Will your class escape in time? Try this escape room game with your students today! Your class has been locked in an ice castle by Jack Frost! Students will be learning about different winter holiday traditions that are celebrated all over the world. This game is intended for 3rd-5th grade students. Students will be practicing reading comprehension skills, as well as social studies skills.
This is an interactive game where the students are timed. They are trying to escape an ice castle that they have been locked i n by Jack Frost. Students must solve a string of questions and clues, as well as decode different ciphers to escape. If your class has never played an escape game before, I suggest playing this as a whole class. However, materials are provided for up to 6 different groups to play at one time.
**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 45-60 minutes, but it is up to your discretion. You can even split the time up and play 30 minutes one day, and 30 minutes a second day. Also, 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.
Holidays students will learn about:
Chinese New Year
Saint Lucia Day
Paula Q. –
Students loved this activity! Product was what was represented. Excellent activity for holidays!
Samantha P. –
Great activity for the week leading up to winter Break! Thank you.
Susan H. –
Looks interesting and I hope to use this, this year.
Lona B. –
Tyler K. –
So excited to use this around Holiday time in my Social Studies 6 class!
Stephanie B. –
Lindsey H. –
Super excited to use this resource this year! Thanks!!
4th Grade Cupcakes –
Very fun, but sooooo much prep work.
Erin P. –
Thank you! Just what i was looking for!
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Mckenzie C. –
Such a fun escape room and a great way to teach my students other countries’ customs.
Brooke K. –
Looking forward to using these.
Stephanie D. –
Christina W. –
This was such a fun way to review some skills before break!
Rebecca R. –
I loved this activity. Our group of kids this year did need more time to figure out the answers.
Heather L. –
Fun educational activity!
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Kristie J. –
Love, love, love!!!
Erica K. –
Students loved cracking the code and I loved watching the teamwork that was involved.
A Little Piece of World History –
Thanks for the great resource!
Courtney S. –
This was so fun before break!
Heather S –
Easy to set up, cant wait to try
Michelle P. –
My students really enjoyed this activity!!
Amy J. –
Resource is fun and very engaging. Time consuming to set up, but will be able to use forever!
Alex L. –
This was so much fun! Thank you!
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Katie V. –
I am so excited to use this.
stacey B. –
My kids enjoy these games so much! You need to plan ahead and get these ready before the kids arrive. So worth the time and effort! Thank you for such a fun activity!
Denise H. –
Thanks cant wait to try
aimee S. –
My students loved this!
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Tonya W. –
I loved this.
Cary S. –
Great activity for those last few days before Christmas Break.
Rebecca M. –
Awesome activity! My students were engaged and learning.
Carolyn F. –
Looking forward to using this in December.
The Busy Bee in Grade Three –
My students and I LOVED this! It was such a fun way to learn about the holidays around the world. I even posted a video and the parents thought it was awesome too! I love it so much, this activity will become a staple in my classroom before winter break.
Kathleen M. –
THis was fun
Beth M. –
It brought in additional information to my group. Once you do one the set up is so much easier following.This is a great culminating activity when they can show what they know in a slightly competitive forum. WE LOVED IT!
Bailey Bosman –
One of the greatest things I have done all year! Thank you for making this so simple to implement in my room! Will be purchasing others as well! 🙂
Shookster’s Nook –
Thank you. Great resource!
Lyndsey Stodnick –
Great resource! Thank you!
Harris R. –
Alyssa Schulist –
My students loved this one! Thank you!
Colleen M. –
So great! Thanks
christine R. –
Awesome resource! Thank you.
Melissa T. –
My students love your escape rooms! Thank you for a great resource!
Mary Cathryn G. –
Looking forward to using this!
Elizabeth G. –
So much fun and engaging for all students.
Amy S. –
A great and valuable class activity.
Catherine W. –
Jessica D. –
My students LOVED this. They used these packets to assist and supplement their holiday/country research projects. The really enjoyed the craft activities that were included.
Jodie T. –
Kristin Y. –
Had so much fun doing this! Thanks!
Kamilla R. –
My students LOVED this!! Thank you!!!
Anna R. –
This looks awesome! I can’t wait to use this next holiday season! Thank you for sharing.
Paula I. –
Jon Ruiz –
My students really loved this!
Rachel Boatwright –
Thank you! This was very helpful, and the kids had a blast.
Veronica S. –
Awesome product! Keep them coming!!
Thanks so much! Great resource.
Kimberly S. –
This product is well made and I can’t wait to use it with my class.
Sarah O. –
Such a great resource to add to our Holidays around the world unit!
Christel P. –
Absolutely loved this. Thank you.
Almost There –
The prep was a bit confusing and time consuming but the activity was very fun.
Katie Wilson –
My students loved this! Will definitely use this each year around the holidays!
Kelsey S. –
kim vincent –
Students did this the last day before winter break and had a blast.
Krista D. –
Can’t wait to try this with my class!
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Leah Volpe –
My students had a great time with this activity! They were very engaged and truly enjoyed playing this game on the day before winter break!
Joan Vogt –
Super easy to use and the kids LOVED it!
Super fun! My students had a blast!
LB W. –
My students had an absolute blast with this one! They keep asking me to do it again!
Stefani K. –
I love this packet. Thanks for your hard work.
Sharon S. –
This was a lot of fun. It was a bit challenging for my third graders, but I knew it would be and it worked well. It was easy to see that the groups who worked together did well and those who fought didn’t finish on time. I’m sure I’ll get another.
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Hanna H. –
It took quite a lot of prep to put this together. After I stared at the directions until my eyes crossed a bunch of times, I finally figured it out! Phew! My students really enjoyed this activity and I love that they were able to learn more about holidays around the world. This activity covered more than most that I found, which was awesome! Thanks for taking the time to create all of this content!
Laura C. –
Very engaging! The kiddos loved this activity,
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Kelsey C. –
Love this activity!
Carrie Taylor –
This was great for the last week before break! My kids loved it!
Stephanie B. –
My class loved this activity!
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Anita A. –
My students LOVED this! It was much fun and they learned quite a bit!
This is my second cracking the code purchase and I will be back for more. My students love these and they are so well done. We loved learning about different cultures and holidays.
We are so excited to implement this in our classroom!
Lydia M. –
Great for right before the holiday break!
Cassandra L. –
This is a great resource! Very high-quality and easy to understand. I will be purchasing more. Thank you!
Patricia R. –
This paired up perfectly with our lesson on holidays around the world! Thank you! Very fun and engaging.
Marina B. –
very engaging activity!
Divina C. –
This was so much fun for the kids and we all learned so much!!
Meghan C. –
This was awesome! Such a great activity before the break!
Marsalynn G. –
Love that this activity doesn’t just include Christmas. My kids really enjoyed learning about all the different holidays and look forward to doing more of these Cracking the Classroom Codes.
Lindsey C. –
My kids loved this!
Shannon P. –
One of the best activities we have done! The kids loved it!
Emily B. –
These escape rooms are so engaging for the kiddos and they love them!! Thanks! 🙂
Brittney K. –
I am excited to use this!
Teach In The South –
This was a lot of fun!
Happy Little Voices –
Fantastic resource, thank you so much!
Danielle L. –
Loved this resource!
Leann Brookshire –
Great Challenge for my kiddos. Very engaging.
Crazy Curls in Third Grade –
My kids loved this Crack the Code. We did it the day before we left on winter break! Perfect!
Shannon Gerber –
A new style of activity for us, and the students loved it!
Cali McCord –
My students absolutely LOVED this activity. I enjoyed seeing them work together and work through some frustrations to complete the task. It was a great learning experience for everybody!
Stefanie Z. –
The directions were simple to understand.
This was an awesome activity for my students to do on the day before our Winter Holiday break.
Heather Breaux –
The kids loved it!!!
My students really enjoyed this! Thanks!
Tarah H. –
My students loved doing this activity.
Cute as a Button Teaching Resources –
This was the first “escape room” type activity I tried in my classroom. We did it right before Winter Break. The students really enjoyed it! The teacher instructions were easy to follow to put together the activity.
Ashley S. –
The upper graders at our school did this in 3 groups of 4! They had such a blast and it was great for their critical thinking and logic skills.
Shannon C. –
Excellent resource. Some of my kiddos helped me create the materials for each group. I am curious – since I teach 4 different classes – any suggestions for a quick turn around to set up the clues for the next classes?
Lisa W. –
My students loved it!
Ashley M. –
Fun way to enjoy time before our holiday break.
Michelle B. –
Loved this so much, i also bought your other one!! Thx for making and posting this!
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Susan Graves –
We had a blast doing this a few months ago. Warning! It takes time to set up for small groups. After I finished messing up organizing it, I was able to complete a small group pack in about 20 minutes. LOL Thank you!!! We loved it and well worth the time (and frustration) in setting it up. You thought of everything!
Carly M. –
My gate students really had fun
Tammy F. –
Lots of fun was had by all!
Lindsay K. –
I found this too late this year to fit it in before the holiday break! I will have it prepped and ready for next year!
Miranda Schildbach –
We had so much fun with this the last day before Winter break! I will caution, however, that it does require a LOT of prep.
Kimberly R. –
A highly engaging activity that my students enjoyed!
K Rahde –
Kids LOVED this!!! Perfect wrap up for our Holiday Traditions Around the World Unit.
Sarah Tuttle –
Such a fun culminating activity that my students were able to do right before winter break.
Katie P. –
My students loved this activity! It is so helpful and allows them to think outside the box!
Amy B. –
I can’t wait to use this resource with my students next year!
Norma R. –
This is a great resource to get students engaged before break!
Nicole B. –
Not as easy if you don’t have 1:1 devices. Well done though!
Laurel McGowan –
The set up took a long time!!
Pamela G. –
My class enjoyed this. Thank you so much!
Flipped Reading –
My students really enjoyed this activity!
Kayla C. –
The instructions were a bit confusing but once I figured it out they followed a logical sequence. More clarification at the beginning of the instructions would be helpful. My students enjoyed this activity and learned a lot.
Chelsea N. –
This is amazing! Thanks!
Two Nuts Teachin’ from the Same Tree –
CG Designs –
This was a big hit!
I can’t wait to try this!
Anne R. –
A lot of fun!
Kim C. –
This was my first purchase of this type, but it won’t be my last. So much fun for the kids – and they still learn, so yay!
Fab in 4th Grade –
My students really enjoyed this activity!
Cheryl G. –
This was so exciting for my students.
Michaela S. –
My students were very engaged during this!
Heather D. –
looking forward to using this with my students.
Katy H. –
Shelly L. –
Loved this! I teach gifted and talented learners and they loved doing this escape room. Thanks
Krista J. –
My students enjoyed this activity before the break
Callie Zenner –
Great! Students enjoyed and learned lots from this resource.
Carrie B. –
Such a fun activity for the week before winter break!!
Hannah E. –
Lots of set up but my kids LOVED it!
Kathy N. –
Fun for the students!
Vicki Marseglia –
Love love love!!!!!
Emily S. –
This was so much fun! My students had a great time participating in this activity and were all engaged.
This Teacher Life –
We absolutely love your Cracking the Code resources! Fantastic!
Cassandra Singleton –
A little difficult to set up but it all worked out!
Who Will “IB” Tomorrow –
My kids really enjoyed this!
Yolanda S. –
This was a wonderful resource for the holidays. My students really enjoyed it.
Sheri Lyn R. –
Loved this activity!
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MaKayla Adkins –
Excited to use this!
sonya I. –
This was so much fun. My kids loved it!
Mollie G. –
So much fun! Very througho directions.
Sandra Gregory –
Thank you. Great product
My students loved cracking the code and the learning!
April B. –
My class had so much fun doing this activity! Thank you so much!
Avocados and Teaching –
Fun holiday activity. Thank you!
Kathryn A. –
Little complicated to set up but the students totally enjoyed the tasks
Kiley Harguth –
This was so fun, my students love doing these! Thank you!
Fifth Grade’s the Charm –
Easy to set up and engaging for students!
Eva G. –
Thank you for another great Cracking the Code game. We love them! Thank you for sharing your work.
Andrea B. –
My students had so much fun cracking the code. Thank you for sharing this fun activity!
Dawn Morgan –
Cannot wait to use!
Sheila J. –
The kids LOVED this!!!! So much fun!!! I will be buying more!!!!
Fifth in the Middle –
Takes a little bit of time to set up, but completely worth it! We did it as a whole class and it took about 50 minutes. The students were really engaged! I’ll definitely be back for more!
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Kelly R. –
The step by step directions were so helpful. Thank you!
Kristin P. –
So excited to use this!
Charlotte H. –
I’m getting ready to prep this activity and I can’t wait for the students to try it out. I just don’t know which cards I should use. What is the purpose of the QR codes? Do the other cards give the answers away?
Jennifer S. –
Can’t wait to try!
Did this as a whole class since it was our first escape room, and my students loved it! It was a fun activity to do on the day before break and for my kids to learn about various holiday celebrations. I will most definitely be purchasing more and want to try dividing the class into groups next time now that they have more of an understanding of how to go about it. Thank you for such an amazing product!
The Unexpected Teacher –
Great product! Thank you!!
Kimberly M. –
I have used a few of these this year and they are amazing!! Thanks for creating a great quality product!
Rachel D. –
I prepped this activity tonight, and I cannot wait to try it with my students tomorrow. This looks engaging, entertaining, and meaningful!
Teaching On Grace Street –
My fourth and fifth graders played this today. They loved it! Thanks so much.
Thunderous in Third –
Excited to use this with my classroom! Thanks!
Susan T. –
I can’t wait to use this activity with my students…Thank you
Magan L. –
Great resource! Well laid out and I love the black and white option. My students absolutely love these activities!
Hawley’s Hallways –
So much fun!
kelly C. –
I love these activities and so do the kids
Sara Centanni –
Great product! Very well thought out
Tammi D. –
Awesome!! Thank you!!
Up and Away in 5th Grade –
Love you haunted house escape room. Can’t wait to use this one!
Michelle Nadeau –
While I love the idea of this activity, the prep work was a challenge! It was a lot of cutting and stuffing of envelopes to get ready. HOWEVER- I think this is going to be a worthwhile team building activity for my fifth graders! Thanks for your hard work!
Lindsay L. –
This is an excellent resource, but too complicated for our 6th graders. I modified it to use for a 30 minute class period. Thanks for all of your hard work.
Heather M. –
The students are going to love this
Kristen Ryan –
Ashli A to Z –
Love it! I can’t wait to use it this week!
Amanda C. –
It is a little complicated to first put together but my students LOVE it!! Thank you!
Kristina P. –
I am excited to use this in class this week. I think the students are going to love it. Great instructions for putting it all together.
Michelin T. –
Awesome resource! I can’t wait to use this with my students! Such a fun way to engage students before the Christmas break! Thank you
Sara Branaman –
I have several other of these. So excited to use this for the holidays.
Bethany Mackee –
My students are so excited for another crack the code! Thank you!
Amber B. –
Love these and my kiddos do also.
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Melissa G. –
Great activity for before Christmas.
Gaye M. –
I will be using this product this week!
sarah D. –
Using this next week with my upper grades-we love your Crack the Code games! It will be the perfect way to finish up before the winter break!
Amanda G. –
Very well laid out and a lot of fun! Thank you!
Andie Anderson –
This was an amazing resource! I set it up for my students and decorated the entire classroom to go with the theme and they loved it! I laminated everything so that I can easily reuse! I will definitely be purchasing more of her escape rooms in the future!
Kelly Vazquez –
I am in love with this activity! I can not wait to purchase more of them!
brenna F. –
My students are going to love to do this during our Christmas Around the World unit.
Larissa S. –
We are going to have lots of fun with this. I’m planning to use it as a fun wrap-up activity for the last day of school!
Courtney B. –
I am so excited to share this with my students!
Allison G. –
That Blonde Haired Teacher –
I am SO excited to do this with my class! Directions are clear and easy to follow. Thanks!!!!
Jennifer K. –
Brittany V. –
This is going to be so much fun!
Nicole L. –
My kids love these!
Desirae J. –
good idea and lesson!
julianna K. –
Very entertaining!! Well done!
Christine S. –
Another top-notch escape room. I will only buy escape rooms from this seller due to the clarity of her instructions and creativity of the game.
Lucas S. –
I can’t wait you use it! Thank you
Heather C. –
Kay Nunn –
Thought it was misleading with all of the pages included. What was in the packet was awesome, just wish there were more pages if that makes sense instead of multiple colored pages of the same content.
Jessica S –
I can’t wait to use this before the holidays!
Barbara P. –
Thank you so much for your hard work on this activity. I love it!
Cindy K. –
Thank you! I’m very excited to use this resource. My students have really enjoyed the other cracking the classroom activities we have completed this year. It was great for helping them on cooperating with each other, kept them engaged and provided enough challenge to make it interesting.
Matryoshka Mama –
My kids love these 😀
Jessica C. –
Excited to use this with my students in the next few weeks. Looks easy to use.
Emily O’Neil –
Fantastic! So excited to do this with my students. Thank you!!!
Set up and ready! Thank you!!!!
Excited to try this out with my class!
Cara Bellah –
I am super excited to try this out!!!
Jennifer C. –
I CANNOT wait to use this. I have had several students do an Escape Room with their families. I am so excited to introduce this and see their reactions.
Deb L. –
Wonderful!! I saved ink and only printed the last few pages.
Whoo’s Teaching Third –
I am so excited to try this with my class. It will be the perfect way to wrap up our Holidays around the world studies. Thank you for such a great quality activity!
The Mighty Owl Village –
Perfect engagement activity for my Holidays Around the World Unit! The kids LOVED it and it was super easy to prepare for 2 groups in each of my 4 reading classes!
The Teacher’s Desk 6 –
Can’t wait to do this with my class!
Alison Z. –
This will be a lot of fun during our multicultural writing unit!
Mrs Elbourne’s Classroom –
This is awesome! A really fun way for the kids to learn a bit about Christmas around the world! Thanks for sharing your talents 🙂
Laura Commins –
My students absolutely loved the first time we did an escape room in class. This will be a perfect one to do before break to keep them engage and help them to continue to learn. Thanks!
Global Connections –
This is an awesome product! You must keep making more! My students love this!
Howdy SLP –
Just finished a week of Thanksgiving – Punctuation and Superhero Fig. Language. – Students are asking for more. I am getting ready to purchase the lower elementary level edition. Thanks.
Lynda P. –
So looking forward to using this resource!
Primary Melting Pot –
This looks so fun. I cannot wait to try this out. Thanks so much.
Sara Grace –
Samantha Burch –
Excited to use!
Elementary Teacher’s Pet –
I can not wait to use this! I love that you incorporated social studies into this one!