Tes Maths Christmas collection

Craig Barton
05th December 2017
Father Christmas completing secondary maths activities on a classroom whiteboard

Games, puzzles and fun activities with a festive twist to keep your classes learning in the run-up to Christmas

Yes, it is almost that time of year again. Sleigh-bells are ringing, Christmas trees are going up and the holidays are finally in sight.

And yet, there’s still a few weeks of valuable lesson time that no teacher wants to waste. To help you combine productive learning with festive fun this December we've selected some of our favourite resources, ideal for keeping your classes entertained as you count down to the holidays.

As always a big thank you to the generous and talented members of the Tes Maths community, who have taken the time to share these Christmas-themed gems.

Craig Barton, Tes Maths Advisor

Festive topic-based resources

With only a couple of weeks left until the well-deserved break, there are still plenty of topics to cover in class. From Bodmas exercises to shading graphical inequalities, get into the festive spirit with these themed resources, that will help to keep your learners on track.

What's Santa Left In My Stocking? - Bodmas

Calculate then unjumble the letters to find what Santa has left me this year!
By alutwyche

Christmas Shading Graphical Inequalities

Worksheet with two questions. First question makes a picture of a present (vertical/horizontal lines only), the second makes a tree (includes diagonal lines). Used for Year 9 but also suitable for GCSE. Answers included.
By frickard

Santa's Reindeers - A Christmas game.

A Christmas puzzle. Use the clues to work out the names of the reindeers by matching their noises to number properties.
By msharman

Solving Santa's Equations

Calculate how many presents there are in Santa's sacks of gifts for each journey. This involves two-step equations, brackets and an unknown on both sides. Festive equations - what more could you want?
By alutwyche

Construction and problem-solving tasks

As the days tick away and the end of term approaches, teenage attention spans may begin to shorten. Help to ensure that pupils remain engaged until the final bell with these alternative activity ideas, guaranteed to spread some Christmas cheer.

Who Killed Santa?

A Christmas murder mystery always keeps people alert after the Christmas pudding, so at the risk of being a bit early – here is a murder mystery for the classroom which is perfect for the end of term. Pupils are given a set of clue cards which define the task – of finding out who killed Santa – and give them all the necessary information to solve the mystery. A really nice fun Christmas activity to encourage problem solving skills inspired by the wonderful people at the NCETM. Enjoy :-) If you are stuck for the answer read the very nice and helpful comments below. Happy Christmas :-)

By chuckieirish

Maths Relay Races (Problem-solving Puzzles)

My classes love these:

-I get relays printed in sets+laminated.

-Pupils work in pairs,run out to my desk,get Q1,attempt to solve it+use a whiteboard pen to write the answer on the card.

-They bring the answer to me.If it's right, they get Q2. If not I might give them another shot.


They're mainly number puzzles.Seasonal ones are perfect for keeping kids busy at the end of term.

I write a weekly Maths newsletter with other lesson ideas,useful websites,interesting Maths trivia-if you'd like a sample or to subscribe to get them for free by email contact me:aap03102@gmail.com
By aap03102

Christmas Tarsia

I love Tarsia and Christmas is a good a reason as any for another one, enjoy :-)
By chuckieirish

Christmas Maths Competition 2015: x-maths Bond II

Following on from last year's Christmas Competition involving James Bond in 'The Museum of Numbers', the secret agent is back for more. 'The School Inspectre' should be just as puzzling and suitable for enthusiastic mathematicians across the age range. An ideal activity in the lead up to the end of term but don't leave it too late; there are six days of activities to tackle and a recommendation would be to spread these out over the last couple of weeks if possible. Many curriculum topics are covered. The resources can also be accessed at:


Solutions now available to download or view on the website - Winter Olympic Maths homepage, click inside the red circle of the Olympic Rings.
By mchadder

Final lesson activities

It’s been a long time coming but you’ve finally made it! Reward your hard workers while having a little fun in the last maths lessons of the year with these stimulating puzzles and festive exercises.

Christmas Pirate Game

A Christmas adaptation to the popular Pirate game! Perfect for the week leading up to Christmas break!
By pt131087

Maths Christmas Activities Booklet

A collection of Christmas themed Maths puzzles and problems. Ideal for the end of term.
By ryansmailes

GCSE Maths: Christmas Puzzles

Way before Christmas Michael gave to me a load of Christmas puzzles So good you must see!! Happy Christmas :-)
By chuckieirish


Instructions to show students how to create their own snowflakes, using basic construction skills and reflective symmetry. Great for Christmas display work. Feedback welcomed. Merry Christmas!
By complex_number

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