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Reindeer Logic Puzzle

This reindeer logic puzzle is perfect for bringing a bit of Christmas cheer into your classroom. Students are given seven statements about Santa’s reindeer who have run a race. They must use logical reasoning to determine the order in which the reindeer finished the race.

Reindeer Logic Christmas Themed Puzzle.

This logic puzzle is a testament to how much I love twitter and the difference it has made in my classroom. In 2016, I came across this Christmas-themed logic puzzle from Learning Maths on twitter.

Reindeer Logic Puzzle - Original Tweet from Learning Maths on Twitter

Here’s the text of the puzzle:

Santa’s reindeer had a race to see who would lead the sleigh this year. Medals were given to the top three reindeer. In what order did they finish?

  • Blitzen finished two ahead of Cupid and three ahead of Vixen.
  • Rudolph finished just ahead of Blitzen and just behind Dancer.
  • Only one reindeer was slower than Cupid.
  • Comet was pleased to have beaten Rudolph, but he wished that he’d also beaten Dasher.
  • Prancer, Comet, and Dasher all won medals.
  • Donner was unhappy to be in the bottom half of the results.
  • Prancer was delighted to beat Dasher.

The first time I used this reindeer puzzle with my students, I projected the text on my SMARTBoard and let students work through the puzzle using dry erase boards.

Logic Puzzle Projected on Screen

I found that my students did not know the names of all of the reindeer from memory which made the puzzle extra difficult for them to solve. I soon got tired for repeating the names of the reindeer over and over again, so I decided there had to be a better way.

I ended up typing up the clues on a sheet of paper and made laminated cards with each reindeer’s name printed on them.

Reindeer Logic Christmas Puzzle

With this structure in place, it took my students about 5 minutes to work through this puzzle. This is the perfect length for a lesson starter during the Christmas season!

I recently decided to give this activity a bit of a face lift since it has been one of my favorite Christmas puzzles for several years now. Be sure to check out my other Christmas puzzles!

I actually ended up making three slightly different styles of this reindeer logic puzzle for you to choose from.

The first version of the Reindeer Logic puzzle has the seven clues written out as simple bullet points.

Reindeer Logic Puzzle

I also created a similar version of the puzzle with the clues printed in a table instead of a bulleted list.

Reindeer Logic Puzzle

Finally, I made a worksheet version in case teachers that teachers can use in conjunction with the laminated cards or without them.

Reindeer Logic Puzzle with Lines at Bottom of Worksheet

I also created several different sizes/styles of reindeer name cards that you can print and use with your students.

My favorite version has reindeer clipart on each card with the reindeer’s name. This set of reindeer cards prints 1 set/page.

Reindeer Logic Puzzle

If you want to save paper, this next set of reindeer names prints 2 sets/page.

Reindeer Logic Puzzle

The third option is probably what you want if you are making a class set of these puzzles. The reindeer name cards are much smaller, but you can print four sets per page.

Reindeer Logic Puzzle

Be sure to share photos of your students working on this reindeer logic puzzle or any of my other Christmas puzzles with me on twitter!

I love seeing students around the world enjoying the puzzles I share here on my blog!

Puzzle Solutions

I intentionally do not share solutions to the puzzles I feature on my website because I strive to provide learning experiences for my students that are not google-able. I would like other teachers to be able to use these puzzles in their classrooms as well without the solutions being easily found on the Internet.

However, I do recognize that us teachers are busy people and sometimes need to quickly reference an answer key to see if a student has solved a puzzle correctly or to see if they have interpreted the instructions properly.

If you are a teacher who is using these puzzles in your classroom, please send me an email at sarah@mathequalslove.net with information about what you teach and where you teach. I will be happy to forward an answer key to you.

Kristen

Friday 17th of December 2021

My students and I absolutely LOVE these puzzles! I cannot thank you enough!!!

Kristin

Tuesday 14th of December 2021

I put the Reindeer Logic activity into TeacherMade. Here's the link. https://app.teachermade.com/s/cqEFEosUQ_-UoJDtRsvesg/

Connie

Wednesday 24th of November 2021

While you're thinking reindeer, do you know the game Jumping Reindeer? It's a logic jumping game with the goal of ending up with only one marker.

I've played it with second graders, many of whom can win regularly. I can't so I assume the game label of ages 7 to 11 ought to 7 to adult.

We've changed the rules so that you win if you end up with one marker but it's a Super Win if you end up with one marker in the center of the board.

The creator of the game says it's a one-person game but it also works as a cooperative game with partners. If they win, they both win (second graders love this). If there's more than one marker left, "the reindeer win" and the kids try again.

https://nrich.maths.org/1191

Sarah Carter

Monday 29th of November 2021

This is awesome! Thanks for sharing!

Mrs_D

Saturday 7th of December 2019

I also created a Google Slide with draggable names. The link will force you to make a copy: https://docs.google.com/presentation/u/0/d/1pYv_SCaWmBfZLWeRkuBWbh864bUogUYWRB-2JVUD7wE/copy?pli=1

Unknown

Saturday 7th of December 2019

I created a Classkick using your PDF. It is digital and you can create manipulatives which I did for the Reindeer names. Here is the link: app.classkick.com/#/assignments/AW7iEfN-Qy6UF75XEcLx8A