We read the book The Nutcracker Doll by Mary Newell DePalma. This book is about a young ballerina inspired to be part of the Nutcracker Suite after seeing a performance of it. She practices diligently to achieve her goal and is rewarded in the end with a part in the ballet. This was a simple book and it doesn't tell the story of the ballet, but Sassyfras and Juiciness enjoyed it all the same.
They enjoyed a Nutcracker inspired breakfast buffet.
I made little mice out of Hershey Kisses. You can find the directions here.
I found some coloring pages from the Nutcracker Suite and also made some paper doll chains.
Sassyfras declared them "A mess" and pulled them apart, lol. While they colored, I turned on the Nutcracker Suite movie (Netflix instant play). I was surprised how much they enjoyed it and often sat fixated on it.
I have a little bit of a nutcracker obsession. I took a few of these down and let them explore and play with them for a bit. They liked the tall, green, sparkly one the best.
I passed out walnuts, pecans, almonds, hazelnuts, and Brazil nuts. We observed texture, shape, size, and guessed what was inside. Then I cracked them open and we observed and tasted them.