I love providing entertaining ways to practice math facts for my kids and code breakers seem to be a hit right now. I just throw out the word “spy” and “ninja” and we’re all set.
If that doesn’t get them, the promise of puns and riddles always works.
These Christmas themed code breakers are perfect for practicing a bit of addition or multiplication! Plus they are a fun and festive way to get some work done!
(Check out the Snowflake version for more math fun!)
How to Set Up the Christmas Code Breakers
I would highly recommend printing on cardstock so they withstand a bit of use. There might be a lot of rotating with these!
Print the riddle cards two-sided. The question will be on one side and the answer on the opposite side.
After you cut out the code breaker, line up the little circle and the big circle. Then use a brad to attach them while still letting the little one rotate.
How to Use the Christmas Code Breakers
We primarily use these as fun ways to practice math. But my kids also love riddles/puns so it ends up being a fun family activity.
There are 2 different code breakers – one for addition and one for multiplication. Each has their own set of riddles so do both if possible!
The idea is simple. Line up the math fact on the inner circle with the answer on the outer circle. Write down the corresponding letter on the riddle card.
When all of the letters are filled in, you will have the answer!
The answers on the code breaker are randomly and not in the same order as the equations. So once the numbers are lined up with one number, it doesn’t mean all of the other answers are correct.
The addition set features Santa Claus and addition facts through 20.
The multiplication set features a Christmas tree and covers random math facts from 3s to 12s.