Secret Message Decoder Makes a Great Gift for Kids

I love how secret messages and codes get my kids writing! Maybe not paragraphs but the important thing is they are having fun and writing.

Which is why I fell in love with this wooden secret decoder disk from The Wooden Toy Shop on Etsy. We’ve been having tons of family fun laughs writing each other weird and silly notes — as you can see below.

This secret decoder disk uses a Caesar Cipher to encrypt and decrypt your secret messages which is the same technique Julias Caesar used to send important messages to his armies. Pretty neat, huh?


Mark, toy inventor, dad, and owner of the Wooden Toy Shop, wants an Imagination Soup winner to win a set of Secret Decoder Disks – two in a set – valued at $13.00. I think you all should enter, and if you don’t win — just go buy the disks because they’re so awesome! Don’t worry that there aren’t any left, email Mark and tell him what you want and I am sure he can take care of you. (Tell him I sent you!)

To enter for a chance to win, leave a comment below by December 1, 2011, midnight MST. Winner will be chosen at random. By entering this sweepstakes, you agree to Imagination Soup’s official sweepstake rules. No purchase necessary. Open to individuals in U.S. only, 18 years of age or older, void where prohibited.

Good luck, everyone!

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  • Nichole

    I love this! It’s becoming more difficult to find great gifts for girls 7+ at a great price too. Will be adding these to my shopping list now :)

  • Mat

    Wow, such a cool, portable activity. I’d forgotten about Etsy for fun kid’s stuff. Thanks!

  • Kris

    Looks like fun!

  • Joni

    I have 2 little ones I am sure would like to have something secret from me lol. Very unique toy

  • Christen

    So cool…this will go right along with our yearly viewing of The Christmas Story! Be sure to drink your Ovaltine! :)

  • Anne SD

    My 6yo would love one of these, and so would hus monkey-see, monkey-do 3yo little brother!

  • Erin

    What a great idea! I would love one for my family.

  • ginac

    We love secret code wheels. This is a very nice toy. If you are a tiny bit adventurous, though, you can easily make one with your kids:

    • Melissa Taylor

      yes, we have made them as well – which gives you more options for different codes.

  • Dulce Hernandez

    I just love your secret code wheels, I know my 3 granddaughters will too, they are at the age of “secrets” so this comes in very very handy at just the perfect time!!!! Thank you so very much!!!!!

  • Jill

    My daughter would love the Secret Decoder Disk! She is a fan of the Jigsaw Jones book series and Jigsaw and Mila frequently use secret codes in the books. She would be over the moon to write notes with a special friend using this. Thanks for the chance to win a set!

  • jodi adams

    my sons would love these!

  • Jen

    my 4 kids would have a great time with these!

  • MM

    My 7 year old is really into writing and loves making codes. This would be perfect for him! Thanks for the great ideas.

  • Cathy R

    Oh, we would have SO much fun with these!

  • Shelley

    It’s not a secret that we would love to win these.

  • Jaimie

    How fun! I’m sure we would have secret messages strewn all over the house if we won these.

  • Hallie Doyle

    We would love this! How much fun!

  • David Gossett

    My daughters would love these! Thank you so much for the chance to win!

  • Cassie M

    Unique gift! Thanks!

  • tess

    the kids would love it
    tcogbill at live dot com

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  • Iris

    oh, I can just hear the giggles of my grandbabes as they create messages for each other and the rest of us too… what fun to have a chance at Secret Decoder Disks… thanks you…!!

  • Ashley c

    This is so cool! Great for my girls who love solving mysteries!

  • Brandy Lane

    My oldest two kids would love one of these… it really helps put the fun in practicing their writing skills! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Laura

    Oh my goodness, my kids would LOVE these.

  • Diana Bradford hatch

    Fun giveaway! Thanks

  • Roopa

    Thats fun !!

  • Daria @ Mom in Management

    My son would love this!

  • Tammy Sigond

    My daughter would love this…she’s quite a code cracker

  • Jenny – Monkey Toes

    my little ella would LOVE this!!

  • Corey Olomon

    My sons would SO love this! Be sure to thank Mark for giving such a great prize!


  • PragmaticMom

    I was thinking the same thing. I am hostiing a little boy book club of boys grades 1, 2 and 3. I am going to do The Unbreakable Code by Sara Hogeland Hunter which is an advanced picture book. For the activity, I think I am going to get these toys for each boy and have them break a code to find something …

    Love this toy! Thanks! and would love to win one because I’ll need 4!

  • Sara

    This… pretty awesome. Epically awesome. Yes!

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