you will need:
* about ten 3 x 5 cards (or any size really)
* a hole punch
* some twine
* colorful markers, crayons, or colored pencils
* a pen
take each card and hole punch them in the top left corner. this way, it will read like a book. you can even put two or three holes down the side.
create a fun "title page." i did this kind of last minute so i just used colored pencils. but you could print something off or take a fun picture. whatever your heart desires!
on a separate sheet of paper, write down the activities ahead of time so you can plan your day. for ours, there was a card for breakfast, opening presents, going fishing, eating cake, going for a plane ride, eating his favorite dinner, and an "i love you message" at the end. again, do whatever you want and be creative!
write the times you will be dong these activities on the front of the 3 x 5 cards.
on the back of each time card, write out the clues. i first wrote out the message on a separate sheet of paper and figured out my code. then i transferred my "new message" onto the card.
for example - your code could be as simple as:
a b c d e f g h i j k l m
| | | | | | | | | | | | |
n o p q r s t u v w x y z
so for each a in your message, you write an n. for each j, you write a w. and so on.
then give a clue at the bottom. i just went through the message and tried to figure out which one letter would be the most helpful. (but not too obvious!)
he caught on pretty quick :)
after creating all your clues, bind the book together with your twine.
and you're finished!
if you have any questions or comments, please let me know!
* want to do a crytogram to get the idea? go here or look in the comic section of any newspaper... i'm pretty much addicted to them :)
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