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.
Be a clown! If your dress-up box is anything like ours, you probably already have a lot of props that will help your tot ‘clown’ around. Wig and nose along with Dad’s shirt and shoes. Golden.
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.
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.’
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.
Got a circus-inspired idea? Would love to hear it! Please share by leaving a comment.