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Circus week was a huge hit at my house and we even stretched out our activities for an extra week or so. The girls were all about all things circus! Here is a little round up of some of the fun activities that we did.
We started most activities with a book and also read some of these before bed each night. I've linked them to Amazon with my affiliate links to help you find the books faster.
A random side note - does anyone else struggle with Skippyjon Jones books? My teaching partner always thought it was hilarious to hear me attempt to read those books to our second graders. I have no experience with the Spanish language and I would fumble over the words like crazy. I had my husband read this to the girls and I was dying laughing as he did the EXACT same thing. He tried to make me read it, but I couldn't because I was laughing so hard. I don't even know if the girls understood the story between the mispronounced words and a story in a different language than they speak.
Fine Motor & Gross Motor PracticeTo do a little fine motor practice, we worked on ripping construction paper to make lion masks. These were simple to make. I just cut a circle in a paper plate, the girls glued on the ripped paper and then I punched holes and tied string through. The only problem was they didn't stay on their faces long as they realized it was easier to jump through a hoop without them.
To get a little gross motor fun in, I made a "flaming" hoop to jump through. I just took a dollar store hula hoop and tied plastic tape to it. That is my best description of the tape. You can find it at a home repair store and is usually used for marking off trees that will be cut down. It comes in neon colors and is a thin plastic. I've had this roll since I student taught. Finally, put it to some good use! The girls loved pretending they were lions and jumping through the hoop.
scoopers. The girls are loving these and I love that it is helping them with the motions for using scissors. I dumped popcorn kernels in the bottom and then filled it up with popped popcorn and peanuts. They had to sort it into feeding the elephant and filling the popcorn. If you have a peanut allergy and don't want to use peanuts, you could use those orange circus peanuts marshmallow candies. Bigger and heavier than a peanut, but they'll do the trick.
Then I had her look for the lowercase version to match. Some of these were easy for her and some were tricky. She also got distracted because she wanted to tell me about what starts with each letter because that's what they do in a Curious George book on cd that she listens to during quiet time. We pulled out the book and went letter by letter to help her find the rest of the matches.
Looking for more circus ideas? I have a bunch of ideas on my circus board on Pinterest. Many of the printables you see above are part of my Circus Preschool Unit that you can also find HERE.