The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

Can you already hear the Nutcracker music just from reading the title? I think it’s the most iconic Christmas sound. Today’s Grab and Go Lesson is focused on the story of The Nutcracker.

I still laugh about a time a few years ago when I took my kids to go see a showing of the Nutcracker and we were sitting in the theater, all caught up in the sounds and images of the dancers, it was mesmerizing to see them flying around on the stage and we were all caught up in the story.  – Then intermission.  Curtain came up and people started to move around. My son grabbed his coat, stood up and with a very confused look on his face, asked why we weren’t moving.

“Well son, it’s just intermission, the ballet isn’t over yet.” Oh. My. Word.

That was all he could take. He slumped down in the chair and with tears welling up in his eyes- he said “I can’t do this for another hour”


BUT… The rest of us loved it.

If you don’t own your own copy of the story The Nutcracker, watch the beautiful retelling of it here:

Purchase it for your own book shelf here:

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker has so many fun story elements to write and talk about. Encourage your student to think through all of the different elements as they jot them down on the story map.

Nutcracker Story Map

The Nutcracker is a tale about a girl’s favorite toy coming to life. Have your student imagine what would happen if one of their toys suddenly sprang to life! What would they do? What adventures would take place?

Nutcracker writing

Using some of the vocabulary words in the Nutcracker, your student can practice ABC order. Two of the words begin with the same letter. If your student has yet to learn the skill of ordering to the second letter, make sure you touch on that before they begin.

Nutcracker ABC order

Practice identifying patterns with this pattern worksheet where your student will use some of the characters and items from the story to find the pattern.

pattern worksheet

Have some fun with graphing with this printable. Count the different objects and then color in a box for each object.

graphing worksheet

Grab your Printables here:

This lesson is part of the 12 Days of Homeschooling Series and part of my 12 Days of Grab and Go Lessons. You can find the rest of the series here:

12 Days of Holiday Lessons


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