This time of year means decorations, carols, and the Nutcracker. This ballet has become a Christmas tradition around the world. There is so much vocabulary associated with the ballet and word searches are an easy way to help children learn. If you have a ballet fan in your home, go ahead and grab a copy of this free printable Nutcracker word search today!
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Nutcracker Word Search
This Nutcracker word search contains 15 words all relating to the traditional ballet. There are so many possible vocabulary words to choose for this ballet, but these are the most basic. The words can be found horizontally, vertically, and diagonally, plus they can be forwards or backwards.
Ways to Use This Word Search
- Have your child circle or underline the words as they find them. Use a pencil, colored pencil, crayon, or marker.
- If it’s easier for your child, he or she can use a highlighter or pale marker to highlight the words instead.
- Another option would be to have your child dot each letter in the word with a bingo dauber. They are always lots of fun for kids!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
- Printer Paper and a Printer
- Pencils, Crayons, Markers, etc.
WHAT ELSE YOU MIGHT NEED
If you would like to print out the word search and reuse it multiple times, you could use a laminator and laminating pouches. Then your child could use a dry erase marker or wet erase marker to complete the activity. Here are some more options to make this free word search more fun:
Resources to Go Along with the Nutcracker Word Search
You can use this word search together with other resources to help your child learn even more about the ballet.
Books About the Nutcracker
There are lots of Nutcracker books for kids, with gorgeous illustrations. Here are just a few of the best. These would be great books to read aloud to your child before they complete the word search. Or older readers would enjoy some of these books on their own.
First Stories: Nutcracker by Dan Taylor
The Nutcracker: An Enchanting Pop-Up Adaptation by Jessica Southwick
Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffmann (Illustrations by Maurice Sendak)
The Nutcracker by New York City Ballet
The Nutcracker (Little Golden Book) by Rita Balducci
The Story Orchestra: The Nutcracker by Katy Flint
Art Projects for Kids has several Nutcracker themed art projects you can try.
If your child enjoys playing with sensory dough, this sugar plum sensory dough from Rainy Day Mum will be a treat.
Miniature Masterminds has a free 23 page Nutcracker preschool packet, full of fun activities.
To download this printable, simply click on the link below.