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Create Your Own Circus at Home

Here are some additional ideas and resources to cultivate more curiosity about all things “circus:”

Great Books about the Circus:

If I Ran the Circus by Dr. Seuss
Olivia Saves the Circus by Ian Falconer
Clifford & the Circus by Norman Bridwell
C is for Clown by Stan Berenstain
The Fabulous Foskett Family Circus by Quentin Blake
The Great & Only Barnum: The Tremendous Stupendous Life of Showman PT
by Candace Fleming

Make Your Own Backyard Circus at Home

After reading some great books about the circus, plan one in your backyard and invite your family, some neighbors and friends and entertain them!

Ring Master – This role is important to every circus! Make up your own introduction and explore your flare for the dramatic as you describe the acts as they happen.
Animal Act – Train one of your pets to do some tricks and perform them together.
Clown Act – Have fun creating a funny clown costume with makeup, use your clown hat you made at Paradise Park and be silly!
Trampoline Act – If you have a trampoline, make up an entertaining show of all your tricks!
Bicycle Act – If you have a bicycle or tricycle or any other wheels, use them to create another act.
“Sell” Refreshments – Pop some popcorn and serve some sodas for your guests as you walk through the audience yelling, “Popcorn! Soda! Popcorn! Soda!”
Program – You could even design and print your own circus programs! Don’t forget to come up with a name for your circus!