We started taking O(6) to see The Nutcracker ballet when she was 2, and she has danced in the ballet for the past 3 years (she was a mouse this year). E(3) saw her first Nutcracker ballet at age 1, and she has been completely mesmerized every time she has seen it. So, it's no surprise that they love the book!
For the go-along activity, they put together a paper Nutcracker (that I bought from Dollar General). Coincidentally, my mom came to keep the girls on the day that they opened this book, and she had an AMAZING Nutcracker music box for them.
The girls LOVE this music box and have spent many hours staring at the dancers and then dancing to the music. E(3) has started snuggling down under our tiny Christmas tree while hugging her Nutcracker doll...she loves to pretend to be Clara. She also dances all around the room while holding and looking lovingly at her Nutcracker doll She is so sweet.
E(3) gets pretty creative when she plays with her music box and playmobil figures!