It’s a Secret – Coded Letters

Back in April, we moved to a new place. One of the benefits of the move is it allowed me to rediscover a few books I’d forgotten about. While unpacking books, I came across this little one.

Secret messages book

Quite the perfect thing to have since one of September’s LEP swaps was the Coded Letter Swap. While I ended up just creating my own code, it was great to think of all the possibilities.

It’s definitely a lot of fun to write a coded letter, but it can be a lot of work as it involves establishing your alphabet, writing your letter and then translating it before sending. Then once you receive a coded letter, you have to figure out the code and translate. It certainly extends the anticipation of finding out what your pen pal has to share with you.

Here is the letter and envelope I sent to my swap partner.

Here is the letter I received.

Coded letter received

Have you ever written or received a coded letter?



  1. When I was at school, with my friends, we used to write some secret notes in a special code. It was simple but the design of alphabet was really fun!! I remember all the letters, even now 🙂 🙂 !! Good idea for sending mail for my penpals!! Bye.

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