Christmas is coming! Christmas is coming! But there’s still a few more weeks of school… Time to bring out some fun STEAM activities for the kids! I had such a great response to my Turkey Color by Coding Coloring Page this month, that I just had to whip up a few more festive coloring pages for you. Kids will love the challenge of this Christmas Tree Color by Coding Christmas Coloring Page. It uses ASCII binary and decimal codes as the key to the colors. Read on to get the free download and to learn more about our STEAM Kids Christmas Coloring Ebook which we’ve updated for 2018!
What is Coding?
There’s a lot of talk today about coding being the language of the future. But what exactly is it and why is it important? Coding makes it possible for us to tell computers how to do stuff, like run our phone, play a video game, and make a website. Any app you use on your phone or computer is possible because of code.
Computers speak the languages of zeroes and ones, essentially on and off signals to computer parts called transistors. These zeroes and ones have been translated into codes called the ASCII Binary code where every letter, number and character has an 8 digit combination of zeroes and ones. ASCII is the most common format for text files for computers and the internet. It stands for American Standard Code for Information Interchange and uses numbers to represent letters and special characters. The binary version uses only zeros and ones in a 8 bit (or digit) pattern.
But it would take FOREVER to do anything if we had to anything in just zeroes and ones, so computers use other languages now, that are all based upon binary. But for today’s activity, we’re going to design with where it all started, binary.
Christmas Tree Color by Coding Christmas Coloring Page Supplies Needed
You don’t need much for this learning activity. And that makes it a perfect budget time filler in class or at home.
- Christmas Tree Color by Coding printable ( CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD)
- Art supplies like markers, crayons, or colored pencils
- Ruler (optional, but a ruler can help kids grab the right code on the ASCII code list)
How to Color by Code
If the kids have ever done a color by number page, they’re half way there to figuring this out. Except they have to decipher which color goes with each number. And the way they will do it is with computer code called ASCII. Depending upon their ability levels, kids will find the codes in either the Binary or Decimal columns on the ASCII sheet and figure out which letter corresponds to the code. Then enter that letter on the color code sheet until they’ve spelled out the colors. Then they can color away!
What’s Inside This Christmas Tree Color by Coding Christmas Coloring Page
I’ve included everything you need to have a festive independent STEM learning session in class or at home. The download includes:
- Christmas tree color by number coloring page
- Answer key
- ASCII binary and decimal decipher the color code page
- ASCII code sheet
- Teacher guide
- What’s the STEAM Behind It? background learning page
More Christmas Coloring for Kids
I kind of got carried away with the Christmas Color by Coding and started making other designs. Like Santa. Isn’t he jolly? You can grab this printable in the updated 2018 version of the STEAM Kids Christmas Coloring Book.
The ebook is loaded with some really cool Christmas coloring activities, like this 3-D folded paper star.
Kids will love the color by number, connect the dots, snowflake coloring pages, and so much more!
More Coding Activities for Kids
Or maybe you’re more here for the coding than the coloring! Then these activities are totally for you. These are all great ways to participate in Hour of Code this December if you don’t have devices for everyone.
Candy Cane Coding: Kids will love making a personalized color coded candy cane with this screen-free binary activity.
And the last one… Coding for Kids! This is a giant round-up of cool coding activities for kids, both on-screen and off.