Circus Art


We I used the circus as a theme in my toddler room, We painted with balloons. Blow up a balloon small enough for them to grasp. (You will still have to help them hold it.) Let them dip the balloon in the paint and then have them blot it onto a piece of paper.


Part one: materials: small Styrofoam shapes(from a craft store), assorted pipe cleaners, paint, glue, flat toothpicks, glitter, feathers, string, shoe box.

Let the children be creative and make any type of animal they would see at the circus( my kids made elephants) then take shoe boxes and decorate them. this will take 2-3 days. Part 2: turn the boxes on their sides. have the children put their animals into them and glue thin strips of black construction paper to make it look like a circus car. attach a string to on side of the box so the kids can pull it around. let them dress up like clowns, put some music on and pull their circus cars in a parade around the room. this activity will take a couple of days to complete but my 4-5yr olds loved it.


Let the children become clowns by decorating a clown’s hat and taking a paper plate, cutting out the center and making a slit to the middle so that it can be easily placed around the child’s neck. Use bingo markers to decorate it.


Put all those empty paper towel rolls to good use. You can purchase colored cotton balls fairly inexpensive at beauty supply stores or pharmacies. Have the children practice using their pincer grasp by pulling apart each cotton ball to make them big and fluffy. Next, put glue on about the top 3/4 of the paper towel roll and stick on your cotton. It makes create cotton candy when you use light blue &/or pink cotton balls.


Make circus banners, like the triangular ones you can buy at the circus. Children can decorate with stickers, sequins, glitter, etc.


Make a circus balloon. I let the children just decorate with odds and ends stickers I have left over. Attach a piece of yarn to the end.


1. Headbands – put out cardboard strips along with stars, sequins, feathers, glitter…………..and let the kids go to town…..when finished adjust to their head size, fasten……and you have the prancing horses or the marching band.
2. Make puppets of circus animals.
3. Provide streamers etc and decorate the wagons, trolleys, and bikes for the circus parade.
4. Lots of shapes……..glue……paper…….make clown faces.
5. A body outline…..scraps of material, wool tops, paper etc and kids can make/dress clowns.
6. Patterning….balls, and drums……kids decorate them with zigzag patterns…..add a seal and high presto!


Just Clowning Around

Have each child lay down on a piece of butcher paper and trace around them with a marker. Draw a clown suit on them by adding three vertical circles on their chest, ruffles around their neck, ruffles around their arms and feet, and a clown hat on their head. Next, let the children decorate their “clown suits” with markers, crayons, pom-poms, rick-rack, etc. When each child’s “clown” is finished, cut them out and hang them around the room.


“Animal cookie collage”
Materials: animal cookies, glue, paper

Give each children cookies and allow them to glue cookies on paper. They enjoy eating these and making a collage.


We made a picture of Cotton Candy by letting the kids glue pink cotton balls to the top of a brown triangle of construction paper on to another sheet of paper.


Circus Art and Craft Activities

Circus art and craft activities for preschoolers through second grade.

Share an idea you have used in your classroom or at home that pertains to this theme.