Looking to celebrate the winter season in your math classroom? Check out this collection of winter math activities and puzzles to bring some wintry fun inside!
Winter Math Puzzles
If you’ve been around my blog long enough, you will know that I LOVE math puzzles. I hope you will enjoy this collection of winter math puzzles.
Students will enjoy using a set of 12 pentominoes to build the shape of a penguin.
This Snowflake puzzle is one of my favorite winter puzzles. Can you place the snowflakes on the grid so that each row and column contain an even (not odd) number of snowflakes?
Math with P Nik shares an excellent snow globe math puzzle involving snow people that must be reassembled so that the sum of the numbers in the snow person’s body equals the number printed on their hat.
In this geometric snowman puzzle from Ed Southall, you are challenged to find the radius of the smallest circle which makes up the snowman’s head.
Luke Walsh shares an image of a winter-themed giftbag which makes an excellent WODB (Which One Doesn’t Belong?) Puzzle.
Which snow person does not belong?
Ilona Vashchyshyn uses paper snowflakes to create a fun WODB (Which One Doesn’t Belong?) Puzzle.
This would be fun to do with student-created snowflakes.
NOMA Math shares a WODB puzzle with 4 snowflake clipart images.
Which snowflake doesn’t belong?
Winter Math Activities
This post contains winter math activities for middle school math, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Precalculus, and Calculus.
Middle School Math and Algebra
Students must graph the given ordered pairs and connect them in the order given. When the points are connected, a mystery picture will be revealed that students must then build using a standard set of tangrams.
This puzzle combines two of my favorite things: math activities and puzzles!
Turn your classroom into a snowball fight. Students will be begging to solve more equations so they can throw more snowballs.
Tina Cardone suggests using the process of teaching students to create paper snowflakes to teach or review geometric vocabulary terms.
Stephen Caviness has his students practice their compass and straightedge skills by constructing beautiful snowflake images.
Have a snow day? Challenge your students to make and photograph “snow angles” instead of “snow angels.”
Algebra 2 and Precalculus
Austin James embraces the wintery weather by assigning students to make snowman art using conic sections in Desmos.
Make practicing slope fields fun with this snowman-themed slope field assignment for calculus!
Other Fun Winter Activities
If you teach in an area that has snow days, you might want to challenge students to predict when the first snow day of the year will be like Liz Mastalio.