Have you ever seen a wooden jumping-jack toy? If you pull the string at the bottom, the arms and legs of the man go up! In German, it’s called a Hampelmann.
Well, our fabulous art teacher must be clairvoyant or something! Because she did a nutcracker project with the 1st and 2nd graders that looked like Hampelmänner! She was looking for a project to go along with my Nutcracker Story Listening lesson – something for the younger children to do that would be a bit easier than making clothespin nutcrackers. But she wanted a project that was more than a simple coloring page. Perfect!
Aren’t they beautiful?!
It was such a great project that the 3rd & 4th graders created them, too, after they finished their clothespin nutcrackers.
The project can be found here and downloaded for free. Thank you, Brigid Ashwood, for creating such a wonderful project!