Speaking in Code

Coming up with private lingo is part of school-age friendships so now is a fun time to introduce your child to nonverbal communication.



What to do:

  1. Invite your child to come up with his own secret code using claps, snaps, whistles, foot stomps, or a funny sound. (You may want to try an animal code, with barks and chicken clucks; or come with your own family signals!)
  2. Let your child decide which sequence of claps and other sounds will represent each letter of the alphabet. Then he can make certain letters stand for specific words. For example, snap-clap-snap can mean M for "me," and clap-clap-snap can mean U for "you." Encourage them to write down their code for reference.
  3. Have fun using your family's secret code. After dinner, play a direction game: clap-snap-clap for left; snap-whistle-snap for right.
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