Printable Nutcracker Activities for Preschoolers

Are you looking for fun and educational printable Nutcracker activities for your preschoolers? Well, you are in the right place! 

The Christmas season is not just about the festive decor and gifts; it’s an opportunity to engage young children in creative and fun-filled learning experiences. 

From delightful Nutcracker-themed crafts to captivating storytelling sessions, we’ve got a trove of Christmas activities designed to make this holiday season more enchanting for your tiny tots. 

Read on to discover how to turn the magical tale of the Nutcracker into a joyous educational journey for your preschooler!

Before we reveal some of our magical Nutcracker activities, let’s take a moment to appreciate the beauty of this timeless tale. 

The Nutcracker is one of my favorite books! With its enchanting story and charming characters, it has been a Christmas tradition for many families around the world. It’s a story filled with adventure, bravery, and magic, teaching valuable lessons of courage and friendship to our little ones. 

Utilizing this classic tale, we’ve put together an array of activities that not only bring fun and cheer but also stimulate your preschooler’s creativity and cognitive skills. 

So, get ready to immerse your children in the colorful world of the Nutcracker and create memories that will last a lifetime!

The Nutcracker Story for Children

The Nutcracker is a captivating tale of magic and bravery that takes place on Christmas Eve. Clara, a little girl, receives a beautifully crafted nutcracker from her mysterious godfather, Drosselmeyer.

Late at night, when everyone else is asleep, Clara sneaks back to the Christmas tree to check on her precious gift, only to be swept into a fantastical adventure. The Nutcracker springs to life to battle the evil Mouse King.

With Clara’s assistance, the Nutcracker overcomes the adversary, and as a token of gratitude, he whisks Clara away to the magical Land of Sweets. They are warmly welcomed by the Sugar Plum Fairy and treated to a feast of dance performances from around the world.

As dawn arrives, Clara finds herself back under the Christmas tree, wondering if it was all but a dream. This classic story, with its themes of courage, imagination, and holiday wonder, is an enchanting narrative that never fails to captivate the hearts of children.

Nutcracker Activities

Now, let’s delve into the exciting part! In this section, we are going to explore a variety of Nutcracker-themed activities that are sure to infuse your holiday season with fun, creativity, and learning. 

Each activity has been carefully designed to engage your younger students’ artistic abilities, imagination, and cognitive skills while immersing them in the enchanting world of the Nutcracker. 

So, without further ado, let’s get started on this magical journey of exploration and creativity! Each idea featured below is perfect this time of year.

Nutcracker Ballet Performance

After reading the Nutcracker book, why not bring it to life with a playful reenactment? Children can play different roles – Clara, the Nutcracker, Mouse King, and even the Sugar Plum Fairy. This activity stimulates their imagination and helps to improve their storytelling and expression skills. 

Nutcracker Craft

Crafting a Nutcracker figurine out of recycled materials is a fun way to express creativity. Children can use old cardboard, colorful papers, buttons, and glue to create their unique Nutcracker. It’s a great way to develop their fine motor skills and stimulate their creativity.

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Nutcracker Collage

Create a collage inspired by the Land of Sweets. Use cut-out pictures of candies, cupcakes, and other sweet treats. This can be a group activity, promoting teamwork and communication among children. 

Sugar Plum Fairy Dance

Explore the music of the Nutcracker with your kids. Engage the children in a dance routine to the tune of ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.’ This fun movement activity helps improve their gross motor skills, rhythm, and coordination.

Nutcracker and Mouse King Puppet Show

Create puppets of Nutcracker and Mouse King using socks and craft materials. The children can then use these puppets to retell the tale. This activity can improve their narrative skills and understanding of the story. 

Each of these activities provides a unique learning experience, making the Nutcracker tale an unforgettable journey for your preschoolers.

Nutcracker Themed Snacks

Add extra fun to your Nutcracker activities by incorporating themed snacks. For instance, you could bake cookies shaped like the Nutcracker, or create a candy buffet inspired by the Land of Sweets.

This will not only satiate the little ones’ taste buds but also provide an opportunity to introduce them to basic kitchen skills and the concept of healthy treats. Remember, the goal is to make the experience as immersive and enjoyable as possible! 

Nutcracker Coloring Pages

Coloring is an excellent activity for developing fine motor skills and fostering creativity. Introduce Nutcracker-themed coloring pages. Children can color Clara, the Nutcracker, Mouse King, or any other favorite character from the story. This is a calm, relaxing activity that can be done individually and in groups.

Nutcracker Story Discussion

After reading the story and performing various activities, hold a group discussion. This will help deepen their understanding of the Nutcracker story. Encourage children to share their favorite parts of the story, characters they liked, and lessons they learned. This is the perfect way to improve their communication skills and deepen their understanding of the tale.

Printable Nutcracker Activities

This Nutcracker printable pack includes 25 pages for kids to complete as they engage with the picture book.

They’ll practice math, literacy, and motor skills with these print-and-go activities.


  • printer
  • printer paper
  • crayons
  • pencil
  • dry erase pockets (optional)
  • dry erase markers (optional)

Completing the Activities

Your students will enjoy these free printables. In this free printable pack, you will find the following activities:

Puzzles: Kids will assemble 4-part puzzles to create various characters from the story.

Handwriting: Trace the letters B and N. There are two tracing fonts included

Letter Recognition: Identify the letter in the left column and circle the matching lowercase letters on the right. 

Tracing: Kids will trace letters, shapes, and various lines throughout this pack

Graphing: Kids will roll the dice and color a square to create a fun graph.

The Nutcracker tale offers endless opportunities for fun and educational activities. By integrating these activities into your holiday season, you can provide an enriching and enjoyable learning experience for your preschoolers.

So, let the magic of the Nutcracker sweep you away into a world of courage, adventure, and holiday cheer! 

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  1. Thank you for such a wonderful resource. I will be using the Nutcracker theme for the first time this year and you have saved me so many hours!