Best Christmas learning websites for children
Best for coding fun: Google Santa Tracker
The Google Santa Tracker offers educational activities for every age: learn to code with the elves in Code Lab and Code Boogie, find out how the world celebrates the season with quizzes, get creative with games like Snowbox, Elf Maker and Santa Selfie and read an interactive storybook about Ollie the Narwhal celebrating under the sea. It's all free, beautifully designed and great fun.
Download your child's festive activity pack now!
- KS1 & KS2 packs
- Christmas-themed English, maths and science activities
- Perfect activity pack to keep kids busy and learning over the Christmas break
Best for Christmas maths: Topmarks
From decorating virtual jumpers and sequencing festive patterns to finding mirror symmetry in Christmas images, the Topmarks interactive Christmas games will offer your child the chance to practise their counting, matching and ordering skills the December way! All the games are free, colourful and easy to play on a tablet or desktop computer.
Best for Christmas stories: Storynory
Storynory is the largest archive of free children’s audiobooks online and there are loads of festive tales to listen to, from the classic poem The Night Before Christmas to A Christmas Carol (retold for children as a mini-play) and Storynory exclusive Christmas stories. There are more 600 audio stories on the site – hours of free entertainment if your child enjoys curling up and listening to a beautifully told tale.
Best for Christmas wordplay: Woo! Jr. Kids Activities
A brilliant set of Christmas fill in the blank stories (or word puzzle ad libs) to help get everyone in the festive spirit. How silly, original or contradictory can you be in your word choices? Which family member can come up with the most bizarre stories? Fill-the-blank word puzzles are a great way to boost your child's vocabulary and understanding of the different parts of speech. Free to download and print.
Best for festive story-telling: Discovering Children's Books, the British Library
Make up your own festive stories with the guidance of the Discovering Children's Books activities on the British Library website. Go on a winter adventure: you'll need some paper, scissors, and something to draw your characters with. What adventure will they embark on? And why not make a place that your characters can discover, like a snowy forest?
Best for printable worksheets: TheSchoolRun festive fun learning packs
Packed with presents, elves, reindeer, snow and Santa, TheSchoolRun's Festive fun activities for KS1 and Festive fun activities for KS2 will keep kids busy and learning over the Christmas break. For Y1 and Y2 there are letters to Santa to write, presents to count and a Christmas model village to build. Older kids have present-delivery schedules to work out, Grotto problems to solve and light and dark experiments to try.
If you are a TheSchoolRun subscriber the packs are free to download as part of your subscription, but they can also be purchased for £3.95 each in TheSchoolRun Bookshop.