Instantly download these 8 printable Secret Codes & Ciphers for kids. These templates are perfect to use as games or activities at your spy or secret agent theme birthday party.
When you type your regular text into the Top Secret Message it is automatically encrypted to match one of 8 ciphers. Kids then decode the message using the associated cipher.
Type new Top Secret messages and print as many times as you like.
Use as a code breaking training activity or spy party game at a secret agent birthday party. Or use as clues to be deciphered leading children from one location to another as part of a Spy “treasure hunt”. I have also had teachers use these in their school classrooms as a class activity!
I recommend these printable Secret Codes & Ciphers for approximate ages 8-13+. Children at the lower end of that range will need adult help.
- Full Instructions
- ZIP file with 8 x PDF pages of the following printable Secret Codes & Ciphers for kids. There is 1 Top Secret Message & 1 Cipher per page (See more details here).
- Symbol Code Cipher
- Pigpen Cipher
- Cross Code Cipher
- Polybius Grid Cipher
- Morse Code Cipher
- Mapping Decoder
- Reverse Alphabet Cipher
- Cut-out Decoder
HOW IT WORKS
1. INSTANT DOWNLOAD
Download the Secret Codes & Ciphers for kids immediately after your payment has been processed.
2. PERSONALIZE AT HOME
Unzip the file, then open the templates in Adobe Reader. Type your secret messages over my sample text in the Top Secret Message field. Templates ONLY work in the FREE Adobe Reader on your laptop or computer, not in any other program (or on your mobile device).
Print as many times as you like on your home color printer (or at your local copy shop) on US Letter or A4 sized bright white Cardstock.
4. CUT/TRIM & ASSEMBLE
Trim out your Secret Codes & Ciphers on the provided cut lines. One cipher (the Cut-out Cipher) needs additional cutting with a craft knife.
Adobe Reader (the latest version is called Adobe Acrobat Reader DC). The printable Secret Codes & Ciphers for kids will only work in this FREE download from: https://get.adobe.com/reader/
YES – type directly over my sample wording in each Top Secret Message field using Adobe Reader
NO – all templates are locked. Graphics, colors, sizes, fonts or backgrounds cannot be changed
YES – fonts are already embedded in the file
EMAILABLE TOP SECRET MESSAGES:
NO – this is a printable file. You will not be able to email the Top Secret Messages
US Letter (8.5×11 inches) or A4 paper
110lb (300gsm) bright white Cardstock (or the thickest your printer can handle)
NO – templates will not work in an App. Edit using the full Adobe Reader program on your laptop or computer only
PRINT AT A COPY SHOP:
YES – email or save to a USB and take to your local copy shop
PRINT AT A PHOTO LAB:
NO – templates are not JPG or photo files
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TUTORIALS & INSPIRATION
I have gotten so many compliments on this invitation! I’m not sure if the kids or the parents are more excited about it.
Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin
Super fun puzzles to figure out for a spy-themed party! Made the planning of it all much easier and enjoyable. We made specific clues tailored to our little “spy” and her guests all worked together to solve the mystery. Would definitely recommend!
As someone who doesn’t really enjoy party planning, I need tons of inspiration. These decorations helped guide the party into being a real success for my 7 year old daughter. Everything you need and more is included.