Christmas season is upon us, which means shopping for kids, preparing delicious treats for them and arranging games to keep them occupied.

My fondest memories of Christmas are obviously exchanging presents with friends and family. The second favorite thing is to play Christmas games with my nieces and nephews. Our play time ranged from physical games such as dumb charades, ginger bread house decoration and  printable Christmas games that we, kids would create with our mothers and aunts. I would like to share few of those printable Christmas math games that we used to play.

Printable Christmas Addition game – Build it up!

Age range: Kindergarten and up

Learning:

  • Comparison of numbers up to 9
  • Number Recognition for numbers up to 9
  • Vocabulary
    • Largest
    • Smallest

Number of Players:2-4

You will need:

  • 10 face (0-9) Dice. If you do not have you can also use normal 6 face dice
  • Pen
  • Score card

Download Printable Christmas Addition Game–Build It Up

How to play this Christmas math game:

Who wins: The one who wins maximum individual rounds.

Let’s go!

  • Each player writes down her name on the score card.
  • The youngest player starts the game by rolling the dice.
  • Let’s say she rolls a 7, she will write 7 below her name in the score card.
  • The next player rolls the dice and she then writes that number below her name in the score card.
  • Round one gets over once everyone gets a chance to roll the dice.
  • Circle the highest number out of all the numbers rolled in the first round.
  • Play 10 rounds in the similar manner.
  • The one who wins the maximum rounds (gets maximum circles under her name) wins the game.
  • Make sure to write down the winner’s name in the winner section of the score card.
  • Well done.

Variation:

  • Instead of circling the highest number, you can decide to circle the lowest number.
  • You may begin the game with the oldest member in the group.

For more practice:

Printable Christmas number game – Combine The Three

Age range: 1st grade and up

Learning:

  • Creating 3- digit largest number
  • Creating 3- digit smallest number
  • Vocabulary
    • Largest
    • Smallest

Number of Players: 4

You will need:

  • Cards (0-9) 2 to 4 sets
  • Pen
  • Score card

Download Printable Christmas Greatest and Largest Number Game-Combine The Three

How to play this Christmas math game:

Who wins: The one who wins the most individual rounds.

Let’s go!

  • All the players write down their names on the score card by themselves.
  • One of the players distributes 3 cards to all the players.
  • Now each player needs to create the smallest number out of the digits on their cards. Make sure you do not help each other in making these numbers.
  • Each player writes down the number formed against her name on the score card one after the other.
  • Then one of the players circles the smallest number formed.
  • Play in the similar way for 10 more times.
  • The winner is the one who wins the most individual rounds.
  • Do not forget to write the winner’s name in the winner section of the score card.

Variation:

  • Instead of making the smallest number out of the cards, form the largest number.
  • Instead of distributing 3 cards, distribute 4 or 5 for higher grade kids.

For more practice

Printable Christmas roman number game – Find The Twin

Age range: 3rd grade and up

 Learning:

  • Roman numbers recognition up to  XX
  • Number recognition up to 20

Number of Players: 4

You will need:

  • Deck of number cards
  • Deck of roman number cards

Download Printable Christmas Roman Number Game – Find The Twin

How to play this Christmas math game:

Who wins: The one who makes the most pairs by the end of the game.

Let’s go:

  • The oldest player shuffles both the decks and spread them over a surface facing downwards.
  • The youngest one takes the first turn to open one card and checks if there is any other card with same value available.
  • If yes, make a pair and pick another card. Yes, she gets another chance.
  • Once she can’t make pair, she passes the turn to another player. Make sure to keep the cards open.
  • Keep playing until all the cards are open.
  • Once all the cards are open, count the number of pairs you have made.
  • The one who makes the most pairs by the end of the game wins.

Variation: If a player gets two consecutive pairs, there is no additional chance and the turn goes to the next player.

For more practice

Printable Christmas place value game – Place my face

Age range: 2nd grade and up

Learning:

  • Place and face values of numbers with hundreds place
  • Number recognition up to 999

Number of Players: 2 – 4

You will need:

  • Card with number (1 – 9)
  • Card with numbers (10 – 90)
  • Card with numbers (100 – 900)
  • Tickets with six 3-digit numbers
  • Pen

Download Printable Christmas Place Value Game-Place My Face

How to play this Christmas math game:

Who wins: The person who circles all the numbers on her ticket the fastest.

Let’s go!

  • The youngest player distributes one Christmas number ticket to each player.
  • The oldest one takes the chance first and  pulls out a card from the deck.
  • Show the card to everyone and place it on the table.
  • Each player circles the number in her ticket if the face value of the number is the same as the card that has been pulled out. (For example: if the card pulled out has 90 on it, the player needs to circle the number that has 9 on the tens place.)
  • Keep pulling out cards one after another and repeat the process. Keep in mind to give chance to all the players to pull out a card.
  • The person who circles all the numbers off her ticket the fastest wins.

For more practice

Printable Christmas multiplication game – Apply Multiply

Age range: 2nd grade and up

Learning: Multiplication of 2 numbers up to 6

Number of Players: 2 – 4

You will need:

  • 2  six face dice
  • Tickets with 6 numbers on each which are different combinations of digits 1-6
  • Pen

Download Printable Christmas Multiplication Game–Apply Multiply

How to play this Christmas math game:

Who wins: The one who circles all the six numbers the fastest.

Let’s go!

  • The youngest player distributes one ticket and a pen each to all the players.
  • The oldest takes the chance first and rolls both the dices together.
  • Look at the digits you got.
  • Players multiply the two numbers on the dices and make sure not to say the answer out loud.
  • All the players look closely and see if you have that number formed after multiplication on your ticket.
  • Circle if you have it on your ticket.
  • Repeat the same process unless any one circles all the numbers.
  • The one who circles all the numbers the fastest wins.

For more practice

Printable Christmas multiplication game – Operation Successful

Age range: 1st grade and up

Learning: Multiplication of one digit numbers

Number of players: 2 – 4

You will need:

  • Cards with table 2 to 5 without answers (example: 2*4)
  • Tickets with 6 numbers that come in tables of 2 to 5 (example: 20,15)
  • Pen

Download Printable for Christmas Math Game – Operation Successful

How to play this Christmas math game:

Who wins: The one who circles all the six numbers the fastest.

Let’s go!

  • The youngest player distributes a Christmas ticket and one pen each to all the players.
  • Player one shuffles all the cards properly and pick out one card randomly.
  • All the players perform the operation that is on the card and circle the answer.
  • Make sure not to say the answer out loud and do calculations silently.
  • Repeat the process until someone circles all the numbers on their Christmas ticket.
  • The one who circles all the numbers the fastest wins.

For more practice

Printable Christmas addition game – Roll – Add – Score

Age range: 1st grade and up

Learning:

  • Numbers recognition
  • Addition of two numbers up to 9 with carry
  • Addition of two numbers up to 9 without carry
  • addition with zero

 Number of Players: 2-4

You will need:

  • 2 ten- face dices (0-9), if you do not have this, use 2 six – face (1-6) dices
  • Pen
  • Score card

Download printable for Christmas math game Roll Add Score

How to play this Christmas math game:

Who wins: The one who gets the highest score.

Let’s go:

  • Players write down their names on the score card. Each player must write their name on their own.
  • The youngest player rolls both the dices and add the numbers.
  • If her answer is correct, she will write that below her name in the score card.
  • If the answer is incorrect, write 0 below her name in the score card.
  • The same process is repeated with all the players.
  • Play for 10 rounds.
  • Each player calculates their total and mention it in the score card.
  • The one who gets the highest score wins.

For more practice

Printable Christmas sequence game – What comes next!

 

Grade range: 1st grade and up

Learning:

  • Numbers recognition up to 10
  • Sequencing of first 10 numbers

Number of players: 4

You will need: 2-4 suites of cards (1-10)
Download Printable for Christmas Math Game – What Comes Next

How to play this Christmas math game:

  • The oldest player picks out the cards with “2” on it from both suites and place them next to each other.
  • Another player shuffles the rest of the cards and place them facing downwards.
  • The first player picks up one card, if the card fits in the sequence (for example: 3 or 1), place it after 2.
  • If not, put the card aside, facing upwards. No worries, you can get it in another try.
  • Each player follows the same unless all the cards either get placed in the sequence or are kept aside.
  • Once, all the cards are used from the main pile of cards, shuffle the other pile, keep them facing downwards and start playing with them in the same manner.
  • Hey! and there you have your sequence.

Variation: Instead of starting the game with 2, you can start it with some other number.

For more practice

Printable Christmas fraction game – Fraction Rolls

Grade range: 4th grade and up

Learning:

  • Simplifying fractions
  • Adding two fractions to make 1

Number of players: 2-4

You will need:

  • Fraction Roll game board
  • Fraction Cards
  • Place maker

Download Printable for Christmas Math Game – Fraction Rolls

How to play this Christmas math game:

Who wins: The player to reach the finish point first.

Let’s go!

  • The player who celebrated her birthday most recently becomes the first player.
  • Take out the Fractions Roll game board and spread it.
  • The oldest players shuffles the stack of Fraction Cards and keep them facing downwards beside the game board.
  • The 1st player begins the game by picking up the top card from the stack of Fractions Card and placing it face up next to the stack.
  • Let’s say she picks up a fraction card with 1/4 on it.
  • Now, she will find the first fraction on the board which when added to 1/4 makes it equal to 1.
  • So here she needs to find the first 3/4 or a fraction which when reduced to its simplest form equals 3/4.
  • On the board, 9/12 is the first fraction which is equivalent to 3/4. Therefore she will move her place marker to 9/12.
  • Next, the second player will follow the same steps of picking the top Fraction Card; finding the first fraction (or equivalent fraction) on the game board to make 1, and placing her place marker on that fraction.
  • This process is repeated until one of the players reaches the finish point first.

3 Special Cards

Move ahead 2 steps – If a player picks this card, she will move ahead 2 steps without doing any addition.

Move back 3 steps – If a player picks this card, she will move back 3 steps without doing any addition. In case the player is still at the start position, she will not make any move.

Miss your turn – If a player picks this card, she will stay put at her current place.

For more practice

These printable math games are so interactive and these are definitely my go to activities on a lazy Sunday afternoon or Holiday nights with  family and friends.

Keeping in mind the importance of practice, there is a high range of free Christmas theme math work sheets  that work on bringing the right spirit of Christmas to math and learning.

I picked out some games from LogicRoots for my niece to place it in her stocking. They have an extensive scale of interactive board games to give children a variety of mediums to learn math: Math Board Games

So, Gear up, take out your printable, sheets, pens and start making memories with your friends and family.

Happy Christmas.

 

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