What’s more fun than an edible candy necklace? It’s a candy necklace with a secret message! Every year I pursue Pinterest to find a fun easy class Valentines card for my kids. This year I thought why not make it a fun learning activity too since Allie is old enough to help me assemble them.
I ran this idea past her and we thought the secret code could be the computer language of the ASCII alphabet. This alphabet is made up of 1’s and 0’s (a binary code) and can be deciphered using two different colored Twizzlers.
What you need: Rainbow Twizzler Twists and jelly cord. (Not only are they fun colors but I found that Rainbow Twizzlers are easier to string on a necklace.)
- Print out this pdf of ASCII binary code
- Decide what secret word you want to put on your necklace (we chose the word ‘LOVE’ which is fourteen 1’s and thirteen 0’s)
- Cut two colors of Twizzlers to 1-1/2″ sections ( You’ll get about 7 sections per rope)
- String the last letter on first and tie a knot
- Continue stringing the binary code for each letter with a knot in between letters
- Tie a bow to connect the ends of the necklace together
What’s the science?
Here is a fun video of why computers use a binary system of 1’s and 0’s to represent numbers and letters. This was a great hands on way to learn coding while making super fun gifts for friends! What kid doesn’t like a decoding challenge? (Actually the real challenge is to not eat it before you decipher the code!) Happy Valentine’s Day y’all!