The Nutcracker: A Christmas Read Aloud and Literature Extension Activities

The Nutcracker is a true Christmas classic. Whether you’ve seen the original ballet, watched a television version, or read an adaptation of the story, you’re probably at least somewhat familiar with the adventures of Marie, a little girl who receives a nutcracker doll for Christmas.

The picture book- The Nutcracker- by Susan Jeffers is a great way to introduce kids to this classic story. With beautiful illustrations and an abridged version of the story, this book makes a great read aloud for the whole family at Christmas time. 
This post is part of the Five Days of Classic Christmas Books and Activities for Kids series. You can find the other books in this five day series here. In this post, you can find activities- for learning and for fun- to use along with The Nutcracker. 

Literature extension activities for The Nutcracker #literature #homeschooling
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Don’t forget to pick up your free Christmas notebooking pages here as well.

Learning Activities

Watch this video to see how nutcrackers are made.

This video features a listening map that will help kids to know what instruments are used in The March from The Nutcracker.

Print a world map and find and color Germany, the country in which The Nutcracker is set.

Learn more about the composer of The Nutcracker with this Tchaikovsky study.

Crafts and Fun

Kids can make puppets from The Nutcracker with these free printables.

Make a nutcracker from a cardboard tube with this free printable.

You can find a variety of Nutcracker coloring sheets at the Super Coloring site.

How Stuff Works has free printable games that let kids find characters and objects from The Nutcracker. (Keep scrolling past the ads when it says, “Keep reading below.” to get to the printables on each page.

Make a nutcracker ornament with this printable.

Rainy Day Mum has some cute nutcracker ornaments made using fingerprints.

Other Resources

Listen to the music of The Nutcracker on YouTube.

Kids can use this free printable on Teachers Pay Teachers to visualize the story as they listen to the music. (You must have a free Teachers Pay Teachers account to download.)

This free printable preschool pack is all about ballerinas.

Find a free interactive storybook app from the San Fransisco Ballet here. (free as of this posting)

Homeschool Share has a free Nutcracker unit study.

And you can find a free Nutcracker lapbook at Cynce’s Place.

You can listen to an audio version of The Nutcracker for free on StoryNory.

Maestro Classics has an awesome CD with the classical music and The Nutcracker story. It also comes with a 24 page activity booklet. You can get this as a CD or download.

Literature extension activities for The Nutcracker

Don’t forget to check out the other posts in this series here. And you go over to the iHomeschool Network and find other Five Days…Christmas posts here.

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