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Review: Christmas Brain Busters and Activities on Teachers Pay Teachers

Christmas Brain Busters and Activities is a fun packet of premium content available on Teachers Pay Teachers. The packet contains a wide assortment of creative writing activities and other word-focused worksheets especially well suited for students with pre-break ants in their pants. There are writing prompts, crosswords, word searches, and even a funny social media exercise called “Elfbook” that has students set up a social networking page for a couple of elves, including “wall updates” and a “current status.”

One of the standout pages in this packet is a writing prompt that doesn’t just ask the student to write a story, it sets up a situation that will require some thinking skills and creativity to write out. Santa in a bind needing to transport a few characters somewhere; there are limitations on how many he can take at a time and restrictions about which characters can be left unsupervised. Students have to come up with a plan of action. The prompt engages creativity and problem-solving – a great thing for young writers.

All in all, this packet is adorable. There’s a huge range of activities for students, and quite a few of the pages are black/white line drawings, which would make good coloring pages, maybe as a reward for students who finish their work first. Not all of the exercises in the packet are language-related. Some are strictly drawing and others involve math.

You can download your own copy of Christmas Brain Busters and Activities here.

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Please note: the author of this review received a free copy of the download but was not compensated in any other way for this review. The author and the owner of this site will not receive compensation for any product sales resulting from this review.

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Written by Bryan Cohen

Bryan Cohen is the author of more than 30 books, many of which focus on creative writing and blasting through that pesky writer's block. His books have sold more than 20,000 copies. You can find him on and Facebook.

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