# Christmas Holiday Countdown

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###### 1 December: 3D Paper Baubles
• Age groups
• 0-4
• 5-7
• 8-11
• 12-15
• 16+

In this craft activity, we will be transforming 2D paper circles in to 3D baubles.

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###### 2 December: Christmas Maze
• Age groups
• 5-7
• 8-11
• 12-15
• 16+

Can you help Jingles the elf find his way to the Christmas present in our Christmas Maze? There are three levels of difficulty to choose from.

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###### 3 December: Cellophane Stars
• Age groups
• 5-7
• 8-11
• 12-15
• 16+

In this activity, we are folding a star wall or window decoration.

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###### 4 December: Code Cracker Challenge
• Age groups
• 5-7
• 8-11
• 12-15
• 16+

Three Christmas tongue twisters have been encrypted as secret messages below, using Pigpen Cipher. Can you crack the code?

You can also try encrypting your own messages, using our Cryptography resource developed by the Open University

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###### 5 December: Symmetrees
• Age groups
• 0-4
• 5-7
• 8-11

It’s time to get the paints out for this activity, as we make some ‘Symmetrees’ (sorry, we couldn’t resist the pun…)

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###### 6 December: How to Draw a Perfect Star
• Age groups
• 8-11
• 12-15
• 16+

In this tutorial, we will show you how to draw a perfect 5-point star.

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###### 7 December: Christmas Jumper Logic Puzzle
• Age groups
• 8-11
• 12-15
• 16+

Happy Christmas Jumper Day! In this logic puzzle, use the clues to work out who wants to buy each of the festive jumpers.

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###### 8 December: Polar Bear Bowling
• Age groups
• 0-4
• 5-7
• 8-11

This fun activity with a maths twist has two phases: first you make the game, then you play the game. You could make other animals too.

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###### 9 December: Festive Sudoku
• Age groups
• 5-7
• 8-11
• 12-15
• 16+

In our festive, cut out the symbols and place them on the grid so that you have one of each symbol in every row, column and block. There are three different levels of difficulty to choose from.

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###### 10 December: Gingerbread House Craft
• Age groups
• 0-4
• 5-7
• 8-11
• 12-15
• 16+

In this activity we are going to be making ‘gingerbread’ house decorations out of recycled cardboard, and decorating them with shapes and symmetrical patterns.

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###### 11 December: Christmas Bauble Hunt
• Age groups
• 5-7
• 8-11

Get ready for some seasonal counting fun! How many of each of the symbols can you find? For a bonus activity, colour them all in.

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###### 12 December: Geometric Ornaments
• Age groups
• 5-7
• 8-11
• 12-15
• 16+

In this activity, we’ll show you how to make some 3D geometric ornaments out of paper straws and pipe cleaners.

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###### 13 December: Complete the Festive Patterns
• Age groups
• 0-4
• 5-7

Can you complete the festive patterns in this seasonal activity sheet?

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###### 14 December: Fibonacci Wreath
• Age groups
• 0-4
• 5-7
• 8-11
• 12-15
• 16+

In this craft, we’re going to use the Fibonacci sequence to create a paper wreath.

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###### 15 December: Sleigh Ride Coding Challenge
• Age groups
• 5-7
• 8-11
• 12-15

Can you help Robbie the Reindeer get to his sleigh, by following the sequence of commands in this coding challenge? There are three levels of difficulty to choose from, with a hidden word or phrase to reveal in each one.

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###### 16 December: Sorting-by-Size Card
• Age groups
• 5-7
• 8-11

To make this festive card, we’ll be looking at number bonds for 10 and sorting things by size.

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###### 17 December: Bauble Drawing Game
• Age groups
• 0-4
• 5-7
• 8-11

In this non-competitive drawing game, children can explore shapes and patterns.

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###### 18 December: Festive Bitmap Puzzles
• Age groups
• 8-11
• 12-15

Convert binary code in to pictures, in our festive bitmap puzzles. The have a go at creating your own puzzles for a friend to solve.

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• Age groups
• 5-7
• 8-11
• 12-15
• 16+

This simple beading activity celebrates the symmetry of snowflakes, and incorporates repeating patterns too.

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###### 20 December: More Christmas Number Doodles
• Age groups
• 5-7
• 8-11
• 12-15
• 16+

For our final Christmas Countdown activity, let’s have some fun with number doodles! This was a really popular activity last year, so we’ve come up with another round of new doodles.

• Age groups
• 0-4
• 5-7
• 8-11
• 12-15
• 16+

Welcome to our Countdown to the Christmas Holidays! Every day from 1 to 20 December we will be sharing a new activity - you can look forward to a mix of puzzles, games, and arts & crafts, and more! We have given an indication of which activities are best suited for which age, but feel to check them all out and pick the ones you will enjoy most.