Elf Secret Message Decoder

Mischievous little elves leaving encrypted notes for your kiddos? No problem! With this handy dandy Elf Secret Decoder, your little detectives can crack those codes and unlock the secrets of Santa’s little helpers.

Our free elf decoders are the perfect compliment to our best selling Christmas STEM Pack! 

Making the Decoder

Making the decoder couldn’t be easier.  I just printed the PDF (below) on cardstock, cut out the two wheels, and fastened them together in the center using a brad.

I ended up laminating each wheel so they would last longer and turn more smoothly.

Once the decoder was assembled, it was time to crack that cipher!

Using the Decoder

In order for the decoder to work, you need to know one bit of information known as a key.

In the example below, the key would be the letter U which corresponds to the candle shape.


Once you know the key, you can spin the decoder until U lines up with the candle to reveal the letter that corresponds with each remaining symbol.

My little detectives couldn’t get home from school fast enough to decipher their secret messages.  It was like magic to my 7 year old to slowly watch the message appear as she figured out what each symbol stood for.


My 4-year-old, who is usually reluctant to practice letter writing, sat for 30 minutes carefully decoding his note.

Based on the excitement these messages caused, I know our mischievous little elves will be leaving a lot more secret messages to crack.


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Hi, I’m Malia.

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