You won’t believe how fun it is to make Christmas coding ornaments with names written in binary. Christmas coding for kids the perfect technology activity!
So, we’re pretty nerdy around here, in case you haven’t noticed. We love all things science, technology, and video-game related. We were having such fun making ornaments this year that I wanted to see if we could make a geek-related ornament (and maybe even give them away to my equally nerdy family).
I have seen binary used before to make jewelry, but I thought it would be just as fun to make Christmas sayings for a Christmas STEM activity. Read on to see how to make these Christmas coding ornaments to practice coding with kids!
This activity is one of our favorite technology activities for kids!
Christmas Coding Ornaments
A Christmas coding ornament is simply an ornament made up of beads that are patterned to make Christmas phrases. We made these ornaments years ago, and the kids still love pulling them out each year and trying to remember the right binary code to read the ornaments!
You can say just about any holiday phrase with these, and it is a fun way to bring Christams coding to the table for any kid’s Christmas party!
You can even make them in STEM class or science class as a fun Christmas-themed project.
What you’ll need for the Christnas coding ornaments:
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First, Monkey and I decided on what phrases to use. We thought “Merry Christmas” and “Ho Ho Ho” were pretty good sayings to start with. Other phrases you might try include:
“Peace on earth.”
“Goodwill to men.”
After we had picked our phrases, we looked up letter coding in binary using this chart.
Ho Ho Ho fit on a wreath. Merry Christmas was much longer, so we had to turn it into a star. It took two pipe cleaners where the wreath only took one. For Merry Christmas, we decided to put a bead separating each letter, than two beads separating the words. For Ho Ho Ho, we didn’t separate the letters, just the words.
The kids thought it was a lot of fun to have hidden messages in our Christmas ornaments. They wanted to learn more about binary, so as we worked to make these ornaments, we talked about how the computer uses binary to do just about everything. This was certainly a fun activity to try coding with kids!