Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas Sites GALORE!

With only a few days till Christmas break I thought I'd share a few of my favorite Christmas sites!  
I usually show my kids these sites during class and then put them on my website 
so they can play them over the holiday break! 

Virtual Tree Decorating: 
This Tree Decorating page from SantaClaus.net has lots of options and 
even garland that you can move around and stretch! 

This site  from Muse Arts is beautiful and you can even turn the lights off so it glows! 

This one is fun because it gives you many choices, allows you to 
stretch and rotate items, as well as the ability to print your finished tree! 

The National  Christmas Tree allows students to decorate a real looking 
tree with garland, ornaments, lights and toppers. 

Christmas Games:
The Christmas Tree Puzzle is a fabulous online site for problem solving and critical thinking. 
The goal is to light up the Christmas tree by connecting all the wires to the light source.  
It's lots of fun but it is definitely a challenge that requires lots of problem solving.

The Christmas Tree Maze is another fun tree puzzle. To complete this task, you must drag the bar of lights at the bottom of the tree along the maze of white wires until one of the end bulbs lights up the star at the top. Any move is legal, as long as all three bulbs stay in contact with the white wires at all times.

Santa's Sleigh is a fun and challenging game. The object is to put sleighs so that each Santa has one sleigh and each sleigh only belongs to one Santa. It's fun and much harder than it sounds! 

Christmas Memory is a game is a basic concentration game with a twist. If you aren't fast enough, the rows move and you are timed. It has levels that range from EASY to VERY HARD.

On the site Santa Claus's Trip, students view a map of the world, are shown the route that Santa will take to deliver toys, and then they have to touch the countries to recreate his route. When the correct country is touched students even magically travel to that country to see the gifts delivered. What a great way to review the world map and have fun all at the same time!

Holiday Practice is a fun game of multiplication practice.  For each multiplication question you answer correctly, your gingerbread house gets a new decoration.  There are three levels of multiplication to practice: 0-3, 0-6, or 0-9.  At the end of the game, if you've done well, you get to decorate your very own gingerbread house.  What a fun way to practice multiplication facts during the holiday season!

Christmas Lights: Math Fact Fun is a a fun fact game that allows students to put up Christmas lights after practicing math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division facts) for one minute. Students will want to work quickly because the more math problems you solve correctly, the more lights you will be given to decorate your house!
Christmas Lights: This game is the same as the Christmas Lights: Math Fun Facts game but without the math facts. A great and fun game for younger students who need to practice their mouse skills!  The lights in both games are animated and look beautiful with the overhead lights turned off.  Both of these games would be wonderful to use as a whole class on your Smart Board or individually with students at their own computers.

Christmas Calendar Countdown:
This Around the World calendar features a question about how 
Christmas is celebrated in different countries each day. 

This fabulous one is based on the book "The Polar Express"

This calendar is purely for fun. Each day a new 
animation is added to the Christmas tree as you click on the number. 

This calendar has an activity for each day until Christmas. 

Christmas History:
The History Channel has a fabulous website full of information on Christmas. 
It is a truly awesome site that includes videos, traditions, games and much more! There are videos on The History of Christmas, Christmas Trees, The Evolution of Santa Claus, as well as several on Hanukkah and Kwanza.  Christmas Facts, World Traditions, the Christmas Truce of 1914, Christmas Tree Trivia, are just a few of the topics that are covered.  There are also some games for students to enjoy!

Christmas at the White House is a very detailed resource guide for teachers about Christmas in the White House. This link is to a PDF file with background information, lots of printables, discussion questions, writing prompts, puzzles and other activity ideas. This is a fabulous guide that is adapted to many grade levels. What a great way to integrate history into your December activities.

Christmas in Colonial Williamsburg is an absolutely wonderful site full of information about Christmas during the 1700's. 

The site includes slideshows, songs, videos, podcasts, recipes, downloads, journal articles, music, games, timelines, electronic fieldtrips, and interactive activities. It's a great place for students to experience how settlers celebrated Christmas.   It also includes sixteen interdisciplinary lesson plans that truly capture the essence of Colonial Williamsburg. As an extra bonus, the background research for the plans are hotlinked into each lesson. These lessons make it easy to plan an entire unit on life in Williamsburg, from mathematics to a colonial Christmas.


  1. These are great! I wish we could spend ALL day in the lab!
    Thanks so much,

  2. These are awesome! We'll be checking out some of them tomorrow! :)

  3. THANK YOU! These are wonderful! My kids and I will be having a lot of fun tomorrow on the computer.

  4. Thank you so much! I am rolling the cow cart in my room and looking this back up when I get to school!!!!

  5. Thank you! Loved the gingerbread items too!



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