Spy Kid Spy Kit

by Wendy Copley on November 10, 2009

Spy Kid

A few months ago, Wyatt became completely enamored of spies and secret agents. I’m not exactly sure what triggered it — I think it might have been an episode of the Backyardigans — but it seemed like a good way to foster creative play so I’ve encouraged it as much as possible.

Every spy needs supplies for surveillance, trapping bad guys and getting out of sticky situations, so we looked around the house for items we could put together into a little spy kit. This is what we came up with:

Spy Kit

First we needed a bag to store the spy gadgetry. Zach dug up this freebie from a conference he went to earlier in the year. It’s just the right size — big enough to hold a lot of stuff, but small enough for a five-year-old to sling over his shoulder without it getting in the way when he needs to crouch behind a bush to avoid detection.

Spy Kit Contents

We needed stuff to put in the bag too, so we scoured the house for the proper gadgetry. Starting at the top row and going down, we have:

  • Bottle caps — These were one of Wyatt’s contributions. I’m not sure what they’re for, but he insists that they’re absolutely necessary.
  • Money — Every spy needs to carry cash with him, of course.  You never know when you’ll need 6 cents to bribe a hotel clerk.
  • A Rock — Another one of Wyatt’s additions. “For throwing at bad guys if they run away from jail.” (Don’t worry — he knows better than to throw rocks at people.)
  • A pen cap — To store his cyanide capsule. Kidding! It’s for keeping your pen from drying out.

Middle row, top to bottom:

  • Miniature digital camera — Yes, I know it’s ridiculous that we had a miniature digital camera laying around our house. One of Zach’s friends gave this to him, but he wasn’t using it so he passed it along to Wyatt. Obviously, this is the epicenter of the spy kit.
  • Flashlight — If you press on Dory’s fins, an LED in her mouth lights up.
  • String (and a dollar) — The string can be used to set traps, rappell into office buildings and tie up bad guys. It currently has a dollar attached to it so Wyatt can put it in the middle of the living room floor and snatch it away when I say, “Ooooh!  A dollar!”
  • Keys — Old keys to luggage locks.

Last row:

  • First aid kit — I put some band-aids and antiseptic wipes in an empty candy tin.
  • Magnifying glass — Because how can you spy or detect without a magnifying glass?

EDIT: Oh goodness! I almost forgot the best part because it wasn’t in the kit when I took the picture. He also keeps a self-adhesive mustache in the kit in order to disguise himself, like so:

Master of disguise

Absolutely invaluable when you’re intent on infiltrating a group of elderly, chess-playing bad guys.

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  • Oh my gosh! That is THE cutest thing I've ever seen. How creative and inventive. You guys must have a blast at your house!

  • That is adorable and looks like lots of fun!

  • rookiemomwhitney

    LOVE IT! I wish you were my mom. Actually, my mom was actually just as creative, but I think Wyatt is darn lucky!

  • Maj

    Outstanding!
    The funny thing is, I actually bought 2 packs of fake moustaches at a Halloween sale. Now I know what they were for!

  • britnif

    Aww, that is adorable! Sadly enough, being a highschool fresh-men, I have seen that TV episode about a hundred times! I could proabbly recite most of it to you! *sniff* It's really boring at summertime in AZ. );
    On a much happier note; I think it is absolutely AWSOME that you let Wyatt express himself like this! My parents wouldnt do a lick of work for me like you do to your beautiful babies{ & husband. Haha!}

  • that is adorable!!
    my 6yo is enamored of magnifying glasses. In fact he calls them “spy glass”. 🙂

  • My boys would love this! Great idea! I especially like the disguise.

  • My boys would love this! Great idea! I especially like the disguise.

  • princess

    i want to know or traine to be aspy kid

  • ella

    how to be a spy kid

  • princess

    how to be pls tell me

  • Arzu Zion

    thats to kool i got a thick laptop and when you open it its spy things are in there… so kool i want one. Im going to find out were they have those and buy one.lol thats so cute.

  • zion tillow

    i no how 2 b a spykid there is a oganazation near my house you get kool gagets to.

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  • Cris.Lam

    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful creative ideas!  This proves that kids can play with things other than video games.  

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