You can be a spy and make your very own Spy Decoder Wheel. Here are all the details on this fun and sneaky craft for kids.
Ella and Annie had so much fun creating the top secret detective kit for Spy Week that we thought we’d show you how to make your very own decoder wheel to create secret messages only you hold the key to decode! If you don’t have card stock paper, try using white paper plates.
Here is what you need:
- White Paper Plates
- Spy Decoder Wheels Template
Trace all three circles (we used random things from around the house but to make it easy for you, download our template!) onto white paper plates or card stock and cut out. Using a ruler, evenly space marks around the circle so you end up with 28.
Ours in the photo had too many, but we rolled with it:-) Take the large and medium circle, place together and using the brad, poke a whole through the center. Use the ruler to draw a line from each mark to the center of the circle as shown.
Use markers to color the wheel. Write the alphabet with a black marker or sharpie around the outer circle. On the inner circle write numbers. In the blank spots on the outer rim we added a heart. Feel free to add any shape or picture you want! Once you have the wheel colored and decorated the way you want it, take it apart and add the third (smallest) circle to the center. Stick the brad through the center to secure all three circles together.
Now it is time to create some messages for your partner in crime! You decide on the key, for instance, ours was ❤️4. When the decoder is aligned to ❤️4, then all the messages can be decoded.
Look at the number then match it up with the letter on the wheel. Can you decode our message we left you below? Don’t forget to visit Ella and Annie to download the circle template! Follow us on Instagram and Pinterest too!