Need a no-prep Christmas activity to entertain your little elves this holiday season? Challenge them to solve one of these free printable Christmas sudoku puzzles for kids!
Lately, I can’t seem to decide whether to be shocked that it’s already December or thrilled that 2020 is almost over.
Either way, Christmas is coming, and that means my kids are acting out “Santa Claus comes down the chimney” in their bedroom each night (which means they take turns putting on a Santa hat and squirming down through the space between their bunk bed and the wall to bring “gifts” to each other…I have no idea where they come up with these ideas).
It also means it’s time to break out the holiday activities!
My kids loved the Halloween sudoku puzzles I created in the fall, so I decided to make a Christmas version, too! They are a great way to keep kids learning and thinking even when their little heads are full of visions of sugar plums and candy canes.
(Shout out to all the homeschooling moms who are going a little crazy right now…I feel you.)
So many possible uses…
These puzzles can be used in a variety of ways:
- Set them out on the table as an invitation along with afternoon snack
- Hand them out as a fun homeschool activity
- Make lots of copies to use for a class party
- Use them to keep the kids entertained on Christmas Eve while they wait for the Santa to come
However you use them, I hope they bring you a few minutes of peace during such a busy time of year. If you’re anything like me, you could really use a little more peace and quiet.
Something for everyone…
There are several different versions of the puzzles, some easier for younger kids and some more challenging for older kids. My six- and eight-year-old boys were both able to figure them out without any help from me!
I also included some that have a classic “Christmas” theme, and others that are a more generic “Winter Fun” theme. Use them all now, or save the winter ones to fight off the January winter blues.
What we’re learning…
Not that every activity has to be educational, but isn’t it great when games can also serve a higher purpose? Sudoku helps kids develop the following valuable skills:
- Recognizing patterns
- Understanding logic
- Sorting items
- Developing fine motor skills (through drawing)