Colourful sheets draped from each corner of the room, meeting in the middle to form the Big Top. Balloons and streamers adorn the tables. A ticket booth is set up near the door and a large ring resting in the back yard houses a trapeze, balance beam and hula hoops. All that is needed to complete this circus-themed event are a clown or two and the snacks.
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Create a lion's face with pineapple, carrots, raisins and a cherry. Slice the pineapple in rings. Place the ring on a plate and arrange shredded carrots around it for the lion's mane. Use two raisins for the eyes and a cherry or grape for the nose.
Create a circus snack mix by mixing animal crackers, raisins, popcorn, candy-coated chocolate and peanuts. (Check for allergies before adding the peanuts.) Other ideas include dried fruit pieces, whole grain cereal O's, yoghurt-covered raisins or other nuts.
Ice Cream Clowns
Place an ice cream cone upside down to create a clown face. Add one scoop of ice cream to a baking cup or plate. Place a pointed sugar cone on top for the hat. Decorate the face with round candies for the eyes and nose and icing for the mouth. Children can create their own or serve them at the appropriate time to avoid melting.
Use apple slices, peanut butter and animal crackers to create a merry-go-round. After washing and coring an apple, slice it into 1/4-inch or 1/2-inch circles. Spread peanut butter on the apple slices, then stand animal crackers around the edge of the apple.
Decorate rice cakes or sugar cookies with frosting and add a liquorice lace for the string to create a snack resembling a balloon. Use peanut butter or cream cheese for a healthier version.
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