
Write instructions on sticky notes or limbs and have the kids use the UV light to follow the instructions like a treasure hunt.
Each note will take them to a new location or have them perform a task.
This will take a little preparation but it’s very rewarding for your kids. It builds mental acuity and gets them moving around the house.
Bringing It All Together
I’m sure there are a couple of ideas that have sprung into your mind while reading this. The best thing you can do is to jot them down as they come.
It’s up to you to get creative and use a combination of ideas that would work for your kids.
You know them best and you know what types of activities work well for them.
My favorite is the treasure hunt with invisible ink. I get them to use the binoculars and corner mirror to find the notes around the house.
Take some time to plan something out and your kids will be all the happier for it!
We’ve covered some interesting ideas and DIY tips to get you started. We hope you’ve also come up with some of your ideas that’ll work perfectly for your kids.
You can refine the ideas we’ve covered and made them your own.
Take what you’ve learned about how to make spy gadgets, put it into practice, and enjoy spending quality time with your family!