Looking for a unique way to wish dad a happy Father’s Day? How about making him a super secret spy code card! Children practice their math, spelling, and writing to create a coded message for dad to decipher. It’s a totally cool and fun way to tell dad you love him!

### What You’ll Need:

• grocery bag
• scissors
• cereal box
• 4 fasteners
• thin marker
• pen
• pencil
• cutting mat
• craft knife or hole puncher
• small circular object (I used a yogurt container)

### How to Make the Card:

1. Cut out a panel from your grocery bag. Fold it in half to create your card.
2. Now you’re going to create the cipher to your code! Trace and cut out 4 identical cardboard circles. Use your marker to divide 3 circles into 8 segments and 1 circle in half. Label each segment with a different letter from the alphabet. Mark one letter on each circle with a small black dot.
3. Punch a hole through your circles. Then, place a fastener in each hole.
4. Decorate the front of your card. Trace out four circles (identical to your cardboard circles) onto your card. These will tell you where to attach your cardboard circles. Be sure to leave space between the circles to write your numbers. Also, use a pencil so that you can erase any visible marks later!
5. Punch a hole through the centers of each circle. Then, attach your cereal box circles to the front of your card and trim your card. Write numbers around the cardboard circles so that a number corresponds to each segment. Then, randomly assign one number a black dot. To see the code you created, make the letter dots and number dots match up! Voila! You’ve created your very own code!
6. Now it’s time to craft your message! Write a message on a scrap piece of paper first. Then, use your cipher to figure out the number that corresponds with each letter. When you have everything worked out, transfer your numbers over to your card.

Now you’re all done! Isn’t this a super cool way to tell dad how awesome he is? You can also try making other codes by relating letters to different colors or shapes too. The possibilities are endless. Have a great time making this card with your kids and celebrating Father’s Day, friends!

##### About Leslie Manlapig

Leslie Manlapig is a the blogger behind Pink Stripey Socks where she shares tons of recycled crafts and kid-friendly activities. When she’s not crafting, you’ll find her doodling, running around the park, or snuggled up with a good book. She lives in California with her husband, preschool-aged son, and tons of toy cars.