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Recently, we made our own Morse code jewelry at the library! If you feel you missed out – don’t! In this blog post, we’ll give you some of the resources we made use of.

At the event, kids grades kindergarten through fifth grade learned about the history of Morse code and the telegraph. (If you want to learn more and take a little field trip, Historic Speedwell in Morristown, “Birthplace of the Telegraph,” has lots of cool stuff and interactive activities!)

Participants also watched a video of a telegraph in action, watched a portion of a video about how to send Morse Code accurately, and listened to the sonorous dits and dahs of the word “library,” as conveyed via Morse code. We also, of course, created our own jewelry! Take a peek at some of our wonderful works:

picture of bead bracelet on child's wrist Picture of child's hands. A beaded bracelet is on each hand.

To make your own Morse code jewelry, you will need oval beads, pony beads, and Perler beads. You will also need some kind of string and a small binder clip. See below for samples, handouts, and instructions you can print out!

Picture of Morse code worksheet with accompanying bracelet spelling the word LEARN. Text reads, Spell out your word here. Write the Morse code equivalent here. One perler bead goes between each letter. If you are spelling out multiple words, I recommend using three perler beads between each word.

Morse code jewelry handout. Has one long box with spaces for writing in letters. Arrows point from the letter spaces to the box below, which have spaces for writing the corresponding Morse code for each letter. Text reads, Spell out your word here. Write the Morse code equivalent here. One perler bead goes between each letter. If you are spelling out multiple words, I recommend using three perler beads between each word.

Key showing letters and corresponding Morse Code dots and dashes.

pictures of beads next to what they are used for. One star bead at the start. Pony beads = Dots. Oval beads = Dashes. Perler beads = dividers.

photographs illustrating how to string beads and tie bracelet knots. Text reads, Cut a piece of cord LONGER than the length you want. Use a binder clip on one side to keep the beads from falling off. When you are done with the beads, put the string AROUND YOUR HAND (unlike what is shown here -- we want to make sure it can fit over your hand and onto your wrist) and have someone else tie the following surgeon’s knot:

~Lisa Jenkins, Youth Services Librarian

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