Print and Play!
is a Christmas-themed “escape room” for educational fun for your students in the lead-up to Christmas or anytime you are teaching the works of Charles Dickens, or what life was like in Victorian London, or the beginning of he Industrial Revolution. This escape room contains five exciting puzzles that students need to solve in order to find a secret keyword
to give the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come.
This product is also included in a BUNDLE!
What is the prep?
Prep involves printing. There are optional hint cards you can print and cut out. No other prep or materials necessary, though some optional ideas are also provided in the instructions.
Will I have to buy anything extra?
No, you do NOT need any fancy locks or to use any Google forms.
What supplies are needed?
Paper (8.5in x 11in)
A printer (preferably color)
Optional: scissors, envelops, stick-on bows
Do my students need to know A Christmas Carol?
No. A very short backstory is provided. However, students may find the activity more fun if they do know the story.
What will my students do?
Working in small groups of 3-6, your students will cooperate to solve 5 puzzles to help Ebenezer Scrooge find the secret word
and ‘Escape his fate’ to Christmas Morning. If you are a homeschooler a single child can complete this, but it may take longer and require more hints. The puzzles are:
Old Money Puzzle:
Students will read about the relationship between pounds, shillings, farthings, pence and crowns (images are included in the description). Then they will add up the values of the coins Scrooge has to determine which wedding ring he could buy his fiancée Belle.
Students will use a Victorian era map of Hyde Park to retrace Scrooge’s steps after reading about where he went shopping (street names and landmarks are included).
Students will work together to solve a logic grid puzzle to determine who Scrooge should sit next to at Fezziwig’s Christmas Eve Party. Instructions about how to solve a logic grid are included on the sheet given to students.
Students will unscramble the names and quantities of common vegetables to determine what everyone ate during Christmas dinner at Bob Cratchit’s house.
Students will work together to decipher an encryption on a tombstone, using a cipher key.
How long does this take?
About 40 minutes. Either the Tombstone or Logic puzzles can be skipped to make this shorter.
What is included in this digital download?
This is a zip folder that includes the following pages as PDFs:
• Easy-to-follow printing and set-up instructions, with additional optional ideas
• A complete walkthrough with solutions to all puzzles
• An explanation of Victorian money and how much three rings cost
• A sheet with various coins that students will need to count
• A Victorian London map of the area around Hyde Park
• A story of where Scrooge went shopping with thematic occupations (e.g., cobbler)
• A logic grid puzzle about people at a Christmas party with reference to Victorian occupations and London boroughs (gender balanced)
• A scrambled list of what everyone ate for Christmas Dinner at Bob Cratchit’s House
• A tombstone cipher puzzle
• A cipher decoder/key
• A worksheet for students to write down the solutions they find. This has a brief backstory of A Christmas Carol.
• A “Victorian Times” summary to read to the class at the end that explains which modern Christmas traditions started in Victorian England and how British money has changed.
• A step-by-step walkthrough of the logic grid (both versions) that you can print for your students or show them as a powerpoint.
• Hint cards for students
• A poster for your door (8.5 x 11in)
• A “You Escaped to Christmas Morning!” poster with thematically-related inspirational poem (8.5 x 11in)
• Alternative versions of the logic grid puzzle, coin puzzle and word scramble puzzle for younger or less able students
Christmas Trivia Quiz
I may be able to provide customized versions of this activity upon request. American spelling has been used, I am happy to change this to British spelling upon request.
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