Ideas For a Circus Unit/Theme
your classroom!!!


Circus Crafts!

Elephant Craft

Polar Bear Circle Practice Paper Craft


Circle Bear Shapes Practice Craft

Circus Train Craft

Clown Number Buddy Paper Craft

Clown Paper Bag Puppet

Clown Toilet Paper Roll Craft

Juggler Number Buddy Paper Craft

Lion Crafts

Art Activities with a Circus Theme

Circus Lessons and Ideas!

Under the Big Top
Crafts, class book idea, song
and poems all about the Circus!

Bulletin Board Idea

Songs about the Circus

Fun Games to Play With Your Class

Circus Science Activities

Circus Songs and Fingerplays

Many, Many, Many Ideas

Art Lesson Plans

Circus things to print!


Reading Comprehension Activity

Circus Writing Activity

If I were a clown...
Descriptive Writing

Write a Circus Poem

Circus Similies

Word Fill-in

Balloon Shapes (with a clown) @ Bry-Back Manor

Circus Addition (fill in the number piece in the correct place) @ Bry-Back Manor

Circus Concentration Game @ Bry-Back Manor

Circus Flashcards (camel 1-19) @ Bry-Back Manor

Elephant Counting Book (1-10)

Favorite Part of The Circus Journal Page

Circus Theme Activity Sheets

Awesome Books and Products For Your Circus Theme

Mickey's Fun Songs - Let's Go to the Circus

Adventures of Corduroy: Circus

Circus Set with Backdrop

Circus Game

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Olivia Saves the Circus

If I Ran the Circus

Morris and Boris at the Circus (I Can Read)

Emeline at the Circus

See the Circus (Lift the Flap Series)

Tucker over the Top

Adam Raccoon and the Circus Master

Clifford at the Circus

Circus! : A Pop-Up Adventure

Star of the Circus


Coloring Pages




Make a Face

Circus Coloring Book Pages

Clown Dog to Color

Coloring (various)

Circus Coloring Book

Word Searches and Crosswords

Word Search

Word Search

Circus Wordfind (older children) @ Bry-Back Manor

Word Search

Bulletin Board Ideas - Oh my!

"We're 'nuts' about ________ grade" with circus
elephants. The kids names could be on peanuts. - Posted by
Chris on 8/09/02

Miss ________ Circus of learning would be a good title.

"Clowning Around" with
pictures of the student on a jungle gym

Two More Captions
Come One Come All To the Greatest School Year of All
No Clowning Around, Second Grade is Great


Ideas From Teachers

If you mail out back to school welcome letters or have a before school open house, design a ticket for the circus for your classroom. Give students a "ticket" to the circus with your name and room number, starting time, first day of school, etc.

Welcome Bulletin Board: Make a big red/white carton and giant peanuts spilling out, put a big clown and the title "Ms./Mr. ______ is nuts about his/her new students!" Put one child's name on each peanut. OR Make giant popcorn pieces out of yellow/white paper and write "Look who's popping into Ms. ____'s class!"

Classroom Jobs: A clown juggling, put each job on a different ball and rotate student names through the jobs by putting their name on a small tag. "JUGGLING JOBS!"

Reading Corner: Use red and white material,
wrap the ends around a small embroidery hoop, hang this hoop from the ceiling and drape the material down over the corner. Put a sign that says "Reading is Fun Under the Big Top!"

Student of the week/month board: Put up a picture of a funny circus animal flying on a trapeze and put the title "LOOK WHOSE FYLING HIGH IN Ms./Mr. _____'s CLASS"

Good Work Board: Put up a big lion that says "SOME WORK TO ROARRRR ABOUT!" or "NO LION, THIS IS GREAT WORK!"

Student nametags: Print out various circus animals from clip-art and put the kids names on them. I printed mine on cardstock this year and laminated and they lasted nearly 3/4 of the school year.

Behavior Management: Put up a big bulletin board with several different "Rings." Give each student their own paper clown and they can move them to the various rings for each infraction. "WE DON'T CLOWN AROUND!" or Put up a seal for each student and make it their goal to see how many small paper balls they can earn to balance on their seals noses. This could be a long term goal board or put three to five to use daily. For a class goal, put up a circus train by making small cars taped to the wall, student must earn animals for the train, when it's full, a class reward is given.

Word Wall: Cut out and laminate paper balloons and use them for a word wall, add a balloon for each word. This would really brighten up the room.

Wall Decorations: Party stores carry lots of clown type decorations and circus theme stuff for kids parties, this would be great for your

Bulletin boards: Cover the backgrounds with fabric that is circus related. Red/white stripes, bold colors, animals, etc.

Circus theme music: Find some circus theme music on the internet or on tape. This can be used to time students for a quick clean up. (My kids love to try to beat the music.)