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What's the secret message? Students create a secret code and antique-looking paper. Who can decipher the messages on the scrolls?
Invite students to read about secret codes and how languages work. Find out how scrolls were made and where they were used. Symbols that create a secret code match up with a specific letter of the alphabet or numeral.
Challenge children to create their own secret code using original symbols they have designed. Suggest the use of tiny drawings, letter forms, or unusual shapes. Remind students to make a key to show what word or letter each symbol stands for using Crayola® Fine Tip Markers.
Ask students to cover their art area with recycled newspaper. Each student will crumple up a piece of construction paper and soak it with diluted brown Crayola Watercolors and a Watercolor Brush. Next, students spread the paper flat and allow it to air dry.
Students write a secret code message on their handmade antique-looking papers. These secret scrolls are then tied with string.
On construction paper, students draw shapes that relate to their meessage. Cut them out with Crayola Scissors. The shapes are attached to student scrolls with Crayola School Glue. Allow time for glue to air dry.
Set aside time in the school day for students to share their secret scrolls with classmates. Who can decipher a message?
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