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Christmas Code Crackers | Whole Class Game

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Whole class games and challenging code crackers are trending in classrooms right now. Discover how you and your students can have fun cracking codes, develop Higher Order Thinking and a whole lot more! Due to popular demand, we have created a collection of Holiday Code Crackers perfect for Christmas time.


Wondering which year levels can enjoy these whole class games? Well, so that everyone can crack codes, we have created a Holiday Code Cracker for lower, middle and upper years! Each whole class game has the same structure, but has been carefully differentiated for kids of all ages!

 In this blog, I’m going to focus on the Holiday Code Cracker: Middle Years – Whole Class Game. Stay with me to find out more…

Six Fabulous Mysteries to Solve!

The Holiday Code Cracker: Middle Years – Whole Class Game includes an introductory poem, 6 puzzle activities and a final riddle. Students work in groups to solve each puzzle in order to reveal 6 numbers. Next, students combine the numbers and work out the number order to open a lock combination.

whole class game starting with an introductory riddle.

Take a look at the first puzzle – the Holiday Tree Wheel! What is the mystery number?


Other activities include:

  • Rudolph’s Present Predicament
  • Trifle Tower
  • Cryptic Chatterbox
  • Holiday Treasure Hunt
  • Party Light Chaos
  • Holiday Hooray! Final Riddle

Teaching and Learning Focus

Code Crackers are topping the charts because they are exciting, engaging and develop a diverse range of skills. While your students are in a world of excitement and fun, they will be developing critical and creative skills and a host of other essential life skills like untangling Christmas lights!

task cards and mysterious puzzles to solve.

For example, your students will develop skills in:

Head to our puzzle collection for a wide range of Literacy, Numeracy and HASS related puzzles.

Code Crackers Made Easy!

I know what you are thinking…this all sounds like hard work. But, fear not. We know how time poor you are. So, to make your life easier, we’ve included teacher instructions, activity answers, activity templates and task cards!

whole class game with teacher instructions and answers!

As you can see, code crackers are perfect to use as a whole class game where students work in six small groups. So ideally, each group will rotate around the six activities and have a go at all of them. Don’t forget to use the Teacher Information Sheet as a step-by-step guide and follow these top tips:

  1. Arrange your students into 6 mixed ability groups and set up your 6 stations.
  2. Set the combination locks.
  3. As a class read the Season’s Greetings Introductory Riddle to the students and ask if they have any questions.
  4. Monitor and support your students as they complete their puzzle. Undo any misconceptions along the way.
  5. Once a group has completed all six puzzles, check the numbers before reading the Holiday Hooray! Final Riddle.
  6. Use the final riddle to work out the correct number order to crack the code (refer to the answers on the Teacher Information Sheet).

Escape Room – Whole Class Game

To set up an escape room style whole class game, why not hide a class reward in a lockable box. Need some ideas of what to put into the box?

solve the final riddle and crack the code to find a class award!

When it comes to what to put into the lockable box, sweet treats or lollies might be an obvious choice. But, what about awarding your class with an hours personal choice or a pizza day!

Can your students crack the code?

For more puzzle fun read Holly’s blog End of Year Activity Ideas | Christmas Puzzle Fun.

Download Holiday Code Cracker: Middle Years – Whole Class Game now and find out!


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  • Rebecca Riley

    Does anyone know a good place to get a lockable box ?

    • Paul (Teach Starter)

      Hi Rebecca, I typed 'lockable box' into my preferred search engine and found a good number of options available. Hopefully, a similar search will provide you with similar results in your local area.

    • Eva Carless

      I think Bunnings sell them.

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