We had such a fun time with Lu's Spy Birthday Party. I'm secretly sad that I won't be able to use that theme again. I think I had as much fun as the kids! Honestly, there is just too much to share in one post. Today I'm sharing our Top Secret Spy Mission (and some free printable clue keys).
We started the party by giving the kids spy training. Once they were trained, we created this Top Secret Mission for the agents to test out their new skills. Special thanks to Stitch/Craft Creations. Many of my spy clue ideas came from there.
Top Secret Spy Mission Clues
I'm sure no one will want to exactly duplicate my spy mission (since everyone's home and resources are different), but I'll walk you through all the clues to give you some ideas.
At the beginning of the mission, the agents were told that Doctor Bad had hidden a time bomb somewhere at the camp. Their mission was to follow the clues and find and disarm the bomb. The agents were given the first clue and a bag of decoders (a graph cipher, a peek-a-boo cipher, a mason cipher, and an empty toilet paper tube). They had to decide which ciphers they needed for each clue. (It was pretty easy, since all they had to do was match the colors.)
Clue #1: Mirror Clue
The text on this clue reads:
In order to become super spies, you must learn to use your eyes! "Reflect" on this message to find your first clue.
Then, on the bottom half is a poem that has been flipped so that it has to be viewed in a mirror in order to read it. It says:
You can eat hot dogs boiled or fried, but to make them taste best, better go outside!
That clue leads to an outdoor barbecue grill.
Clue #2: Stretched Word Clue
This clue says the word FRIDGE with some extra squiggly lines before and after the word. The whole thing is stretched so that it's difficult to read unless you lay the clue on a flat surface and then crouch down so that the clue is at eye level.
*This clue is included in the printables. I figure everyone has a fridge, so this clue should work for anyone.
Clue #3: Peek-A-Boo Cipher
This clue is found in the refrigerator. Here's what it says:
Head to the room that holds nothing but books. Find "Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Dinosaur Bones." Solve this math problem to find the page you need.
(10 x 3) -1 =
The kids solve the math problem, go to the den to find the books, and locate the specific book. Then, they slide the cut-out page into the book (on page 29). The clue can then be read through the cut-out windows. (Sorry I can't give you a template for this one. This was definitely the trickiest clue to create!) The message reads:
The missing clue is found at the front entrance.
Clue #4: Graphing Cipher
The next clue is found outside and near the front door. Using the graphing cipher, the message reads:
Mary, Mary, quite contrary
The clue leads to the garden. *The graphing cipher key is included in the printables.
Clue #5: Mason Cipher
The clue in the garden, when translated, says, "Tall Clock." The next clue is found on the Grandfather clock.
*The mason cipher key is included in the printables.
Clue #6: Scytale Cipher
The kids use the toilet paper tube to decipher the last clue. To make this clue, cut a long strip of paper and wrap it around the toilet paper tube. Write your message, and then unroll the paper strip. Without the toilet paper tube, it is unreadable.
The final clue leads the agents to the backyard, where they find this Time Bomb Piñata. Stay tuned for my next post to find out how I made it.
Click the download link below to open the pdf clue printable files. (A new page will open. You can print from there or save the file to your computer for later.)
I hope you have a lot of fun creating your own Spy Birthday party!
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See you next time!