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Morse Code Sleepover Party by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Morse Code Sleepover Party

By Brenda Ponnay

This post is sponsored by Energizer

Imagine this: Your kid is invited to a top secret sleepover and only she, a master coder, can decipher the dots and dashes that reveal the secret message. Is she up for the challenge? What if the code was Morse Code, a communication method that has been around for almost 200 years? Could she unlock the message? Of course she could!

Morse Code is very simple to learn. Kids these days are learning to code in summer camp and in after school clubs. They are writing apps in their spare time and every other word is IDK or LOL… Wouldn’t it be cool if they learned a code that has been used since the 1800s?

Our sponsor Energizer thought so, too.  So, they sent over a few of their new flashlights so my daughter and her friends could learn and have fun communicating in Morse Code during their sleepover at our home.

Morse Code Sleepover (invitations) by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

How to Host a Morse Code Sleepover:

1) We set the girls up with the flashlights, Morse Code translation sheets (see below for your own printable which fits neatly on the flashlight), pencils and paper and of course a really cool tent in the living room with lots of blankets and pillows.

Morse Code Sleepover (cheat sheet) by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

2) Then the girls watched a video explaining how to send and read Morse Code. You can communicate via Morse code through sound (clicks) or light. Clearly, we chose light.

Morse Code Sleepover (tent) by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

3) Everyone got comfy and when it was dark we enforced a no-talking rule. Not for long, of course, but it was fun to watch everyone blink it out for while in Morse code.

Morse Code Sleepover (blinking Morse code) by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

What’s that you’re saying? Send pizza?

The girls had a handy Morse Code cheat sheet (download and print) to help with simple fun phrases. If you would like to make your own sheets we found this translator page very helpful.

Morse Code Sleepover (using flashlight) by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

It was a really fun night and all the girls learned some valuable skills in coding. You never know when a well placed dot-dash-dot might save the day!

For your own Morse Code-themed sleepover, here are some free printable sheets we made for you. Just download and print.

A Morse Code sleepover invitation in red and gray

A Morse Code sleepover invitation in purple and gray

* Decoder sheet in red and gray

* Decoder sheet in purple and gray

Numbers and punctuation decoder sheet 

Mini decoder sheets to attach to flashlights

PIN FOR LATER

Morse Code Sleepover Party How-To by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com (sponsored by Energizer)

This post was sponsored by Energizer but the ideas are our own. Happy Blinking!

 

Brenda Ponnay
About the Author

Brenda Ponnay

Brenda Ponnay is a stealthy secret agent who juggles parenthood to her adorable daughter by day and freelance graphic design/illustration by night. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, mak...

Brenda Ponnay is a stealthy secret agent who juggles parenthood to her adorable daughter by day and freelance graphic design/illustration by night. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of cardboard boxes or just doing the laundry with flair, Brenda Ponnay has learned that what really makes her happy is being creative every single day.

You can read about all her crazy adventures on her personal blog: Secret Agent Josephine.

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