Backwards Secret Messages

It's super secret agent time. Have your child use a mirror to decode these backwards messages.

Materials you'll need

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    I didn't even know I could write backwards. I practiced each message first on a piece of scrap paper, then copied it onto the larger piece, slowly and carefully to make this instant super secret message.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    You can use this activity to share fun messages like "I love you" or "Let's go for a bike ride". Or, as a fun way to convey a surprise, like "I made cookies for you" or "We're going to the beach". I'm even thinking this would be a great way to practice new sight words for an emerging reader.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    As I gave each child a couple of messages, they studied the backwards writing. My son was able to read a few of the words backwards. I asked him, "How could we decode the rest of the message?" "What could we look in?" A-ha! The mirror!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    My daughter didn't want to wait for her turn with the mirror her brother was using and ran to the mirror in the bathroom to decode one of her messages.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Done!

    It was fun playing super secret detectives today!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

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