Secret Code Backpack Chains

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Secret Code Backpack Chains
Total Time 1 hour Ages school-age

Sometimes it's hard to commit a phone number or locker combination to memory. Here are a couple of innovative ways your child can use letters or colors to record hers.

What you'll need

  • Beading cord or hemp
  • Lanyard hooks or key rings
  • Assorted lettered or colored beads
Helpful Tip:

Key: A-1; B-2; C-3; D-4; E-5; F-6; G-7; H-8; I-9; J-0

How to make it

  1. Tie a long piece of beading cord or hemp to a lanyard hook or key ring.

  2. Write the telephone number or locker combination your child needs to remember on a piece of paper. Then have her choose one of the codes below and string on beads as described.

  3. Tie a secure knot at the end of the strand and trim the ends.

  4. Secret Code Backpack Chains - Step 4

    Letter Codes: For a phone number, follow the key (see below in Tips) to select the appropriate letter for each numeral, and use ornamental beads as spacers between the area code, exchange, and last 4 digits. The chain on the left shows part of a phone number with the numbers 31-665.

  5. For a locker combination, use the letters to form double-digit numbers, if needed, stringing spacer beads between them.

  6. Secret Code Backpack Chains - Step 6

    Color Codes: To represent a locker combination with colored beads, use one hue to represent units of 10, another for units of 1, and a third as a spacer. For a phone number, simply string together the same color beads so they add up to the correct digit, where 4 green beads in a row equals the number 4 and so on.

  7. You can even add letter beads to the end of the string as a reminder of what number is being coded. For example, MC could stand for Mom's cell phone.

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