Code your way through the Christmas season with these Christmas unplugged coding activities for kids! From elves to snowmen, learn how to think like a computer programmer, and write some basic algorithms and pseudocode!
You’ll even find some fun Christmas coding artwork! Similar block coding activities are also available on coding websites and applications for kids including Scratch, Kodable, and Code.org.
WHY ARE UNPLUGGED CODING ACTIVITIES IMPORTANT?
Unplugged coding activities are designed to build the foundation of coding. These activities are essentially games and activities that teach children how to think logically about objects, how to break down large tasks into smaller tasks that are easier to complete, and how to identify errors.
Working hands-on makes coding concepts tangible and unplugged coding activities are ideal for young coders. Unplugged coding activities are pretty easy to set up. We recently used basic coding concepts to code artwork!
Christmas Unplugged Coding Activities for Kids
From elves to snowmen, learn how to think like a computer programmer, and write some basic algorithms and pseudocode!
Christmas Algorithm Art Unplugged Coding Activity
This Christmas tree algorithm art activity is a great unplugged coding activity for kids K-8 to learn how actions can be turned into algorithms.
After completing the activity, kids can work together to communicate their written program to their peers (or siblings in our case) to test out and debug their Christmas tree code.
Communicate Like a Programmer with Christmas LEGO Building Cards
Do you think you can communicate like a computer programmer? Test your communication skills by giving another person step-by-step directions on how to build a Christmas LEGO design without them seeing the final result.
This is a great activity for kids to work on following and communicating multiple action step instructions to complete a task, solve a problem, or perform a procedure.
Christmas Pixel Puzzles: Free Color by Number Activity
These Christmas Pixel Puzzles are a great way to introduce image representation on computers as well as work on number and color recognition.
Computers break pictures down into tiny blocks of color known as pixels. Pixels are organized in a grid and each block contains a single color.
Guess the Elf Boolean Coding Activity for Christmas
Learn about boolean and comparison operators with this Guess the Elf boolean coding activity! Boolean logic sounds like a pretty complex concept, but it’s actually very easy to understand.
Booleans are a type of data that has two values either true or false that can be used to evaluate logical questions.
Dress the Elf With this Christmas Boolean Logic Activity
Trixie the Elf needs helping searching for the perfect outfit for each day of the week. Learn how to use boolean expressions to narrow down exactly the right outfit in this Christmas Elf boolean logic activity.
Christmas Sudoku Logical Reasoning Activity for Kids
This Christmas Sudoku activity is a way to introduce kids as young as preschool to the rules and the use of logical reasoning to solve a problem.
Test Your Logical Thinking with this Christmas Logic Word Puzzle
Logic puzzles are a great activity to strengthen logical reasoning skills, boolean, and comparison skills while working with a series of selection statements.
This Christmas logic word puzzle activity is a way for kids to use logical thinking and pattern matching paired with spatial recognition and spelling.
Winter Coding Worksheet: Frosty Sequences
Find the correct sequence to help Frosty the Snowman find his way through town before he melts away in this unplugged coding worksheet for kids! This free worksheet is great to print to use in a classroom or even at home!
We like to practice verbalizing our sequences as well because it helps to practice coding concepts in different ways in order to master them!
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Find more Christmas STEAM Activities for Kids
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Hey there, I’m Toni! I’m a software engineer and Maker Mom that finds my joy in unleashing my children’s curiosity by exploring STEAM concepts with my fantastic five!
When I’m not chasing toddlers or raising tweens, you can find me tearing things up and putting them back together over here at Our Family Code.
I am the owner and content creator of multiple educational websites designed to increase access to STEAM & STEM education with a focus on teaching computer science and coding to kids of all ages!
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Monday 9th of December 2019
Hi! I love your Frosty coding sheet but I am confused if he is supposed to go through the town or not? Is he supposed to avoid the pictures? Thanks!
Monday 9th of December 2019
Yes. The goal is to find a path around the pictures (or obstacles).
For more advanced kid coders or to change the activity up, you can have Frosty go through the town and over the hills of snow while also avoiding the traffic cop and the sun.
You can also use this activity with a robot like Botley or Dash!