Christmas Math has never been so much fun! This Christmas Math Project will keep your students engaged and begging for more throughout the month of December, as they complete relevant, meaningful, and FUN tasks using addition, subtraction, graphing and data interpretation, time, logic, and so much more! These essential skills are reinforced with activities like decorating the tree, counting the toys, and graphing the letters to Santa.
The Christmas Project is a real-life math project that includes thirteen different holiday-related tasks. This project is the perfect solution to those chaotic days before winter holidays, keeping your students interested and motivated.
Ideas for Use
- Use the individual tasks as part of your December 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 during those final days before Christmas holidays by allowing them to work through this package with a partner.
You might choose to print specific tasks to use during math centers, or you might make a booklet out of all of the tasks and let your students choose which one to do when.
Here's exactly what you'll find inside this Christmas Math Project:
TASK #1: TOY MAKING
The elves make thousands of toys every day in the workshop. Use the picture graph to figure out how many toys each elf made today.
Skills: picture graph, 1:5 correspondence, interpreting data
TASK #2: DECORATING THE TREE
It’s time to decorate the tree in Santa’s Workshop! Each of the pictures below represents 2 items. How many decorations are there?
Skills: skip-counting, word form, tally mark representation
TASK #3: ELF WORK TIMES
There are elves working all day and all night in Santa’s Workshop! The clocks below show when each elf’s shift begins. Write the times.
Skills: time to 5 minutes, ordering
TASK #4: COUNTING THE TOYS
Each array represents the number of toys. How many are there?
Skills: arrays (addition or multiplication), addition/subtraction, comparing, problem-solving
TASK #5: THE NICE LIST
Santa has looked through the Nice List and decided what each child will receive. Use the clues to figure it out.
Skills: logic problems
TASK #6: EVEN OR ODD
Look at the numbers. Shade the even numbers RED and the odd numbers GREEN.
Skills: even/odd, Venn diagram
TASK #7: ELF JOKES
The elves at Santa’s Workshop love to laugh and tell funny jokes.
Skills: addition within 100
TASK #8: NORTH POLE PROBLEMS
There are always problems to solve at the North Pole!
Skills: elapsed time, addition
TASK #9: CHRISTMAS DINNER
It’s almost Christmas and the elves are in charge of buying the supplies for the North Pole Christmas Dinner! Can you help them get everything they need?
Skills: money, addition
TASK #10: WORKSHOP DESIGNS
Santa’s Workshop is being renovated! Can you help design the workshop layout?
Skills: area in square units, critical thinking
TASK #11: LETTERS TO SANTA
Each day, a bag of letters is delivered to the North Pole from children around the world. Look at the letters that were delivered this week.
Skills: bar graph, tally chart, interpreting data
TASK #12: DECORATING THE WORKSHOP
It’s workshop decorating day! The base ten blocks represent the number of each decoration in the workshop.
Skills: base ten representation, word form, addition, subtraction
TASK #13: ELF GAME DAY
It’s not all work at Santa’s Workshop – the elves make time for fun and games too! Today is Elf Game Day!
Skills: time in minutes and seconds, addition
What Teachers Are Saying
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "I used this in my second-grade math enrichment group. The kids had a blast solving problems for Santa's workshop. They beg to work on their enrichment projects." Tropical in Kinder
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "Students enjoyed the various Santa themes and I enjoyed all the various skill work we could practice around the holidays when it is a struggle to keep them focused and on task!" Patricia M.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "I used this resource as a fun and festive review package during the last two weeks before winter break. It kept my students engaged and excited about math, while also saving me a lot of time during such a busy time of the year!" Lindsay B.