Did you ever wished you have a special language only you and your B.F.F. knew? One that only a privileged few could understand? It may be slight too late for you (or is it?), but you can help your kids build their own top secret language and start writing secret notes to their best friends and siblings.

Here's a printable top secret language starter kit to kick things off. Start your own top secret language now!

Printable & Activity Objectives

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Age: 6 to 9 year olds, Activity Time: 1-2 hours, Items Needed: Writing pencils

In this activity, your child will learn how to create their own "symbol-based" written language based on the roman alphabet.

It will help your child or student:

  • Explore the historical development, diversity of the written and coded language.
  • Develop his/her creative capabilities through building/drawing an entire new collection of alphabet symbols.

This activity is a fun way to chat with your child about how humans have been using symbols to communicate since ancient times and continue to do so today.


How to Get Started

Simple steps to start:

Review a few types of symbol-based writing systems (modern and ancient) with your child.

  • Egyptian hieroglyphs - Perhaps the most famous of ancient symbol languages. Click here to view a nice mini-site by Google called the "The ABCs of Hieroglyphs". Click here to write your name in hieroglyphs.
  • Morse Code - Created in the mid 1800s, this symbol system was created in the pre-telephone age to help encode and transmit the roman alphabet through a series of dots and dashes. Watch the video below to find out more about its history and development.
  • Braille - The universally accepted language of writing and reading for the blind and visually impaired. Watch the short video below to learn about the interesting reason how this form of symbol based system of communication was created. Click on this link to type in Braille.
  • Binary Code - This is the coding system used in all modern computers and digital devices to communicate and execute instructions. Take a look at the video below to understand how binary code works.

What's in the Printable Pack

This printable pack consists of 4 printable sheets to help your child create their own "symbol-based" written alphabet system.

What's included:

  • 1 page of "an example" of a symbol based system.
  • 1 page of a symbol based system template.
  • 2 pages of written activities to test out your child's newly created secret language.

Tip: The "example" system can be used if your child does not want to create their own system at this moment.

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