Holiday Coding Activities

The holidays are a great time for kids to practice their coding skills and apply them to some fun activities with family. Below are some holiday-themed activities for the budding coder(s) in your family.

Holiday Algorithms

Blimey Box – This website includes printable activity sheets that require students to find the correct algorithms to move holiday characters around a game board.

Binary Ornaments

Coding STEM Challenge – Learn the binary alphabet while creating a holiday ornament.

Santa Tracker

Google Santa Tracker – In addition to to tracking Santa, students can complete holiday coding activities and learn about holiday traditions around the world.

Code With Anna and Elsa

Anna and Elsa From Code.org – Learn to code with Anna and Elsa while creating snowflakes, exploring patterns, and more.

Holiday Card

Interactive Holiday Card – Use Scratch to create and code an interactive holiday card to send to friends and family.

About the author: Shawn D. Walk is the owner of Code2Discover, a business dedicated to helping students discover their ability to create and shape the world around them through coding. He has been teaching technology, coding, and 21st century skills for nearly 15 years. He is a certified elementary teacher in PA and has a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. He is also a previous owner of an educational technology company that pioneered using Minecraft as an educational tool in the Pittsburgh region. His goal is to help kids learn the skills they need in today’s world, but also help them believe they can be the creators of new technology instead of simply consuming it.

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