April 16th is World Circus Day. You may have guessed that the circus is something near and dear to the KneeBouncer world. After all, one of the first KneeBouncer games was Under the Big Top! So today, I thought I’d share some ways for your family to have some three ring fun.
Balloon Animals: Wanna wow your kids? Watch one of the video tutorials at balloon-animals.com and whip up a frog, dog or other creature.
Sing. Sing Sing. I don’t know about you, but my Bug LOVES (did I emphasize that enough?) singing. We have the Milkshake Play CD on autorepeat on our home audio system right now. But there are lots of songs about the circus written to familiar tunes like “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad.” So give your tot a ‘mic,’ put them ‘center stage’ in the living room and let them belt it out! For song ideas, check out preschooleducation.com or preschoolkids.net.
Build-A-Circus: Want to make a circus in your living room? This is a great opportunity pull out those wooden blocks and all of the Little People, Weebles, and plastic animals you own. Get creative! Or set up the blocks and ‘bowl.’
World Circus Day Coloring Sheets: The masterminds behind the Greatest Show on Earth have put together fun circus coloring sheets to celebrate World Circus Day. Just download the PDFs from their website.
Make Your Own “Watercolor” Clown Collar: Have some coffee filters lying around the house? Invite your tot to decorate them with colored water (who doesn’t love a bit of water fun?) to make their own clown collar. Double bonus – – easy clean up! Check out A-Z Kid Stuff for instructions.
Make a Handprint Elephant: My daughter’s FAVORITE circus animal is the elephant. So you can imagine my delight when I came across this gem of a craft on Busy Bee Kids Crafts! Check our their step-by-step photo instructions here.
Bag ‘o Popcorn (for the older kiddos): Is there any snack that screams circus more than a bag of popcorn? Pop your favorite brand and divide into small paper bags. You could even have kids decorate their own popcorn snack bags before you fill them! Might want to use something like Pirates Booty or Gerber Puffs for the younger kiddos.
Make Your Own Animal Cracker Cookies: Sure, you can pick up the 99 cent box of animal crackers at the store. Or you can roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty (remember, I like to think I’m that kinda mom) and make your own! I love this animal cookie recipe from 101 Cookbooks. Uses whole wheat flour and sweetens with coconut. Yum.
Circus Marshmallow Pops: I LOVE marshmallow pops. Why? Because they are easy and fun to make. I was delighted to come across these adorable pops on Katie Grace Designs. If you have a circus-themed party coming up, you’ll love some of the ideas on Katie’s blog! Don’t be intimidated by making marshmallow pops. Some melted candy, sprinkles and marshmallows are all you need – Voila!
Got a circus-inspired idea? Would love to hear it! Please share by leaving a comment.