Holidays Around the World Escape Room Grades 1-3 Cracking the Classroom Code™


Will your class escape in time? Try this escape room game with your students today! This is a fun game that is perfect for practicing reading skills, while also learning about different cultures from around the world. Students will practice social studies skills as they learn about how different people celebrate winter holidays across the globe. This game is intended for lower elementary students in first grade or second grade.


Will your class escape in time? Try this escape room game with your students today! This is a fun game that is perfect for practicing reading skills, while also learning about different cultures from around the world. Students will practice social studies skills as they learn about how different people celebrate winter holidays across the globe. This game is intended for lower elementary students in first grade or second grade.

This is an interactive game where the students are timed. This game is intended to be played as a whole class, with the teacher leading the game. Students are trying to escape the ice castle that Jack Frost has locked them in. Students must solve a string of questions and clues, as well as decode different ciphers to escape.

**Versions with and without QR codes included!

Students try and solve clues and questions to 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.

Places students will visit on their journey around the world:
The Netherlands


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169 reviews for Holidays Around the World Escape Room Grades 1-3 Cracking the Classroom Code™

  1. Amanda B.

    Love all of these activities!

  2. Jessica J.

    Love this and so do the kids!

  3. Amber Nelson

    The students living learning about Christmas around the world. Great resource

  4. Heather Urbano

    This will be great at Christmas!

  5. Rebecca C.

    A lot of prep, but very motivating and fun!

  6. Bethany S.

    Wonderful resource for incorporating all subjects into cultural learning.

  7. Autumn Banks

    Great resource

  8. Alexandria H.

    My 3rd graders had so much fun! I can’t wait to do it again. Next time I think we’ll try doing it with QR codes and split it up into two or three days. We did it in just one 60 min. time block and as much fun as they had I think a little more time/days would make it better and a bigger “event”!

  9. Tory’s Teaching Things

    So much fun.

  10. Nicole Fernandez

    Great end to our holiday unit.

  11. Mackenzie D.

    Fun but takes time to set up.

  12. Buyer

    Did as a whole group in 2nd grade. Students loved it!

  13. Kcamnire

    Students enjoy the game aspect of these activities. They do take a long time to set up, and after they have used the clues, more time to “reset” it for next year.

  14. Erin V.

    Excited to use this resource!

  15. Amanda C.

    We didn’t get to try this one yet as we ran out of time when I had planned to do it, however I am excited to try it during the holiday season this year! Thank you for being so creative to make these types of activities for our classrooms!

  16. A Teacher and Her Skoolie

    LOVE! Thanks 🙂

  17. Kellie C.

    Thank you!

  18. Julianne K.

    Can’t wait to use this in my classroom!

  19. Victoria D.

    So fun! The students love it!!!

  20. Melinda R.

    Fun and thorough! Made an activity that’s fun and easy prep on my end!

  21. Monica V.

    This was awesome!

  22. Cindy C.

    great resource! went along great with our Christmas Around the World unit!

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  24. Amy B.

    So fun

  25. Corrie Pennington

    $4 well spent! My students loved playing this! We also did one of Teresa’s math cracking the codes and both were well done and well thought out. They do require some set up time but her instructions are clear.

  26. Nicole O.


  27. Buyer

    It’s easy to set up when you follow the directions! Kids loved it!

  28. Chelsie B.

    The kids had such a blast!

  29. Doris H.


  30. Larissa C

    LOVE THIS! Use this after teaching my unit of Christmas around the world as a fun activity to wrap up. Students love it.

  31. Nacol H.

    Thank you

  32. Ali H.

    I used this to wrap up my “Holiday’s Around the World” unit and my second graders absolutely LOVED it. Students had to work together in cooperative teams (this was difficult for some, but a great lesson in and of itself). It will definitely become a yearly activity!

  33. Buyer

    A lot of prep but super fun!

  34. Katie G.

    Great product!

  35. Lynn V.

    My kids love cracking the code!!

  36. Sarah Jones

    This was a big hi in my classroom!

  37. chaundra G.

    My students had so much fun cracking the code!

  38. Carolyn F.

    Looking forward to trying this in December!

  39. leann N.

    Thanks so much

  40. Kathleen M.

    Fun for all

  41. Sara A.

    Thank you so much for creating this! My students keep asking to do more!

  42. Jay M.

    Hard for my first graders, but we did it for Christmas with our 4th grade buddies!

  43. Buyer

    Such a well planned and thought out activity! My students loved it!

  44. Beth H.

    My students loved this activity!!!!!!!!

  45. Denise Crace

    Great resource.

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  47. Crystal G.

    love this !!!!!!!!!!!!

  48. Bonnie S

    This was such a fun activity! My co-worker and I used this with our 2nd grade ESL students. It took them two full class periods to finish, but they were very engaged. Thank you!

  49. Heather B.

    This was perfect for my Holidays Around the World unit! Loved it! Thanks!

  50. Alex H.

    This was great to go with our holidays around the world projects we did!

  51. Melissa S.

    My students loved this activity! Great product!

  52. Tammy G.

    Fun activity! Thanks so much.

  53. katie M.

    Thanks for the fun resource!

  54. Pamela Wyatt

    The kids had a blast!

  55. Michelle M.

    I definitely needed some extra help in the classroom but my kids loved it!!!

  56. Janet Rainey

    Thanks a bunch!

  57. Lindsey S.

    great resource!

  58. Teach Love Firsties

    My kiddos loved completing this challenge!

  59. Kristina M.

    It takes a little time to set this up but it is worth it and once you set one up, the next one is much simpler. Lots of fun.

  60. Faith’s Corner

    My students loved this activity and learned a lot too!

  61. Demetra Liapis

    Awesome resource!

  62. Donna B.

    This is a great learning and team building activity!

  63. Buyer

    So much fun

  64. Rebecca Friedman

    Awesome! Love this! Can’t wait to do it again next year!

  65. Sherry C.

    We loved doing this around holidays! It went along great with what we were already studying! Thanks!

  66. Buyer

    Fun activity

  67. Shelly S.

    This was a great and simple, time-saving way for my students to learn about Christmas Around the World. Thank you so much!

  68. Ashley C.

    So much fun!

  69. Jennifer Chappell

    Great extension to my holidays around the world. Thanks!

  70. Tammy Bennett

    This product is so much fun! My students loved it!

  71. Buyer

    My 5th graders loved it.

  72. Melissa C.

    Perfect tie-in to my HATW unit I’ve been doing for years. Thanks for adding another fun element!!

  73. Ronda B.

    This is great, thank you!

  74. Patricia O.

    Thanks for a great resource!

  75. Courtney J.

    Great activity!

  76. Ashley S.

    We did it whole group and my kids are still asking if we can break out of Jack Frost’s castle again! ^_^

  77. Leah M.

    My students had fun doing this activity.

  78. Jessica Kellison

    Loved this! I did this at the end of my Holiday’s Around the World unit! The kiddos loved it, it took a little bit for them to understand. But once they did, they did it all by themselves!

  79. Lisa A.

    Kids loved it. We did it together as a class.

  80. Ryan B.

    My kiddos and I loved using this.

  81. Kimberly Watson

    This was a fun activity to add in during the holidays!

  82. Susan H.

    My students had so much fun!! Thanks!!

  83. Rachel A.

    Fun activity to motivate and challenge your students.

  84. Brodie Education Consulting

    We had a blast!

  85. Leah K.

    Used for our holiday celebration!

  86. Sarah M.

    They LOVE these!!

  87. Jenny H.

    My students loved doing this activity as part of our winter party.

  88. Sarah V.

    I loved how explicit the directions were for setting it up. I would love to see instructions added for kiddos. I thought I was was explicit in my instructions but my kiddos fell apart because it was a little confusing for them. I would suggest pushing the grade level to 3rd grade and not include 2nd grade.

  89. Kristen Lamoreaux

    The directions with this are very detailed!

  90. Debbie B.

    Great for the Christmas week. New, different and challenging.

  91. Jennifer Snowden

    Excellent activity!

  92. Robin N.

    This was the first time I have used one of your products. It took my 3rd graders an hour and 45 minutes. It was pretty tough for them but the amazing thing is they DID NOT give up! A skill I have been working on all year! It was so challenging for them but they loved it! Thank you!

  93. Tyra Sosnicki

    This resource works so well in my classroom.

  94. Kimberly R.

    My class had such a great time with this activity. It was super easy to set up!

  95. Holly W.

    This was So Much Fun!

  96. Rebecca D V.

    A lot of work to put together, but SOOOOO worth it!

  97. Melisa Garner

    Such a fun idea!

  98. Stephanie S.

    My kids LOVED this! They had such a wonderful time cracking the code. If this is your first one, then I would highly recommend completing whole group to model how to do this. I will definitely be purchasing the others that are offered!

  99. stephanie E.

    We had so much fun with this. did 5 groups of 4 sec9nd graders. didn’t get far and we had doesn’t a hour. We had to stop for other festive activities. Kids had so much fun.

  100. Rhonda M.

    My students really enjoyed this activity!!!

  101. Effie K.

    My students were so excited to do this activity! I definitely recommend doing it whole class 🙂

  102. Michelle F.

    Looks fun!

  103. Second Grade Style

    What a FUN activity! Thanks so much!

  104. Jordan H.

    I was so excited to do this with my students before Christmas break but we ran out of time. I know have it ready to go for next year!

  105. Heather B.

    My students loved this activity!

  106. Lynn Y.

    What a fun way to teach Holidays Around the World!

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  108. Krystol F.

    Excited to use this with my 1st graders!

  109. Create-Abilities

    This is fantastic as always!

  110. Rikki Fayne

    This was the first Cracking the Classroom Code I used, and I learned a lot about class management! My kiddos loved it, and I’ll definitely be doing it again.

  111. Katherine M.

    I did this with my after school bunch (grades 2-5). In the beginning we did the first 2 clues together and then they got the hang of it. They had an absolute blast! They are begging me to do more!

  112. Marcie A.

    We did this for our holiday party. My class has never worked so well together! They wanted to do it again! They asked for more… Thank you so much for a great project.

  113. Traci E.

    Used this with my kiddos this week before break and they’re “hooked”. We all loved this activity.

  114. Cristi C.

    What a fun idea. I cant wait to do this with my kiddos

  115. Lisa D.

    Loved, loved, loved

  116. Miss Stephanie’s Classroom

    This was fantastic! Thank you so much!

  117. Stacye Foster

    My 2nd graders loved this! Thank you!

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    Love this!

  119. ALLISON F.

    My students absolutely loved this activity! They want to do more! So excited to purchase more of them!

  120. Mickelle B.

    This is great! Thanks!

  121. Kelly O.

    My students were SO excited and couldn’t wait to get started!! Thank you!

  122. Lisa B.

    Can’t wait to try this!

  123. Catherine T.

    Thank you! Such a fun activity!

  124. Cynthia M.

    Great Resource!! Excited to try these.

  125. Megan Wood

    Great way to engage learners!

  126. Candace J.

    Fun activity!

  127. Melissa Franklin

    Thank you!!

  128. Valerie H.

    Awesome activity! Thanks!

  129. Brandi Plumlee

    Love the resource! Thank you.

  130. Krissisissy

    I Love these games

  131. JoLynn S.

    Thanks! I can’t wait to use this!

  132. renee D.

    Can’t wait to use with my class!

  133. sarah D.

    Cannot wait to use this next week! Thanks.

  134. Rylie Uselman

    so fun and engaging!

  135. Alexis W.

    We are excited to do this with our 5th grade reading buddies before the holiday break.

  136. Jessica S

    I can’t wait to use this with students this holiday season.

  137. Primary Melting Pot

    One of several that I have purchased. I have a parent putting it together and can’t wait to use it.

  138. Mary F.

    My students will love this!

  139. Amy B.

    I’m very excited to try this with my class. We did one at Halloween and the students had a blast!

  140. De’Shea Kueber

    Can’t wait to do this with my students. I know they will love it!

  141. Karen L.

    My students loved the Halloween version of Cracking the Classroom Code. Looking forward to using this one!

  142. Christina Lassigne Vargas

    The kids can’t wait to do this one!

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  145. Christina W.

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  146. Buyer

    I’m looking forward to trying this with my class!

  147. Yanini C.

    Excited to implement…seems engaging and fun!

  148. Kayla W.

    I am so excited to use this in my classroom! Thanks!

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  150. Jessica Hilbun

    I haven’t used it yet but I have already started planning with it. It looks so fun and engaging.

  151. julianna K.

    Such a fun game and educational game! The materials are beautifully produced. Thanks!!

  152. Nydia C.

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  154. Gallagher’s Treasure

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  155. amanda G.

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  159. K M.

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  160. Pam H.

    My class has done one “Crack the Code” and I’m looking forward to doing this one! I know my 2nd graders will love it.

  161. Maureen Beyt

    So excited to adapt this for our Breakout Boxes! My students LOVED the Zombies one! Thanks!

  162. J w

    Im excited to use this with my class

  163. Howdy SLP

    Printing to prep for next month. Thanks.

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  166. Buyer

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  167. Gaye M.

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  168. Michelle B.

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  169. Alli L.

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