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Best Christmas learning websites for children

Best Christmas learning websites for children
Harness the pre-Christmas excitement with some festive online learning, from coding games starring Santa's elves to themed science experiments, seasonal stories and gingerbread counting interactives. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas (learning fun)...
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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.

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 science activities: Santa’s STEM workshop from the IET

 

The Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Santa’s STEM workshop is packed with festive-themed engineering and technology activities for kids aged 4 to 13.

Why not do some festive baking with marshmallow snowballs, do some electric dough experiments, make your own Christmas cracker, create a snow globe or design a super sleigh? Or why not try your hand at insulating Santa's packed lunch, making Rudolph's nose light up or producing a basket to store presents? Detailed instructions are provided for each activity.

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 websiteGo 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.