Have you ever heard your child suddenly begin to speak in a language that sounded like it may have originated on some planet out in space? Many children at some point in their childhood use their creativity to develop their own secret code or language. Many youngsters, particularly boys, are fascinated by detectives and spy games.
Why not encourage this fascination a bit more and assist him in creating a mysterious homemade Valentine? This activity promises to be fun, inexpensive and intriguing! All he will need is his creative mind, some paper and a pencil.
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)
- a joke book if needed
- the secret code
What You Do:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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!
Victoria Hoffman, MA Teaching and Leadership, is an elementary school teacher, writer and mother from Leonardtown, Maryland. She has taught grades K-5 in both regular and special education classrooms.