Here are 5 printable Disney movies themed cryptograms for kids.
This type of word puzzle can be one of the more challenging type of puzzles, however I’ve tried to make this as beginner friendly as possible.
The easy cryptogram puzzles are probably most suitable for 4th grade students and older.
About These Cryptogram Puzzles
There are 5 different puzzles to print.
Each puzzle has an encrypted list of popular and well known Disney movie titles:
- puzzle #1 has 10 different Disney movie titles
- puzzle #2 has 16
- puzzle #3 has 10
- puzzle #4 has 8
- puzzle #5 has 7
Each letter in the words of the movie titles have been substituted for a number.
Kids will be challenged to solve the secret coded message. For each number, they will need to figure out which letter of the alphabet the number is a substitute for.
These are beginner level cryptogram puzzles. They are perfect for upper elementary or middle school students, or even adults who would enjoy a fun brain teaser.
One thing that makes these cryptograms easier for beginner solvers of this type of puzzle is the fact that they are decrypting Disney movies.
Kids that have watched and are familiar with Disney films will have an easier time solving the cipher.
At some point the puzzle will become like a game of Hangman where kids will be trying to guess the movies based on the letters they have already decrypted.
Tips on How To Solve
The first tip is that all of these are movie titles.
As a suggestion, read over the titles of any movies you have in your family’s movie collection.
Are there any patterns or words or location of words that are common to many of the movie titles?
One thing that might be noticed is that the word “The” is a common word in movie titles, and often the first word of the title.
If it’s in the middle of a title often times it will be preceded by the word “and”, as in “The Fox and the Hound”.
Another thing to notice would be one letter words.
A one letter word is most always going to be “A” or “I”. It could also be “O” but that is much rarer.
Since these are movie titles, which letter would be most likely in a title.
Another tip would be to look at any apostrophes. The most common letters after an apostrophe would be “S” or “T”.
Since this is all about pattern recognition, suggest to your kids that they take note of any words that are the same or similar.
As much as possible I put movie titles on the same page that had common words so for example:
- “Sleeping Beauty” & “Beauty and the Beast”
- “The Princess Diaries” & “The Princess and the Frog”
- “Pete‘s Dragon” & “Peter Pan”
- “The Little Mermaid” & “Chicken Little”
Puzzles 1, 4 and 5 all have one or more two letter words. There are only so many common two letter word possibilities in the English language.
This is especially helpful in puzzle number one. The very first movie title is a 2 letter word.
If nothing comes to mind, kids could google a list of 2 letter words to see if anything stands out as a name of a Disney movie. Solving this first movie will give them some letters to fill in throughout their puzzle.
While you are looking at movie titles, it might be a good time to remind your child about capitalization as it pertains to movie titles.
Our Experience Solving These Puzzles
As a child and teenager, I completed a ton of cryptograms. Cracking codes and solving puzzles was fun for me.
My 4th grader also loves solving mysteries, but she’s never done a cryptogram before. I gave each of these 5 puzzles to her to solve. Being a complete beginner to cryptograms, her first reaction was that it looked too hard.
I began by explaining to her some of the strategies of solving these cryptograms.
She completed the puzzles beside me, which allowed me to give her some suggestions along the way, or reminders of various strategies and next steps.
It was a good learning experience and I think she’ll be better able to solve future cryptograms more independently.
When she completed each puzzle, she was so proud of her accomplishment. It’s a real self-esteem booster when you succeed in completing something you felt would be too difficult.
Download and Print
All 5 printable Disney movie cryptograms can be downloaded below. It’s free.
The pdf contains 10 pages, but only the first 5 need to be printed. The last 5 are answer sheets, which might come in handy when your child comes to you for help.
More Disney Fun
Here’s some more Disney word puzzles and activities:
The younger ones might prefer Disney movies word shapes.
Disney movies word scrambles adds a little bit more of a challenge. Kids will need to unscramble 2, 3, 4, and 5 letter words.
For kids in 1st grade, they can work on learning to spell 8 Disney themed spelling words with these printable Magic Kingdom worksheets and activities. The activities include a Magic Kingdom themed crossword puzzle and a spelling game.
Another suggestion for your Disney movie themed learning, is teaching kids mapping skills with this pirate’s treasure hunt activity. A fun activity for kids that would be great to do after watching the movie Peter Pan.