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Design Your Own Nutcracker

Design Your Own Nutcracker
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by Andrea Mulder-Slater

Nutcracker dolls symbolize good luck in German tradition, but where did they come from? This drawing lesson will teach children the answer to this question, and more.

Guided drawings are a great way to boost a child’s confidence. And, with the right instructions, a guided drawing can still allow for lots of creative decision making.

This lesson builds on a step-by-step lesson as it encourages students to design their own nutcracker.

A brief history of these wooden dolls is included, as is a modified cut-paper version for younger students.

The art materials used are left up to the teacher/student.

What You Need:

  • Heavy weight (Sulphite) drawing paper (12″ x 18″
  • Construction paper (or other paper) (12″x 18″)
  • Black Sharpie markers
  • Crayons (or another art medium)
  • Scissors and glue

What You Do:

Full instructions for this lesson plan can be found in our downloadable PDF lesson pack!

You can download our lesson plan pack, which introductory materials, a how-to-draw guide, project examples and creativity pages for just $5.00.

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