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7 Detective Activities to Solve Riddles like Sherlock Holmes

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7 Free Detective Activities

Have you ever wanted to be a detective? Now, you can with 7 detective activities.

Like Sherlock Holmes, you get clues and solve challenging puzzles.

And the best part? You practice English. And it’s tons of fun.

Like all our worksheets, they’re free to use for any purpose.

1. Detective Clues

Detective Clues

In groups of four, students will walk around the classroom searching for clues. While one student is the secretary, the other three are detectives. The detectives memorize each clue in English. They return to the secretary who writes down the clue. Finally, after the students find all the clues, they have to solve the puzzle.

2. Einstein’s Riddle

Einstein Riddle ESL Worksheet

This is the one of the most difficult of all detective activities in the list because it’s believed Einstein created this at a young age. Students have to use logic to solve this complex puzzle.

3. Spot the Difference

17 Spot the Differences

Two pictures look identical, but they’re not. Students have to find 10 differences in both scenes.

4. What’s in the Box?

What's in the Box

At the start of the class, the teacher bring a box into class. The teacher places any object in the box, but students can’t see what’s inside. Next, students investigate the contents by asking yes or no questions. When they get it correct, it can be a prize or their homework.

5. Teacher Quiz

Teacher Quiz ESL Worksheet

If you want to get your students out of their chairs in your first class, then this should be your go-to activity. Find clues around the class, and match answers with the clues.

6. Talking Bingo

Talking Bingo

First, everyone stands up and asks questions on their Bingo sheet. If they respond “yes”, the student can mark X on their Bingo sheet. The first student to fill out their sheet with a line comes to the teacher as the winner.

7. World Monuments

World Monuments

Connect the dot for each historical world monument with the country outline. After you complete this activity, can you recognize the monument and country outline?

Free Detective Activities

We’ve revealed 7 of the best detective activities where you either find clues or solve a challenging riddle.

They have worked wonders for our classes. Hopefully, they’ll be challenging for your students too.

Have you ever tried detective-style games in your class?

Please let us know what has worked and what hasn’t in the comment section below.


  1. Hi, I’m looking for “Sherlock Holmes (jigsaw reading)” written by Neville Britten. I tried The Arsenic Sonata and it worked beautifully. I would like to use more like this. My students loved it and begged me to do more of it.
    Thanks guys

  2. I really liked these riddles because this topic is in the English classes syllabus and I think they’ll be wonderful for my classes, thanks for giving them for free because this material is awesome for me. Thank you so much!!!

  3. I used the; 1. Detective Clues & 2. Einstein’s Riddle. My classes loved them. Keep up with these awesome resources!!

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