Next year, I want to get my hands on the book (illustrated by Maurice Sendak!!) for the lesson. For now, I just tell the story from the ballet, using my nutcracker statue as an example. Some students have been to the ballet, but most know the story from the Barbie cartoon.
|Uncle Drosselmeyer, godfather of Clara and Fritz....with his eye patch, this one matches the one that I show students.|
Some of the Kindergarten nutcrackers end up looking quite scary!
NOTE: I would definitely split this into a two-week project in the future. By the time they get to coloring, they hardly care enough about the details to finish it really well.
Week 1, draw the nutcracker, trace in sharpie and paint with tempera paint.
Week 2 re-trace sharpie details (like noses and buttons that were covered with paint) Cut out to make an ornament/puppet.
For the display, I put them over red fabric, with a gold paper 'matte'....stunning!