Christmas Maths Activities

ChristMaths Starters:

Boxing Day
Work out the contents and the cost of the Christmas boxes from the given clues.

Christmas Bells
If all the bells ring together at noon, at what time will they next all ring together? This problem requires the use of LCM.

Christmas Eve
Is there a pattern in the number of palindromic numbers to be found less than powers of 10?

Christmas Eve Snow
Each different letter stands for a different digit. Can you make sense of this word sum?

Christmas Ornaments
A Maths Starter activity requiring students to arrange Christmas ornaments in a square box.

Christmas Presents
Work out the total cost of five Christmas presents from the information given.

Christmas Tables
Which of the two shapes has the largest area? You will be surprised!

Cracker Joke
Answer the mental arithmetic questions then convert the answers to letters to find the joke.

Missing Operations
Each red box represents a missing operation (+, -, x or ÷). Can you work out what they are?

North Pole Test
This starter requires you to write out a difficult times table.

Complete the calculations with the weights of the puddings

Ropey Snowballs
Arrange the numbers on the snowballs so that no two consecutive numbers are directly connected by rope.

Santa's Sleigh
Work out the number of clowns and horses given the number of heads and feet.

Snowman and Woman
How many different ways can you spell out the word snowman by moving from snowflake to snowflake.

Square Christmas Tree
Draw a picture of a Christmas tree using only square numbers.

The Power of Christmas
Find a power of 2 and a power of 3 that are consecutive numbers.

Three Wise Gifts
Find as many sets of three of the available numbers as possible which add up to the given total.

Twelve Days
A Maths puzzle based on the 12 Days of Christmas song.

Vixen Value
The Vixen Value of a word is the number of vowels multiplied by the number of consonants. How many words can you find with Vixen Value of 24?


Complete Index of Starters


Fun Maths

In addition to our Christmas activities see also our huge collection of Fun Maths games, puzzles and challenges.


Fun Maths

Fun Maths

The end of the lesson or the lesson at the end of Term should be a little more fun than normal. Here's a collection of fun mathematical activities

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The huge collection of End of Term activities might also be of interest to you.

End of Term Activities


Christmas Coordinate Picture

Plot coordinates to reveal the cutest Christmas picture of them all (Click the image above).


Christmas Tree Function

Create equations of graphs to decorate the Christmas tree (Click the image above).

Tree equation shared by Tom Button (@MathsTechnology)

Are you an Xmas Xpert?

Here's a Yuletide challenge for you:

🎄 Christmas Numbers 🎄

Christmas Numbers

Festive Mathematics

Christmas activities make those December Maths lessons interesting, exciting and relevant. Whether mathematical activities are presented in a Christmas themed way or, due to the festive mood, normal mathematics learning is replaced with puzzles, games and seasonal fun, you can be sure that we have some excellent ideas for you here on the Transum website.

That last week of term before the Christmas holiday is the perfect time to ensure that pupils develop a delight in mathematics by seeing it in an exciting, enjoyable and engaging way (more exciting, enjoyable and engaging than the rest of the term that is!).

Just to add a little more traditional festive fun to December lessons you could visit the Maths Advent Calendar each day to open a door.

Maths Advent Calendar Link

ChristMaths Activities:

Xmas Tree Trim
Use the lights provided to decorate each of the Christmas trees so that no two trees are the same.

Xmas Lights
Drag the lights onto the positions indicated on the tree. Arrange the lights so that no two consecutive numbers are joined by a wire.

Snowflake Generator
See how the hexagon can be transformed into a snowflake with some basic translations.

Xmas Symmetry Pairs
Match the pictures with the description of their symmetry.

Systematic Snowflakes
Drag the flakes into the cells. There should be no more than one copy of each flake in a line.

Festive Fivesome
Use the number clues to answer the seasonal questions about the five festive figures.

Xmas Colouring
Colour in the Christmas picture according to the properties of the numbers.

Xmas Consonants
After working out which vowels are missing from the Christmas words do some basic calculations.

Twelve Days
How many gifts did my true love send to me according to the traditional Christmas song 'Twelve Days of Christmas'.

The 12 Ways of Christmas
How many different ways can you make the number 12 using the digits 1 to 4?

Xmas Ornaments
A hands on activity requiring students to arrange Christmas ornaments in a square box.

Xmas Toggle Tree
Find the right combination of button presses to turn all of the Christmas tree lights on.

Xmas Squorder
Rearrange the tiles to form a Christmas picture.

Xmas Tree Light Up
Light up the Christmas tree by connecting all the wires and light bulbs to the electrical source.

Countdown to Christmas
A two-player game requiring a strategic way of counting off the days till Christmas.

Pascal's Christmas Tree
Light up the Christmas Tree by flashing lights according to a number pattern.

ChristMaths Investigations:

Tangram Christmas Tree: Accurately construct a tangram puzzle then use it to make a Christmas tree and answer a short quiz.

ChristMaths Videos:

Xmas Wrapping Maths: Did you know there is a formula for calculating the amount of wrapping paper needed?

Xmas Facts and Figures: How long can Santa spend at each home delivering presents? This and other festive questions answered.

ChristMaths Printables:

Pudding Weights: Fill in the gaps with the weights of the puddings. A printable worksheet.

Xmaths Card: A printable Christmaths card containing mathematical jokes and a puzzle.

Xmas Ornaments Grids: Three different grids for the Christmas Ornaments puzzle.

Snowman Worksheet: This printable may help pupils work out how many different ways there are to spell snowman on the snow flake grid.

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Do you like Yule logistics?

Here's a festive logical task for you:

🎄 Christmas Logic Puzzle 🎄

Christmas Logic Puzzle


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Christmas Present Ideas

It is often very difficult choosing Christmas presents for family and friends but so here are some seasonal, mathematics-related gifts chosen and recommended by Transum Mathematics.

Equate board game

Here's a great board game that will give any family with school-aged kids hours of worthwhile fun. Christmas is a time for board games but this one will still be useful at any time of year. Games can be adapted to suit many levels of Mathematical ability.

For Maths tutors working with just one or small groups of pupils this game has proved to be an excellent activity for a tutorial. Deciding on the best moves can spark pertinent discussions about mathematical concepts.

Equate looks a bit like Scrabble--for aspiring mathematicians, that is. Designed by a real mathematician, it works like this: You put down tiles on a board and make points by correctly completing simple equations. Your nine tiles include both numbers and mathematical symbols; you can add on to previous plays both vertically and horizontally. more... #ad

How Not To Be Wrong

The maths we learn in school can seem like an abstract set of rules, laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned. In fact, Jordan Ellenberg shows us, maths touches on everything we do, and a little mathematical knowledge reveals the hidden structures that lie beneath the world's messy and chaotic surface. In How Not to be Wrong, Ellenberg explores the mathematician's method of analyzing life, from the everyday to the cosmic, showing us which numbers to defend, which ones to ignore, and when to change the equation entirely. Along the way, he explains calculus in a single page, describes Gödel's theorem using only one-syllable words, and reveals how early you actually need to get to the airport.

What more could the inquisitive adult want for Christmas? This book makes a cosy, interesting read in front of the fire on those cold winter evenings. more... #ad

Graphic Display Calculator

This handheld device and companion software are designed to generate opportunities for classroom exploration and to promote greater understanding of core concepts in the mathematics and science classroom. TI-Nspire technology has been developed through sound classroom research which shows that "linked multiple representation are crucial in development of conceptual understanding and it is feasible only through use of a technology such as TI-Nspire, which provides simultaneous, dynamically linked representations of graphs, equations, data, and verbal explanations, such that a change in one representation is immediately reflected in the others.

For the young people in your life it is a great investment. Bought as a Christmas present but useful for many years to come as the young person turns into an A-level candidate then works their way through university. more... #ad

Apple iPad Pro

The analytics show that more and more people are accessing Transum Mathematics via an iPad as it is so portable and responsive. The iPad has so many other uses in addition to solving Transum's puzzles and challenges and it would make an excellent gift for anyone.

The redesigned Retina display is as stunning to look at as it is to touch. It all comes with iOS, the world's most advanced mobile operating system. iPad Pro. Everything you want modern computing to be. more... #ad

Before giving an iPad as a Christmas gift you could add a link to iPad Maths to the home screen.

Craig Barton's Tips for Teachers

Teaching is complex. But there are simple ideas we can enact to help our teaching be more effective. This book contains over 400 such ideas." more... #ad

"The ideas come from two sources. First, from the wonderful guests on his Tips for Teachers podcast - education heavyweights such as Dylan Wiliam, Daisy Christodoulou and Tom Sherrington, as well as talented teachers who are not household names but have so much wisdom to share. Then there's what he has learned from working with amazing teachers and students in hundreds of schools around the world.

Another Craig Barton Book

The Story Of Maths [DVD]

The films in this ambitious series offer clear, accessible explanations of important mathematical ideas but are also packed with engaging anecdotes, fascinating biographical details, and pivotal episodes in the lives of the great mathematicians. Engaging, enlightening and entertaining, the series gives viewers new and often surprising insights into the central importance of mathematics, establishing this discipline to be one of humanity s greatest cultural achievements. This DVD contains all four programmes from the BBC series.

Marcus du Sautoy's wonderful programmes make a perfect Christmas gift more... #ad

Christmas Maths

This book provides a wealth of fun activities with a Christmas theme. Each photocopiable worksheet is matched to the Numeracy Strategy and compatible with the Scottish 5-14 Guidelines. This series is designed for busy teachers in the late Autumn term who are desperate for materials that are relevant and interesting and that can be completed with minimun supervision.

All the activities are suitable for use by class teachers, supply teachers, SEN teachers and classroom assistants and cover topics such as 'How many partridges did the true love give all together?' and 'Filling a sleigh with presents by rolling a dice!'. Children will have lots of fun working through the Christmas Maths themes but also gain valuable skills along the way.

A great source of ideas and another reasonably priced stocking filler. more... #ad

A Compendium Of 	Mathematical Methods

A Compendium Of Mathematical Methods

How many different methods do you know to solve simultaneous equations? To multiply decimals? To find the nth term of a sequence?

A Compendium of Mathematical Methods brings together over one hundred different approaches from classrooms all over the world, giving curious mathematicians the opportunity to explore fascinating methods that they've never before encountered.

If you teach mathematics to any age group in any country, you are guaranteed to learn lots of new things from this delightful book. It will deepen your subject knowledge and enhance your teaching, whatever your existing level of expertise. It will inspire you to explore new approaches with your pupils and provide valuable guidance on explanations and misconceptions. more... #ad

Math with Bad Drawings

I had been tutoring the wonderful Betsy for five years. When the day came for our last ever session together before the end of her Year 13, I received this beautiful book as a gift of appreciation.

This a very readable book by Ben Orlin. I'm really enjoying the humour in the writing and the drawings are great.

Ben Orlin answers maths' three big questions: Why do I need to learn this? When am I ever going to use it? Why is it so hard? The answers come in various forms-cartoons, drawings, jokes, and the stories and insights of an empathetic teacher who believes that mathematics should belong to everyone. more... #ad

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Xmas Facts and Figures

Xmas Facts and Figures

How long can Santa spend at each home delivering presents? This and other festive questions answered. [Time: 3:58]

Xmas Wrapping Maths

Xmas Wrapping Maths

Did you know there is a formula for calculating the amount of wrapping paper needed? [Time: 4:21]


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