Circuses present an incredible collection of unusual noises, bright colours, awe-inspiring scenarios and larger than life characters that appeal to children of all ages. For someone with a preschooler to entertain and teach, the circus holds more inspiration than a clown car. Let your imagination run wild as you concoct circus-themed craft activities about exotic animals, crazy shapes, contrasting sizes and cheery colours.
Clown shoes are funny crafts that kids can wear. Each child needs two shoe boxes, tape or glue, and decorating materials. Cut holes in the lids of the shoe boxes big enough for the child's foot to go in but not so large that they slip out, and then tape or glue the lid to the box. Provide paints, markers, crayons, stickers and glitter, and help the children decorate their shoes.
Clown Face Plates
Clown face plates play with the ancient theatre concept of mask. Masks let children play the character of the clown without dirtying their faces with make-up. Help children hold paper plates up to their faces and make marks where the eyeholes go. Cut the eyeholes out and then use markers to decorate the plates like clown faces. Add colours around the eyes and cheeks, a big red nose and a big smiling mouth. Use yarn to secure the masks around their heads.
The ringmaster's megaphone is a simple cone-shaped craft that amplifies a child's voice when used. Let the children decorate a piece construction paper with markers, paint or stickers. When they are finished, roll the paper into a cone and tape or staple it into place. Take the kids outside and let them use their megaphones to be as loud as they like.
Make animal cages with empty cereal boxes. These small boxes go well with miniature or stuffed animal toys. Cut out rectangles on both sides of the cereal box with scissors or a knife. Give the boxes to children to paint and decorate with markers and stickers. Once the boxes are decorated, glue some straw on the inside floor of the cage and add the animals. If no straw is available, use another material such as strips of construction paper or cotton balls.
Children can create their own circus animals from small pom-poms or foam balls. Glue two or three balls together to form an animal shape and let them dry. Once the bodies are ready, add pipe cleaners for tails, arms and legs. Glue on googly eyes. Colour the animals with paint or markers. When the animals are finished, they fit perfectly inside cereal box cages.
Clown ties complement clown masks and shoes. Make them with construction paper and glue. Cut out two large triangles of the same size and a circle from a piece of construction paper. Glue the triangles together at the points with the circle in the centre, creating a bow tie. When the glue has dried, let children decorate their ties with paint, markers and glitter. Clown ties can be easily attached to shirt collars with a large paper clip.
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