Oh how I loved secret codes when I was a kid. The ability to write a coded letter without anyone but the recipient was just plain fun. Today on Kids Activities Blog we have 5 secret codes for kids to write their own coded letter.
5 Secret Codes for Kids
Shhhh…don’t say it out loud! Write a secret coded letter for someone to decode (or try to decode). Use these 5 secret code examples as inspiration for your next secretive adventure.
1. Reverse the Words
This is a simple code to solve – just read the words backwards! Even though it seems simple once you know the secret, it can be a hard one to figure out when you don’t.
Decode: REMMUS NUF A EVAH
Answer: Have a fun summer
2. Half-Reversed Alphabet
Write out the alphabet letters from A to M then write the letters from N to Z directly below them. Simply exchange the top letters for the bottom letters and vice versa.
Number Lettering Code Variation
Just like seen above in the half-reversed alphabet, you can assign numbers to letters in a tricky way and then substitute those numbers for the letters in the words and sentences. The most common numbers the alphabet 1-26, but that is easy to decode.
Can you come up with a better number lettering code?
3. Block Cipher
Write the message in a rectangular block, one row at a time – we used 5 letters in each row (alphabet letters in order A-E).
Can you figure out what the KEY is to the block cipher pictured above? Each letter is shifted one place in the second row. You can make any key correspond to the rows making it as simple or complex to figure out. Then write down the letters as they appear in the columns.
4. Read Every Second Letter
Read every second letter starting at the first letter, and when you finish, start again on the letters you missed.
Decode: WEEVLEIRKYE – STUOMCMAEMRP (mistake made on lower line)
Answer: We Like to camp every summer
The PigPen code is easier than it looks and is my children’s favorite. First, draw out the two grids below and fill in the letters:
Each letter is represented by the lines around it (or pigpen).
Decode: image above
Answer: I LOVE SUMMER
Write a Coded Letter
We practiced writing our names and silly words before moving to coding whole sentences.
Related: Write a Valentine code
The letters and messages you can write can be fun, but make sure you send along a key so the recipient can figure it all out!
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Secret Code Toys for Kids We Love
If your child loved these secret code activities, then you might consider some of these fun and mind-stretching toys:
- Melissa & Doug On the Go Secret Decoder Deluxe Activity Set and Super Sleuth Toy – gives kids a chance to crack codes, uncover hidden clues, reveal secret messages and be super sleuths.
- Secret Codes for Kids: Cryptograms and Secret Words for Children – this book includes 50 cryptograms for children to solve including secret and hidden words written as number codes from super easy to super difficult.
- Secret Code Breaking Puzzles for Kids: Create and Crack 25 Codes and Cryptograms for Children – this book is good for kids 6-10 years old and contains clues and answers for kids to make and break their own codes.
- Over 50 Secret Codes – this entertaining book will put kids code-cracking skills to the test while learning how to disguise their own secret language.
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How did your coded letter turn out? Did you keep your message a secret?