Christmas Missing Words Puzzle
A Free Printable Worksheet

Extra challenge: Fold under the bottom part of the worksheet to hide Santa and the words, and then try to fill in the missing words on your own!

Some of the words are missing from this paragraph.
Look for them in Santa's list and write them in the blanks to see the original paragraph.


Follow-up activity: Find or write paragraphs about Christmas and then create your own missing words puzzles by cutting or marking out every fifth word. Exchange and solve puzzles with your classmates. Save a copy of the original paragraph as the answer key.

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