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.


Secret Message Mug: Supplies


  • 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.

Secret Message Mug: Binary Code for DAD

  • 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:

  • Another option is to make this a portrait mug- who doesn’t love a child’s illustration of dad?

Secret Message Mug: Drawing Dad


  • 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.
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