Cracking the Classroom Code™ 1st Grade Christmas Math Escape Room


Will your class escape in time? Try this escape room style game with your students today! This is a fun game that is perfect for reviewing counting within 120, and comparing numbers with your 1st grade students. Students will be subtracting within 100 with two-digit numbers.


Will your class escape in time? Try this escape room style game with your students today! This is a fun game that is perfect for reviewing counting within 120, and comparing numbers with your 1st grade students. Students will be subtracting within 100 with two-digit numbers.

This is an interactive game where the students are timed. They are trying to escape Santa’s snowed in workshop. Students must solve a string of questions and clues, as well as decode different ciphers, to escape. This game is to be played as a whole class. The teacher will lead the game.

**Versions with and without QR codes included!

Students try and solve clues and questions to breakout and escape the classroom. You, the teacher, can decide how much time your students have to complete the task. I suggest 45 minutes, but it is up to your discretion. You can project a timer for your class, or put one somewhere for all the students to see, so they can keep track of how much time they have left to complete their task.

This is similar to a scavenger hunt where students will be moving around the room, looking for clues to unlock their envelopes (I have included riddles and suggestions on where to hide each clue). A paper is provided so students can write their work down. For many of the questions, students must have an answer that matches one on an envelope. If the answers do not match, they can’t open or “unlock” the envelope, and must rework the question.

*Everything is included, however teachers must provide their own envelopes.

I give step by step instructions on how to set up the game, including pictures! This is sure to capture the attention of your students.


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81 reviews for Cracking the Classroom Code™ 1st Grade Christmas Math Escape Room

  1. Toni J.

    A lot of prep work, directions were pretty clear. Students had a blast!

  2. Buyer

    So excited to use this with my first graders

  3. Erin V.

    Can’t wait until Christmas to use this!

  4. Melinda R.

    Loved this resource!

  5. Maghan C.

    My students loved it! Very engaging!

  6. Jennifer B.

    Great resource!

  7. Paige E.

    Thanks for your hard work.

  8. Mary Ann H.

    Thank you so much!

  9. Karen N.

    My students loved!

  10. Jennie S.

    Thank you!

  11. Crystal W.


  12. Natalie Mitchell

    Thank You

  13. Kelly A.


  14. Destiny W.

    This was wonderful! The kids had fun doing this and then asked to do it again!

  15. Teach Love Firsties

    My kiddos loved completing this challenge!

  16. Celeste Potts

    WONDERFUL! We loved this!

  17. Carol Cozart

    My class is going to love this!

  18. Rulers and Pan Balances

    Fun activity, but requires a lot of teacher involvement. Would be best in small guided group.

  19. Sara P.

    Fun to use before break.

  20. Leah M.

    My students had fun doing this activity.

  21. Traci W.

    We did this whole group with our first graders, it was hard but they really had a good time. It was great to see them working together to figure things out.

  22. Janelle H.

    Super fun and engaging! We escaped! Yay!

  23. BoymomBookmom

    So engaging and fun! We loved this and plan to buy more!

  24. Debbie

    Fiddly but great fun when organised

  25. Terri P.

    This was a great activity to do right before Winter Break, the kids loved it!!

  26. Richelle Lefler

    Great fun!

  27. Dawn G.

    Thank you! My students absolutely love completing and Cracking the Code! Looking forward to purchasing more!

  28. Michele P.

    Such a fun activity for the crazy period before break! The kids had fun and were still learning!

  29. Teaching Tails A.

    My students love these! This is a great, fun way to review material!

  30. Kaitlan E.

    I was so excited to do this with my high achieving clustered first graders. However, it had too many particular steps. I ended up having to stop the first group and quit the activity because it was too hard for them to complete, even with prompting help.

  31. Alexis F.

    Awesome activity! My first graders loved it!!

  32. Jessica B.

    This was so much fun! I can’t wait to try another!

  33. Joslyn Buhler

    Fun activity to do. It is better for the older grades.

  34. Kristena I.

    My kids loved trying to escape the workshop! Perfect for the last day before break!

  35. Barrie M.

    I did this activity on our last day before break…in a self-contained 1/2 class! My kiddos LOVED it. I used this as a small group, teacher/assistant led activity. AMAZING!

  36. Stacy G.


  37. Sabrina S.

    This was SO much fun! Thank you!

  38. The Chocolate Teacher

    My students enjoyed this activity. Thanks!

  39. Hannah Clary


  40. Michelle A.

    This was so much fun!

  41. Mickelle B.

    This is great! Thanks!

  42. J w

    I love these! Please make more to go along with first grade standards! My students love doing them. They are so engaged and encourage others through the entire activity.

  43. Elizabeth H.

    Another great one! So excited!

  44. Ellen M.

    Instructions were so precise! I love this product!

  45. First Grade Boogers and Brain Farts

    Excited to use this with my kiddos!

  46. Lewis Christmas II

    Wonderful product!

  47. Caitlin’s Classroom

    I am so excited about this project! I have heard great things and I’m sure my kids will love it!

  48. sarah D.


  49. Make Teaching Moore Fun

    This is great! Thank you so much!

  50. Melissa R.


  51. Mrs Rios Printables

    I’m sure my students will enjoy this one as much as the thanksgiving one! Thank you!

  52. Tonya F.

    Love your work. Keep on making these. Need some for kinders please.

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  54. Yanini C.

    Excited to implement…seems engaging and fun!

  55. Elizabeth B.

    I loved Teresa’s Escape Room freebie so much that I purchased three more! I can’t wait do do this with the kids!

  56. Ali H.

    Looking forward to using this the last couple of days before break!

  57. Perfectly Primary in Peoria

    We started with the Turkey cracking the classroom code and my kiddos have been begging for another one! This is perfect, thanks!

  58. Janelle M.

    My students love the challenge. Thanks!

  59. Tracy F.

    I have been looking for something like this! Thank you so much1

  60. Chase S.

    These are awesome! My kiddos loved the Thanksgiving one and asked when we could do another!

  61. Hillery Kennedy

    I just love these cracking the code activities. I did the zombie one around Halloween time and my first graders just loved it. I got my principal involved by giving her a zombie mask and she wondered around the room while the kids completed the task. These are so worth the purchase! Please keep them coming!

  62. Valerie T.

    I can’t wait to do this with my students.

  63. elizabeth T.

    Love it!

  64. Christina O.

    I’m going to try this with my group. It looks like fun.

  65. TeachMrsDTeach

    My class is going to LOVE this! We will do this on our next STEM day!

  66. Alli L.

    This is wonderful!

  67. Jaymee B.

    Amazing like thenothers! I can’t wait to use this in December

  68. Chelsea C.

    So ready to use this! Looks amazing.

  69. Jennifer Boughner

    looking forward to trying this with my class!

  70. Augusta Chambers

    So much fun! Thank You!!

  71. Buyer

    Can’t wait to use this!

  72. Live Love Laugh Teach23

    Awesome product! Love these and can’t wait to use this one this Christmas!

  73. Karen D.

    After hearing all of the hype about Escape Rooms and Break Outs, I can’t wait to try it!

  74. Amanda G.

    Looks great can’t wait to try it!!

  75. Sheri D.

    The students I work with enjoy doing these. Thank you!

  76. Angel S.

    Can’t wait to do this!

  77. Lauren M.

    These are my new obsession, the kids love them, they are easy to organize and fun!

  78. Alison N.

    Can’t wait to use this! Thank you!

  79. Amanda H.

    I cannot wait to use this! I’ve been wanting to try one of these but I have a lower group of 2nd graders this year so I’m so glad you made a 1st grade one! I hope you make more 1st grade ones!!!!

  80. Melissa V.

    So fun!

  81. Sarah A.

    I love these and so do my kids! Thank you!

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