Kids love “secret messages”- why not incorporate this into a gift for someone special. We chose to use binary code for a “tech dad”, but you could easily write a numerical message with 1 for A, 2 for B and so on. Materials Light coloured mug Paint pen (meant for glass/ ceramics purchased at a craft store) Pencil Binary Code Alphabet http://www.convertbinary.com/alphabet.php Practice mug sheet mug_practice-sheet Directions Print out the practice mug sheet. Decide on what you want to write on the mug. We selected the word, “Dad”. Practise on the provided sheet writing out your “secret message”. Using a paint pen, write the code on your mug. Be sure have your child add her/his name and the year to the bottom of the mug. Follow the directions on the pen and the mug as per drying, setting the paint with heat and whether it then must be hand-washed. Want to make this a special gift? Add a subscription for coffee or espresso to be delivered monthly to the special recipient. Here’s an example: http://www.transcendcoffee.ca/categories/coffee-subscriptions Another option is to make this a portrait mug- who doesn’t love a child’s illustration of dad? Purpose Fine motor skills, beginning to understand information can be represented in a variety of ways. Safety Notes Be sure to follow the directions on the paint pen and the chosen mug regarding application and washing. Please like & share: Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.