Activity:

Secret Code Valentine

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What You Need:

  • a lined sheet of notebook paper
  • an unlined sheet of paper (any color will work, however for Valentine’s Day pink or red would be festive)
  • pencil
  • crayons
  • a joke book if needed
  • the secret code

What You Do:

  1. To begin this activity, your child will first need to compose a riddle or two. These can be original works or feel free to use a joke book. Use the lined paper to make a list of riddles and narrow your list to the best and most humorous.
  2. Next, use the unlined paper to create the card. Fold the card in half. Write your riddle on the front of the card and decorate it. For example, “A Valentine's riddle just for you… Which two words have the most letters?” Encode the answer using the secret code given below, open the card to the inside page and write the encoded answer to the riddle and wish the recipient of the card a Happy Valentine’s Day.
  3. Of course, for the final step you must include the secret code on the back of the card in order for your Valentine to be able to solve your riddle. Copy the code below onto the back of the card.

Secret Code

A=Z

B=Y

C=X

D=W

E=V

F=U

G=T

H=S

I=R

J=Q

K=P

L=O

M=N

N=M

O=L

P=K

Q=J

R=I

S=H

T=G

U=F

V=E

W=D

X=C

Y=B

Z=A

Sample Word: Hello SVOOL

Note: In case you were curious, the answer to the above riddle is KLHG LUURXV

Feel free to use this secret code throughout the rest of the year to add a bit of variety to notes and cards. Use the code to leave reminders for him to clean his room, make his bed, and most importantly-- that you love him! Have fun decoding!

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