We’re back again for another storybook advent idea with a great Nutcracker Activity for kids. This time it’s inspired by the sugar plum fairies and is a FREE printable writing cards working on upper and lower case letters. Read on to discover how to use them as well as get your free downloadable sugar plum fairy Nutcracker alphabet cards.

storybook advent sugar plum fairy ABC cards for writing practice and salt tray use

The Nutcracker

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My family loves the Nutcracker! 

All year long, my kids talk about the story and look forward to doing our Nutcracker themed activities again. 

Be Inspired with 12 fantastic ideas for Nutcracker Crafts and Activities for Kids. Read the book, watch the film, visit the ballet and CREATE together.
Just some of the Nutcracker Activities we do together

They love to make snowflake ballerinas, crack nuts, and dance to the music

This year, our learning was further enhanced by the book, “The Nutcracker” by Susan Jeffers.  The picture book explains the story of the Nutcracker ballet, using one page for each movement of the music. 

For the first time in my life, I actually understood the plot of the ballet! 

My kids enjoyed watching the video recording so much more after reading the book find our favourite versions over on our Christmas Movies for Toddlers & Preschoolers.

Nutcracker Sugar Plum Fairy Letter Cards

To go along with our Nutcracker activities, I’ve made Sugar Plum Fairy letter cards to use with a Montessori-inspired salt tray.

sugar plum fairy salt tray
Sugar plum fairy salt tray with letter printables

Making a Sugar Plum Fairy Salt Tray to Use with ABC Letter Cards

I colored a tiny bit of salt with red food coloring and mixed it with regular salt to create a pretty light pink. 

We added some glitter to give it a magical sparkle. 

When a small amount of salt is placed on a shallow tray, the kids can practice writing letters with their finger. See our Pinkalicious Salt Writing Tray for another use for this mix.

The salt gives a great sensory feedback for tactile learners and is cheap enough to make lots of colors or themes. 

For the Sugar Plum Fairy, other substances like pink Himalayan salt or crystal sugar sprinkles would work just as well.

If the child does not like the feel of salt on their finger, alternative writing tools can be used.  A paintbrush can be very helpful, with brush sizes offering different challenges as they brush across the salt. 

Since the tray is sugar fairy themed, a candy cane, feather or a fairy wand would be a fun writing tool (see our feather in action in our feather salt tray). 

An un-sharpened pencil used with the eraser side down would work, as well.

However, writing with the pointer finger is best, because it allows the child to work on letter formation without having to focus on pencil grip.

Using the Writing ABC Sugar Plum Fairy Cards with your Salt Tray

The cards themselves can be laminated and used over and over.  If they’re laminated, the child can write on them with a dry erase marker and trace the letters. 

The cards can also be bound with a machine or hole punched and strung with a binder ring to keep them together and make them portable. 

They would be great for airplanes, restaurants, holiday dinners, and any other wait times you have this season.

letter activities for kids - sugar plum fairy from the nutcracker printable letter formation cards

Alternative Uses for the Sugar Plum Fairy Letter Cards

Because the Sugar Plum Fairy cards include both upper and lowercase letters, they can also been used for a matching game. 

Either print two copies or use just one copy and match the uppercase to the lowercase letters.  The cards can also be used to spell short words.

We hope you have a magical Christmas!

More Sugar Plum Fairy from the Nutcracker Activities And Crafts for Kids

Recipe for a sensory dough based around the Christmas Story of The Nutcracker. This Sugar Plum sensory dough is soft and easy to make.
Nutcracker inspired gift tags for children and you to make. This simple Christmas craft will decorate your Christmas present perfectly this year
Sugar Plum Fairy Peg Doll Christmas Craft for Kids.
preschool letter and writing practice inspired by the sugar plum fairy from the Nutcracker
Author
Missy P at Homeschooling my Kinetic Kids

Missy P. is a blogger at Homeschooling my Kinetic Kids, where she writes about homeschooling, adoption, and crafting for kids.

She and her husband have three kids, Dragonfly (7), Skimmer (6), and Tadpole (5).

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