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3-D Nutcrackers

This is a super easy and colorful project for the winter holiday season using markers and craft odds and ends from around the classroom.

  • Grade 4
    Grade 5
    Grade 6
  • 60 to 90 Minutes
  • Directions

    1. Introduce symbols for the winter holidays such as the Nutcracker. Show students an array of Nutcracker examples, either actual nutcrackers or images. Discuss as a class how each nutcracker is different, what kind of designs were used, what colors, shapes, accessories, etc.
    2. Hand each student a piece of 9 x12 in. (22 x 30 cm)piece of white paper. Demonstrate how to make a book fold to find the center of each paper. Then demonstrate how to fold edges to the center to have a sheet divided into 4 equal sections.
    3. With folds facing upward have students sketch out their nutcrackers using the following format. First section: side of hat, side of face (hair), arm, side of pants. Second section: front of hat, face, front of shirt, front of pants. Third section: repeat first. Fourth Section: Leave blank.
    4. When nutcrackers are sketched out, have students retrace pencil lines in black marker and then add color to entire paper using a variety of Crayola® Markers (Glitter, Metallic, Super Tips, Multicultural, etc.)
    5. (Optional) When nutcrackers are completely colored, students may choose to add a of variety craft items to complete their nutcrackers including pompoms, sequins, gems, Crayola Glitter Glue, cotton balls/felt/fabric beards, etc.
    6. Staple nutcrackers together at top and bottom in a prism shape by overlapping the first and fourth sections.
    7. Invite the class to display their artwork as a nutcracker army.
  • Standards

    SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.

    SS: Give examples of and explain group and institutional influences such as religious beliefs, laws, and peer pressure, on people, events, and elements of culture.

    VA: Understand there are/compare various purposes for creating works of art.

    VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences and stories.

    VA: Use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner.

    VA: Explore and understand prospective content for works of art/ integrate visual, special and temporal concepts with content to communicate intended meaning.

  • Adaptations

    Watch The Nutcracker Prince, discuss the characters, plot and setting of the movie.

    Watch The Nutcracker ballet, discuss the characters, plot and setting of the ballet. Compare and contrast to The Nutcracker Prince.

    Conduct a research project on other traditional Yuletide toys, foods and traditions.

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