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Oh no! A group of elves has accidentally been locked in the Super Secret Toy Room in Santa’s Workshop! With only four days left until Christmas, Santa needs EVERY SINGLE elf making toys!
It’s your job to travel through Santa’s Workshop and rescue the elves.
But along the way, you encounter five different obstacles that you’ll have to overcome before you can make it to the Super Secret Toy Room and unlock the door.
Are you ready for the challenge?
Ready to take your classroom Christmas activities to a whole other level? Your students are going to LOVE this Christmas Escape Room-style activity where they will crack codes and work together as a team, ultimately saving the elves!
Your students will be completing five different challenges (or obstacles) in order to make it through Santa’s Workshop and save the elves.
(Please download the free preview to see exactly which skills are being reinforced. Thank you!)
OBSTACLE #1: CREATE YOUR MAP
Do you know how big Santa’s Workshop is? It’s HUGE! In order to get the elves out of the Super Secret Toy Room, you need a plan of action - and that starts with a map.
Use the clues on each task card to map your way through all of the twists and turns of Santa’s Workshop.
Math Skills: multiples of 10, basic operations
OBSTACLE #2: A WRAPPING PAPER MESS!
As you make your way through Santa’s Workshop, you notice a huge mess of wrapping paper in front of you! Those elves need to learn how to clean up after themselves!
There’s no way that you’ll be able to get through the corridor unless you clean up and organize the wrapping paper.
First, calculate the area and perimeter of each piece of wrapping paper. Use the area and perimeter to generate a code.
Math Skills: area, perimeter
OBSTACLE #3: MRS. CLAUS AND HER COOKIE RECIPE
You’re getting closer to the room where the elves are trapped! As you make your way through the twists and turns, you see Mrs. Claus up ahead. She looks upset.
“Why are you upset,” you ask her.
“It’s my cookies,” she says with a sad look on her face. “I need to make a double batch of cookies for tonight’s supper, but I can’t figure out how to double my recipe.”
You are in a huge hurry to save the elves, but you can’t just leave Mrs. Claus when she is so upset. You decide to help her double the recipe.
Math Skills: fractions, adding fractions
OBSTACLE #4: THE GREAT BATTERY CHALLENGE
As you get closer and closer to the Super Secret Toy Room, you round a corner and see quite a sight! There are two tiny elves, surrounded by hundreds of batteries!
“What in the world are you two doing?” you ask.
“Well,” says the first elf in a matter-of-fact tone, “we need to put batteries in all of the toys to get them ready for Christmas. But first we need to figure out how many batteries we need in all!”
“Would you please help us?” pleads the second elf.
These two look like they could definitely use some help.
‘What’s a few more minutes,” you think to yourself as you kneel down on the ground and begin helping the elves figure out how many batteries they’ll need.
Math Skills: multiplication or repeated addition
OBSTACLE #5: THE SNOW CODE
You can hardly believe it, but you’ve reached the Super Secret Toy Room! You turn the door knob but it’s locked. That figures! You can hear the elves banging on the door so you need to work fast.
“Just a minute,” you call to them. “I’ll have you out of there as soon as I can!”
You notice boxes and boxes of snow blocks sitting outside the room. You wonder what the boxes could be for. Then you see the note on the door.
"Welcome to the Super Secret Toy Room.
To unlock this door, you must use the snow code."
Well, you’ve made it this far, so surely you can solve this code too.
Math Skills: volume
Are you interested in using this with 3rd grade students? With the teamwork aspect of this Escape Room, the activities may be suitable for you. Please download the free preview to see exactly which skills are being reinforced. Thank you!