These Advent Calendars have problems for every age from young Primary age children to A Level (UK age 16-18).
From Teachitmaths, create a masterpiece! Mistletoe & lines; the description reads ‘Practise your graph drawing skills with a Christmassy theme! Plot the given points to draw a Christmas tree, then add your own lines of tinsel, giving the equation of each one.’ The pdf resource is free, you just need to register with the site.
Craig Barton has published the TES Maths Christmas 2016 Collection which has a large collection of very varied activities. From earlier years some personal favourites include Christmas Countdown (which although designed for daily use I have also used as an end of term activity) and Santa’s Reindeer (logic and number properties) both of which I have successfully used in class. Try this Twelve days of Christmas algebra activity or describe the Christmas tree here using inequalities. This Operation Christmas Tree Excel resource makes a rather nice starter. Try this Advent Calendar complete with work sheets for students and teachers’ notes; clear instructions are given for adapting the calendar for your own classes. I like the look of this Maths Christmas Activities Booklet and will certainly use some of these (note – answers not given to these but a good collections of puzzles and problems.
Oxford University Press have some great free resources including some Christmas themed problems for your GCSE students; another set of Higher (Geometry) problems is here. I like their festive Venn Diagrams, they would make a nice introduction / reminder on Venn diagrams for younger students.
Here’s a Christmas tree on the Desmos Graphing Calculator site. Note this is simply a collection of lines and circles, as you can see from the syntax it is very easy to restrict x or y values.
( For more on getting creative with Desmos, see Graph Art on Mathematics for Students).
On Suffolk Maths you will find this large collection including games, puzzles, relays, quizzes, constructions…..
Mostly for younger children, Top Marks have put their favourite Christmas Activities together.
If you are creating any resources yourself you might want to install some Christmas fonts! (shown here: christmas lights, christmas tree and kingthings christmas)
…and a few more Christmas resources:
- From Sparky Teaching – 12 Days of Christmas – Investigational Maths.
A great idea to relate Pascal’s triangle to the investigations
- Maths Thinking Holiday Games on Colleen King’s Math Playground
- Primary Resources.co.uk – a collection of seasonal activities for younger students
We could do the annual calculation and work out how many gifts are received over the 12 days of Christmas.Murray Bourne has all the answers and more on squareCircleZ or have a look at this YouTube video.
On the subject of videos, try a video advent calendar from Numberphile!
Click on the graphic below to see just how hard Santa works! (Published: December 2010 by Advertising Agency: Benedict & Helfer, Hungary.)
Christmas 2016 WolframAlpha count and other information you probably are not too worried about for Christmas Day!
For more resources see Christmas 2016 Update.
Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year. Thank you for reading and for all the various comments. Have a wonderful and well deserved break when we get to the holidays!