Although the Nutcracker can be a beautiful book the combination of music, dancing and scenary really bring it to life for many. We have just started to watch The Nutcracker this year on DVD and eventually hope to see it in person. I think it's a great starter ballet for younger kids, especially at this time of the year.
I have fond memories of attending a live performance with my mom and hope to continue that tradition with my youngest.
In honor of that love for The Nutcracker, I am proud to present a Nutcracker themed printable pack for toddlers and preschoolers.
This pack contains:
- Coloring pages
- Tracing pages (Nutcracker, Ballet, Clara)
- Matching cards
- Prewriting pages
Using the Nutcracker Printables
Once you have downloaded you can print out.
Pages 3, 4 and 5 - can be laminated and then used with a dry wipe markers or dry wipe crayons to practice pen control.
The same sheets have a double purpose - we love using them for scissor control cutting along the lines. A good pair of children's scissors and some copies of this and they can cut out the lines practicing straight cuts, bends, turning the paper and moving the scissors to follow the lines.
Pages 6 and 7 - a fantastic way to focus on 2 letters of the week - N for Nutcracker and B for Ballet. You could use these templates to colour in like a nutcracker - why not use the Nutcracker Clothes Peg Dolls for Inspiration on creating a tin soldier. With the B why not create a textured letter using Tulle to represent the tutu of the Ballerinas in the show just like the Sugar Plum Fairy.
The next few pages 8, 9, 10 and 11 work on tracing of letters - getting letter proportion right and a focus on Upper Case Letters.
Twelves to Twenty form a small colouring pack for the nutcracker - combine with the final 2 pages and work on sequencing the story after you have either watched the film or read the book.
More Nutcracker Inspired Activities for Kids
Next year, we'll expand on it a bit more. I hope that you enjoy this pack as much as I did creating it!
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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!
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