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*Cc is for Clown Color Page

*Fingerplays/Songs

We are All Clowns Today
(tune: Farmer in the Dell)

We are all clowns today,
We are all clowns today,
Hi ho the derry o
We are all clowns today!

*Art

Clown Ruffle Collar
Need: coffee filters and food coloring

Have children color the coffee filters by dipping them into colored water. Lay flat to dry. When dry fold the coffee filters in half and tape them together in a line. Wonderful clown collar for a child to wear.

Circus Clown
Need: Paper Plate, scrap pieces/collage material

Set the scrap pieces and collage material in bowls or paper plates
on the table. Give each child a paper plate and let them glue collage
materials onto the paper plates to create a clown.

Creating Clowns

Cut shapes (circles, triangles, rectangles,etc) out of construction paper in a variety of colors and sizes. Have the children glue the shapes on pieces of construction paper to create clown faces.

Cotton Candy

Start at the top of a empty paper towel roll and glue on pink or blue cotton balls. Cover about 3/4 of the roll. To color cotton balls place in a baggie with powered tempera paint and shake.

*Learning Center

Circus Clown
Need: construction paper, laminate sheets, magnets, patterns or simple drawings

Make a large face on white construction paper, laminate,
and add magnet to back. Next draw simple, but not too small nose, eyes, mouth, ears, hat, ruffle, bow, flower, etc. Copy these to
different colors of construction paper.

Make A Clown Face

Cut, (can have older children help) laminate, add magnets to backs of
these as well. When magnet glue is dry, hang these items
on frig or magnet board.

Allow the children to take turns creating their own clown, take apart, then starting over again. (Kind of like a Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, but a clown.) The kids love it and it is really good for teaching colors, parts of face, emotions, and occupies while waiting to go to the restroom or a turn at the clay table. If you try using sheet magnets, instead of the
smaller, even toddlers can enjoy this as well. Contributed by: Shelley

Play Money

Print play circus money.

Play money 1's.
Play money 2's.
Play money 5's

*Group Time

Draw A Clown

Give each child 1 crayon and a sheet of white paper. Then have the children draw what you say: Display the children's clowns.

Draw a circle round and big.
Add a few hairs as a wig.
Make a circle for a nose.
Now a smile, broad and wide.
Put an ear on either side.
Add some eyes, but not a frown.
Now you have your very own clown.

*Movement

Circus

Provide face paint for animal and clown faces. Have children act out animals and circus acts. Lay a jump rope on the floor for the tight rope, hula hoops to jump through.

Jump Through Fire Hoops

Wrap red, yellow, and orange crepe paper around hula hoops. Let small bits of the crepe paper dangle into the hoop. Hold the hoop vertically and let the children jump through the hoops.

*Snack

Clown Snack

Place a pear in the middle of a plate. Sprinkle grated cheese on the pear for hair. Add raisin eyes, a raisin mouth, and a cherry nose. Make a ruffle collar from a lettuce leaf.

*Tips

Go to rummage sales, Salvation Army, and Goodwill, and pick up old bathing suits, sparkly clothes, boas. They make terrific outfits for the TIGHT ROPE WALKERS to wear as they cross the balance beam! Contributed By: Laura

*Sites to See

Balloon Shapes
(with a clown)

Elephant Counting Book (1-10)

Clown Stars
(counting)

Make A Circus Pattern

Circus Concentration Game Cards

Cute Elephants
Color Page

Help the Clown maze

*Color Pages

Circus elephant

Circus horse

Dog jumping through a hoop

Clown Color by Number

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