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Looking for a listening lesson for Christmas? Here are some ideas to go along with the music from The Nutcracker.
I think the Nutcracker is a great piece of classical music to introduce to your children. Did you know it is the biggest money maker for most ballet companies across the country? If your local ballet company is performing the Nutcracker, check and see if they have a performance designed for children. Our local ballet does a special children’s performance, and children can even sign up to attend Clara’s tea party before the show!
When I taught elementary music, I would spend a week covering the Nutcracker with my classes (I only saw classes once or twice a week, though). There are so many wonderful activities I have learned from other teachers, in addition to activities I have found online and through teachers pay teachers.
Here are some simple activities you can try with preschoolers:
If you don’t get the chance to see the Nutcracker live, there are many ways to introduce the story.
You could simplify the story for really young children and retell it, or you could use a picture book or watch a movie.
Here are a few different book versions of the Nutcracker
Nutcracker resources on Teachers Pay Teachers
I hope you are able to use some of these ideas with your children! I’d love to hear any other ideas you would add.