7 Detective Activities to Find Clues and Solve Riddles like Sherlock Holmes

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Last Updated: May 20, 2018

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

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.


05 Detective Clues

2 Einstein’s Riddle

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.


15 Einstein Riddle ESL Worksheet

3 Spot the Difference

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


17 Spot the Differences

4 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.


07 What's in the Box

5 Teacher Quiz

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.


26 Teacher Quiz ESL Worksheet

6 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.


09 Talking Bingo

7 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?


World Monuments

7 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.

All of our worksheets are free to use for any purpose and ready to print for your classroom.

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