The Nutcracker

[ 1 ] December 10, 2007 |

NutcrackerThis classic story about Christmas, toys, magic, adventure, and candy is great for both boys and girls of many ages. Children can experience it in several ways — read the story, hear the music, see a live performance, turn it into a craft project, or as we do at our house — dress the part.

Read a book:
Nutcracker by E. T. A. Hoffmann, illustrated by Maurice Sendak
Nutcracker Ballet by Vladimir Vagin
The Nutcracker: Classic Collectible Pop-Up by David A. Carter, illustrated by Noelle Carter.
The Nutcracker by Michael Hague and Sarah L. Thomson

Hear the music:
– Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker CD, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Mackerras

Listen to the music while reading along with the book: The Nutcracker hardcover with CD adapted by Janet Schulman and E. T. A. Hoffmann, illustrated by Renee Graef

See the show:
– The Nutcracker by Festival Ballet. Check website for date and times.

Watch the movie:
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker – New York City Ballet (1993)
Starring Darci Kistler, Damian Woetzel, Macaulay Culkin and directed by Emile Ardolino.
Running Time: 92 minutes
The Nutcracker (1977)
Starring Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gelsey Kirkland and directed by Tony Charmoli.
Running Time: 78 min

Make a craft:
Nutcracker Stickers by Dover Little Activity Books
– Cut & Assemble a Nutcracker Ballet Toy Theater: A Complete Production in Full Color
by Tom Tierney
Paint your own wooden Nutcracker

Dress the part:
We put together this Nutcracker costume with black poster board rolled and stapled together to form the hat, makeup for kids, a corduroy jacket, red shirt and black pants from home. Black boots from the local thrift shop. Sword, optional.

Category: books / stories, crafts, holidays, movies + media, music

Anisa Raoof

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Anisa Raoof is the publisher of She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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  1. maïa says:

    Try to find this version — it is EXQUISITE.

    The Bolshoi At The Bolshoi – The Nutcracker ~ Yuri Grigorovich, Natalya Arkhipova, and Irek Mukhamedov (VHS Tape – 1990)

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