What kid doesn’t love having a secret code to talk to friends with, create adventures and write letters that no-one, except for their nearest and dearest will understand.
But secret codes aren’t just for fun, that’s for sure, they actually help your kids to solve problems, grow their social skills and build abstract thinking skills. So, an awesome edutainment activity to keep those brains ticking over! You can learn them too, it’s loads of fun.
Here we show you some of the most awesome secret codes to teach your kids! They’ll have a blast playing around with these!
Secret Code 1: Ubbi Dubbi
It sounds more like the country Abu Dhabi than a secret code, but this is pretty awesome, and is a completely nonsense language; all the better to have fun with!
Ubbi Dubbi is where the syllable ‘ub’ is put in front of each vowel of a word.
So, as an example in the word ‘cat’ it would be pronounced as ‘cubat’. You can see that the ‘ub’ has been put before the vowel. The kids might take a while to crack this, but once they do they’ll be off chatting this cool nonsense language! Make sure you learn it too, to get the low down on kid’s cool conversations.
Let’s take a look at a sentence and see what happens.
English: The cat was playing with a piece of string
Ubbi Dubbi: Thube cubat wubs plubayubing wubth uba pububecupe ubof strubing
Now get the kids to pronounce that and see how they go! In fact, try it yourself. Sounds like Greek. It’s quite a mouthful, but once they’ve mastered the art, it will become easier and easier.
If they’re taking a bit of time grasping it, the Zoom website has an Ubbi Dubbi Translator. If you really want to get creative, try replacing the ‘ub’ with something else, like ‘yu’ or anything you can think of.
Go forth and create your own secret language!
Secret Code 2: Mirror Writing
Now this is interesting…apparently the ability to write in reverse, which is called mirror writing is either in your blood or not. So you could be born with the ability to mirror write; but it only comes naturally to 1 in 6,500 people! Leonardo da Vinci was a classic example, as he wrote heaps of letters in reverse. Apparently he knew exactly how to decipher them, but anyone else that came into contact with them, well they had to hold them up to a mirror or something that reflected. Wow. You see mirror writing in loads of places, especially in emergency vehicles and there’s a reason for this. When you’re driving and you look in your rear view mirror you’ll immediately be able to see the word ‘Ambulance’, which is a brilliant safety measure. It certainly makes sense as you know when to hightail it out of there. If you’re one of the people who haven’t been born with this talent, you are definitely able to teach yourself and of course, as they say ‘practice makes perfect.’
To start practicing, write a message in reverse and then hold it up to a hand held mirror. Keep doing this until you get the hang of it. Once you do, you’ll be writing in reverse in no time at all.
Secret Code 3: Letters for Numbers
This is one of the easier codes to learn and basically what you do is replace letters with numbers. So for example A becomes 1, and B becomes 2. You can make it a bit complicated if you want to by making A 26 and B 25; so in other words you can do it backwards. Play around with it and have some fun coming up with the best secret code.
Secret Code 4: Pig Latin
If your kids have read the Kate McMullan book series called ‘Dragon Slayers Academy’ they very well could be used to Pig Latin. This is such a cool code to learn, and once you get the hang of it, it’s almost difficult to speak in real English again!
It is such a massive secret code, that unbelievably Google a Pig Latin Search Engine. Yes, an entire search engine dedicated to Pig Latin.
Right, so let’s get started! To convert a word into Pig Latin, you need to remove the first consonant and place it at the end of the word and then add ‘ay’ to it. So ‘hello’ becomes ‘ello-hay’ and ‘dragon’ becomes ‘ragon-day’. If it sounds complicated, it actually isn’t, it becomes easier all the time. Now, you’ll also get words that begin with vowels, and these are tackled in a slightly different way. You would remove the vowel at the beginning to the end and add ‘hay’. So ‘apple’ becomes ‘pple-ahay’ or ‘orange’ become ‘range-ohay’. Once the kids start learning, they’ll take it slow, but in no time at all, you’ll probably be shocked at how quickly they pick it up and start sprouting worth with Pig Latin words of wisdom. To really get things moved up a notch, get the kids speed it up and see how they do. Secret code done!
Secret Code 5: Invisible Ink
Oh the joys of invisible ink are just awesome and it’s so easy to do; you don’t have to learn a new language. All you need are some special writing fluids and you’re off. You can obviously buy invisible ink sets, but it’s more fun doing it with your own ingredients at home. The idea is for the kids to write a letter to someone, and then they know how to magically make the message appear.
Here’s how to make it
- Squeeze some lemon juice into a bowl and add a few drops of water
- Mix the two together with a spoon
- Take a cotton bud, dip it into the mixture and write a message onto white paper
- Wait for the juice to dry and it will be completely invisible
How to read it
Hold the paper up to a light bulb so it gets a bit hot, but make sure it doesn’t burn, and as if by magic a cool message will appear!
So, we’ve shown you some awesome secret codes to teach your kids. Have fun and you’ll probably enjoy it too.