The circus is known as one of the oldest ways to entertain people. The circus is also a form of entertainment that children really enjoy. When you tell your children that you will be taking them to the circus they might know what you are talking about especially if it is their first time attending. Through a fun educational experience you can teach them all the wonderful things that a circus entails. The following are some suggestions on activities you can do to teach your child about the circus.
Read to your child about the circus. There are wonderful children’s books that talk about animals and the types of people who are in the circus. This will give you the chance as a parent to talk with your child about what people in the circus do and places that the circus takes place. Some books that I recommend are The Circus Baby by Pertersham, Maud, Harriet Goes to the Circus by Betsey and Guilio and Let’s Go to the Circus by Tony Palazzo. You can find these books at your local library.
Through math teach your child about the circus. For example, gather up different objects and have some of those objects represent the circus. For example, some items that represent the circus is a clown hat, tight rope, juggling balls and stuffed animals such as an elephant. Then have your child sort the objects in two different piles. One pile with be representing the circus and the other pile will be everything else. After they are done sorting have your child count how many objects are in each pile.
Have your child do an art activity that teaches them about the circus. For example, you can help your child make a clown head. Have the paper plate be the head. By using different shape cut outs you can help your child make the face. Include a cut out for the bowtie and ruffle. Another simple yet fun art activity is using play dough to form different circus animals.
Have your child engaged in activities that teach them what it is like to be a circus performer. For example, your child can act like a tightrope walker by holding a stick and walking on a balance beam at the same time. Another example is your child can be a stilt walker. You can make stilts using two large tin cans and a string. Have your child put one foot one top of each can and have one end of the string in each hand. Then they can stand tall and walk like a circus entertainer.
These are some suggestions on how you can teach your child about the circus. Through a fun learning experience your child will be able to tell about what the circus is like.