Whether you've read the book, watched the movie or been lucky enough to head to the theatre to see the ballet The Nutcracker is such a fantastic Christmas Tradition. One of the first Christmas Books I brought my daughter was a pop up Interactive version of the story and I love sitting with her in the lead up to Christmas reading the story together.
My son is much more a movie fan and loves watching the most recent version. Whichever way you enjoy The Nutcracker we've got some fantastic ideas to bring it alive through crafts and activities.
Nutcracker Crafts for Kids to Make
I love using clothes-pegs to create characters with the kids and these Tin Soldiers are just perfect for little hands and bigger hands to make.
Off course if you have a tin soldier then you need to have a Sugar Plum Fairy. Again these are easy to make and the kids will love hanging them from the Christmas Tree each year.
Ornaments that capture a moment in your children's childhood are one of my favourites to hang each year on the Tree. I love comparing how much they have grown and these Nutcracker Keepsake Fingerprint Ornaments are perfect for all of the family to create.
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When life gets hectic in the lead up to Christmas wouldn't it be great to be able to spend a little time with the family creating gifts for others, food to enjoy together and traditions that make magical Christmas Memories?
But what actually happens is you spend hours searching through Pinterest looking for ideas and realise halfway through saying you are going to start that you have only 1 thing on the materials list!
I've been there!
So that is why we've put together our 24 favourite Christmas Activities, Crafts and Recipes with full materials lists and step-by-step instructions so that you have everything at your fingertips.
Produced as a PDF you can download, print and use these ideas throughout the festive season with your children and families.
Find out more as we share with your our Favourite Ways to Countdown to Christmas.
With all those Nutcracker-inspired ornaments on the tree them these DIY Sugar Plum Fairy Gift Tags under the tree are a perfect accessory or great for giving to those Ballet-loving friends and family members.
Half craft half activity these DIY Nutcracker Puzzle Rocks are fun to make and then to play with and putting them into a little bag makes them the perfect hand-made gift as well.
A slight variation on the Clothes Peg Tin Soldier above this one from Crafty Morning looks great and you could hang it up on the wall to decorate the home after you have made it.
Create a whole set of characters for the Nutcracker with these popsicle crafts from Schooling a Monkey.
Is it a craft is it a recipe - I'm really not sure but these Candy Cane Mice from Martha Stewart are just perfect for a Nutcracker Christmas Snack.
If you were to throw a Nutcracker Party then having your own Photo Booth with these DIY Photo Booth Props would be perfect, wouldn't it? I can see it now all the fun the guests would have dressing-up as the Mouse King or the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Activities for The Nutcracker
Speaking of parties - how about throwing your own Nutcracker party the boys could dress up as the mouse king or a tin soldier and the girls as Marie or a Sugar Plum Fairy ideal if you play the music at the same time.
Make and play with your own Sugar Plum Fairy Sensory Dough - I wish you could smell this but head over to Amazon for some Plum Essence or check out your local cake making shop or supplier. It is worth it for the experience.
Although the crafts, parties, and games are fun there is no reason to stop the learning and we have a Tot and Preschool learning pack for you to download, print and use this Festive Season.
Check out these Montessori Inspired Nutcracker Activities and printable too!