Your students will practice math concepts such as increasing patterns, skip counting, ordering, addition, and multiplication while completing six different challenges (or obstacles) in order to save Christmas in this "Where's Rudolph?" Escape Room-style activity. They'll crack codes and work together as a team, ultimately overcoming the obstacles and finding Rudolph!
Are you ready for the challenge?
Ideas for Use
- Use the individual tasks as part of your Christmas math centers. Place one task at each center and have students rotate through them.
- Make a booklet for each student that includes all the tasks from this math project. Allow your students to choose the order that they complete the tasks, and use it as early finisher activities or morning work.
- Keep students engaged at this exciting time of year by allowing them to work through this package with a partner.
DIGITAL VERSION INCLUDED! The digital version of this escape room uses Google Forms™. This provides you with the option to use this escape room for distance learning, or even on devices in the classroom.
Your students will complete six different challenges (or obstacles) in order to find Rudolph and save Christmas.
Obstacle #1: GO TO THE WOOD SHACK WHERE RUDOLPH WAS HAVING A
You run to Santa’s Workshop and ask Rudolph’s friend, Snowflake Elf, if she has seen Rudolph. She replies, “I just saw him this morning! He was having a snowball fight over by the wood shack!” You run over to the wood shack to see if there is any sign of Rudolph.
: Order the arrays from least (smallest) to greatest (largest). Then flip over the array cards to reveal the secret message.
Obstacle #2: FIGURE OUT THE WINNER OF THE UGLY SWEATER COMPETITION
You know the Ugly Sweater Competition was at Elf Headquarters, so you run there as fast as you can. “Have you seen Rudolph?” you ask Tinker Elf. Tinker Elf replies, “Yes he was here, but he left with the winner of the competition!”
: Add up the judges’ points from each Christmas sweater. The sweater with the most points was the winner.
Obstacle #3: FIGURE OUT WHICH ELF WORE THE CAT SWEATER
Now you know that Rudolph left with the elf who was wearing the cat sweater. You will have to figure out who was wearing that sweater!
: Use the clues in the logic puzzle to figure out which elf was wearing the cat sweater.
Obstacle #4: TELL POM POM ELF THE SECRET WORD
It was Pom Pom Elf wearing the cat sweater! You know that Pom Pom Elf loves to bake Christmas cookies, so you go to the Elf Kitchen. Sure enough, he is there, but there is no sign of Rudolph. “Pom Pom,” you say, “Where is Rudolph?” Pom Pom is a mischievous elf and replies, “Tell me the secret word and I will tell you where he is!” You need to figure out the secret word quickly!
: Order the base ten blocks from least to greatest. The letters will reveal the secret word.
Obstacle #5: GET TO THE REINDEER GARDEN
You tell Pom Pom the secret word – Jingle. He says, “Rudolph went to get carrots from the reindeer garden.” Luckily, the reindeer garden is not far away. You run as fast as you can!
: Count by 3’s to get to the reindeer garden.
Obstacle #6: FIND RUDOLPH
You made it to the reindeer garden! You still don’t see Rudolph, but you see his tracks in the snow! He must be nearby!
: Identify the pattern rule on the reindeer tracks.
What Teachers Are Saying
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "This was the perfect activity for the day after our Christmas Program. The kids didn't even realize they were learning Math because they were having so much fun! My principal came in during the Escape Room and was so excited to learn from the students exactly what they were doing! It was amazing to hear them tell him all about their different challenges!" Jennifer J.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "I teach children with emotional behavioral disabilities ranging in age from 7-11, with math abilities that range from below to significantly below grade level. I have to admit that I wasn't sure how the older ones would respond. They were so excited and engaged! They worked together and there were no problems. In fact, they asked me could they do an escape room every week! Thank you so much for this resource!" Marsha K.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "My students enjoyed this escape room. I used it when I had a substitute and the students stayed engaged the entire time." Theresa B.