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I will never forget the first time I took my then 4 year old daughter to her very first performance of The Nutcracker Ballet. The huge smile on her face and the sparkle in her eyes when the dancers took the stage are still fresh in my mind. She twirled and danced through the grocery store when we had to make a quick stop afterwards and frequently talks about performing in the ballet herself one day.
Seeing the Nutcracker Ballet during Christmas is something I look forward to each year. I remember being captivated by it as a child and it’s fun share the experience with my own children now.
We don’t typically take a long Christmas break in our homeschool during the holidays, but I do like to change our learning up a bit. Using The Nutcracker Ballet is a great foundation for studies during Christmas.
I’ve had a lot of fun collecting free resources to create our own Nutcracker Ballet unit study and thought I’d share them with you. There’s no way we’ll be able to get through all of these great free resources this year, but I’ll have it all in one place to pick and choose from each year as my children grow. You’ll find a variety of free Nutcracker resources for children in PreK-12th grades. I’ve already learned more than I ever knew about this classic ballet.
Amazon Kindle – The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
Free Lesson Plans, Study Guides, & Unit Studies
Inland Pacific Ballet – Nutcracker Study Guide
San Francisco Ballet – Nutcracker Teacher Study Guide (near bottom of page)
East Alabama Ballet Company – Nutcracker Curriculum Guide (link at bottom of page)
Homeschool Share – Nutcracker Unit Study
Cynce’s Place – The Nutcracker Lapbook
Making Music Fun – Tchaikovsky Lesson Ideas
Lesson Planet – Nutcracker Lesson Plans & Worksheets
FunLessonPlans.com – Nutcracker Ballet Lesson
Nutcracker Ballet – Nutcracker Story Synopsis
Free Printables & Worksheets
PreschoolMom.com – Nutcracker Theme Printables (including a file folder game)
Twisty Noodle – Nutcracker Ballet Handwriting Practice Worksheet
ESL Printables – Nutcracker Reading Comprehension Sheets
Making Learning Fun – Nutcracker Cut & Paste Printable
3 Dinosaurs – Nutcracker Learning Pack
Embark on the Journey – Nutcracker Learning Printable Pack
Teachers Pay Teachers – Nutcracker Mad Lib Printable
Teachers Pay Teachers – Nutcracker Math Coloring Printable
Lara’s Place – Nutcracker Montessori 3 Part Cards & Toddler Activity Ideas
PreKinders – Nutcracker Number Game Printables
1+1+1=1 – Ballerina Preschool Printables
Super Coloring – Nutcracker Coloring Pages
Free Audio Stories & Apps
Storynory – Nutcracker Audio Story
Classics for Kids – Nutcracker Audio Show
iTunes – Interactive Nutcracker Story
Crafts & Activities
Art Projects for Kids – Nutcracker Oil Pastel Project
Lego My Mamma – Lego Nutcracker Building Instructions
Teachers Pay Teachers – Nutcracker Photo Booth Printables
Living Montessori Now – Montessori-Inspired Nutcracker Activities
Llevo el Invierno – Nutcracker Mask Tutorial
Mama Miss – DIY Nutcracker & Ballerina
Krokotak – Ballerina Snowflake Tutorial
A Faithful Attempt – Symmetrical Nutcracker Art Lesson
About.com – Sugarplum Recipe
How Stuff Works – Find the Nutcracker Game
Learn Create Love – Printable Nutcracker Craft
Printables 4 Kids – Printable Nutcracker Stick Puppets
You may also be interested in this Nutcracker Unit Study from Homegrown Learners. This unit study isn’t free ($6), but it includes: notebooking pages,listening links, ideas and links for art projects, and biographical information, and more!
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