Christmas maths

This maths collection is packed with innovative Christmas calculations. Try these teaching resources to add a taste of the season to your classroom sums.


Festive fractions

  • Use Christmas pictures to help pupils work out fractions.

Christmas pud problem

  • It’s time to stir in the currants and add a dash of Brandy…but things could get disastrous if pupils don’t think through timings and servings correctly.

Christmas shopping

  • The shop’s till has broken in the busy run-up to Christmas! Try these shopping-themed tasks to test pupils’ mental maths.

Who killed Santa?

  • There’ll be no presents this year: Santa Claus is dead! This murder mystery task asks pupils to work out who the humbug culprit is.

Counting baubles

  • Pupils can practise adding and subtracting baubles with this festive worksheet.

Seasonal schedule

  • Santa’s timetable is tight, but he must stick to it if he’s going to reach every good boy and girl in time.

Christmas mathdoku

  • These Sudoku puzzles are dressed up as Christmas presents for some seasonal fun.

On the first day of Christmas…

  • Pupils can practise counting from one to twelve with this fun activity which asks them to rewrite the classic Christmas song.

Christmas selection box

  • This great selection of festive activities will help you count down the days to Christmas.

Festive graphs

  • Pupils can tally Santas, Christmas trees and presents in this bar chart activity.


Christmas questions

  • A Christmas quiz packed with seasonal sums.

Hit Christmas songs

  • Which decade was best for Christmas music? Students try to decide in this mathematic investigation.

Stocking full of sums

  • A pack of Christmas puzzles for secondary students to solve.

Seasonal run

  • A relay race where students work in teams to solve puzzles.

Star at the top of the tree

  • Light up the Christmas tree in this activity where students can practise operations with negative numbers.

A merry use of Autograph

  • Students can create a 3D Christmas scene using the Autograph player. TES maths adviser Craig Barton shows you how in this tutorial video.

Reindeer ratios

  • Let pupils practise ratios while making sure that Santa’s reindeers get fed.

Coca-Cola Christmas

  • This perimeter and area activity is inspired by the Coca-Cola Christmas adverts.

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