Monday, November 14, 2016

I have a confession to make. My Christmas season starts not by turning to Christmas music, but starting to listen to the Nutcracker somewhere in early November. It certainly puts me in the mood for doing all the Christmas prework culminating in the excitement of Christmas Eve and the magic of Christmas morning. I have watched The Nutcracker Ballet many times as a child, and now Smarty and I are going every two years to see it in our local Center for Performance Arts. I am looking to our mother-daughter event in mid December, and this year we might also prepare by doing some Nutcracker crafts that I collected for Smarty and for my readers:
15 crafts for kids and adults inspired by the Nutcracker ballet.

Nutcracker Ballet Crafts for Kids

Have an epic battle between DIY Nutcracker soldiers and Mouse King soldiers... or just use them for a game of Nutcracker tic-tac-toe from Playground Parkbench

This popsicle stick Nutcracker is a great quick craft to do before or after watching The Nutcracker ballet - Molly Moo Crafts.

Pair up this craft stick Nutcracker with an easy craft stick ballerina from Happy Hooligans

If you want to go a little fancier with craft sticks, make this version of craft stick Nutcracker from Fireflies and Mudpies - it uses one large craft stick and two mini craft sticks.

Older kids with better fine motor skills can try to copy these beautiful felt ornaments inspired by the Nutcracker ballet from Makes and Takes.

Even preschoolers can make this clothespin Nutcracker from Crafty Morning:

This invitation to create ballerina dolls from Playground Parkbench can be great for a playdate or a birthday party - everyone can take their own personal ballerina home:

STEM Nutcrackers

Take your kids to Nutcracker STEAM Land by creating these magnetic ballerinas from Hello Wonderful.

I want to challenge Smarty to build this LEGO Nutcracker from existing parts following instructions at Brick Art Master

These twirling dancers from Babble Dabble Do are an amazing demonstration of a simple motor! Make a pair and dress one as a nutcracker and one as a ballerina :)

Make a Nutcracker LEGO mosaic from available bricks following inspiration from Brick Art Master.

Nutcracker Crafts for Adults

Transform your plain wooden spoons into Nutcracker soldiers following a tutorial from Red Brolly.

Decorate your house with snowflake ballerinas following templates from Krokotak

Make a cute Nutcracker for your outdoors with clay pots - courtesy of Nature Girl. You can use these mini clay pots if you want to keep your creation reasonably small.

Sew up some cute candy cane holders (older kids can do it too) - from Between Naps on the Porch

Nutcracker Books for Kids

Enjoy some books about Nutcracker and Nutcracker ballet!

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15 Crafts inspired by the Nutcracker Ballet

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maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Those snowflake ballerinas are so pretty!