Celebrating Christmas with Purple Mash

Nov. 30, 2022

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Schools across the country are preparing for the Christmas nativity, searching for the missing wise man, wondering how on earth they are going to get the glitter out of the carpet, hoping that the staff room is full of chocolate treats and working out which Christmas card delivered into the post box needs to get to which child.

But the important thing is not to panic. For all those in-between moments, Purple Mash has a range of stocking fillers and Christmas activities to see you through the weeks ahead. From writing projects to Mash Cams, word searches to quizzes, and everything else you can imagine, there is something to suit every year group over the coming weeks, and it can all be found in the Christmas area of Purple Mash.


Tell the story with 2Create a Story.

One way for Purple Mash subscribers to get festive while teaching vital computer skills to younger children is to use storybook animation tool 2Create a Story. Class teacher Emma Murch and IT Progress Leader, both from Wicor Primary School, have put together a series of 7 lessons for Key Stage 1 based around the nativity story and covering skills such as typing, adding and manipulating images and storytelling. Here’s Emma to take you through it:

Advent Calendar

Back by popular demand, the Purple Mash advent calendar will be launching once again on the 1st December, of course! From then on, head to the Display Boards tab of the sharing area every day to find a new digital treat. We don't want to ruin the surprise, but we will say this: be prepared to laugh!

If you'd prefer to create your own, it's 2Simple with Purple Mash. Take a look at this video to see how.

Writing Projects

We have a wide range of writing projects that can be used throughout the festive period. Why not get students to design a poster to advertise their upcoming nativity production, write their list to Santa or even send him an email using 2Email.

If you want to link to other curriculum areas, then we have a project and a postcard template looking at the Christmas day Truce in WWI, or you could tell the story of the Christmas journey. There are also a range of poetry projects to choose from – why not try our Christmas Poem available for the festive period for non-subscribers - think of it as a little gift from us to you.

Paint projects

The Christmas creativity can continue with a range of ready-made paint projects for your class to try. Children can create their own wrapping paper, then design their own stockings and add them to their own decorated tree. Children can also get creative and design their perfect Christmas t-shirt!.

More festive fun

Just like presents under the tree or turkey on Boxing Day, there's plenty more to discover in the Christmas area of Purple Mash. You could lose yourself in one of the games and quizzes, print and share a wordsearch or two, or as ever transform yourself into an elf with the classic Mash Cam. And who doesn't want to be an elf?!

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Enjoy the holidays

Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter feeds in the run up to Christmas when we will be tweeting activities and ideas regularly. However you fill the days ahead, we at 2Simple would like to wish you and all your staff a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.