Christmas Kriss Kross Puzzles

kriss-kross17-christmasV1Solve these Christmas word puzzles as a way to develop logical thinking and pattern matching skills needed to enjoy both computing and maths, while practicing reading, writing and spelling. (see also our general kriss-kross page).

Kriss-kross puzzles combine a love of words with a love of logic. Given a list of words of different lengths, you must fit them all in to the grid.

Learn about:

  • logical thinking
  • sequencing
  • pattern matching
  • computational thinking

Also for younger children practice and explore:

  • numeracy
  • counting
  • writing letters
  • spelling

Teach as part of:

  • computing
  • maths
  • english, or
  • linked to a theme

Starting Strategies

  • If there is only one word of any length left then find the blank word in the grid of that length and the word goes there.
  • If you know some letters of a word in the grid then count how many letters long it is and compare the unused words of that length with the pattern of known letters. If only one matches you have found where it goes. Otherwise you need more information so try another word in the grid.


Kriss-Kross Puzzle 2 – Christmas

kriss-kross16-penguinsV1Kriss-Kross Puzzle 16 – penguins

kriss-kross17-christmasV1Kriss-Kross Puzzle 17 – Christmas



This work was supported by the Institute of Coding, which is supported by the Office for Students (OfS).
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