Christmas Holiday Countdown

Join our Christmas Holiday Countdown from 1 to 20 December

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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.

>> Download Paper Bauble Tutorial

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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.

>> Download Cellophane Star Tutorial

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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

>> Download Code Cracker Challenge
>> Download Cryptography Resource

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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…)

>> Download Symmetrees Tutorial

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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.

>> Download Christmas Jumper Puzzle

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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.

>> Download Polar Bear Bowling Tutorial

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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.

>> Download Gingerbread House Tutorial

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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.

>>Download Bauble Hunt Activity Sheet

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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.

>> Download Ornament Tutorial

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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?

>> Download Patterns 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.

>> Download Fibonacci Wreath Tutorial

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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.

>> Download Card Tutorial

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19 December: Beaded Snowflakes
  • Age groups
  • 5-7
  • 8-11
  • 12-15
  • 16+

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

>> Download Beaded Snowflake Tutorial

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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.

>> Download Number Doodle Tutorial
>> View 2022 Number Doodle Video

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Christmas Countdown Downloads
  • 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.

You can find the downloads for ALL our activities via the link below.

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More Christmas Maths Activities
  • Age groups
  • 0-4
  • 5-7
  • 8-11
  • 12-15
  • 16+

For more Christmas maths activities, check out our entries from last year's countdown - including lots of puzzles, art & crafts, baking and more!