Circus Crafts For Kids

Kids and circuses go hand in hand. Children love everything about the circus – from the elephants, to the lions and high trapeze acts. They love the cotton candy and the clowns jumping out of cars. But usually, the circus only comes around once a year. How much fun to put together circus crafts for kids right in your home where they can enjoy the circus any time of year!

Megaphone Be A Ringmaster!

Items needed for this craft are scissors, construction paper, stickers and markers. The child should decorate the construction paper first with the stickers and markers. When they’re done, roll the paper up in a funnel shape. Voila! Instant megaphone. Perfect for playing with outside where they can use their loud,outdoor voice.

Cages for the Animals

One of the best parts of a circus is seeing the animals. Not the usual squirrel or dog the kids can see everyday, these beasts are wild and dangerous and kids love them! This craft gives them the opportunity to cage their own, even if these are just made out of cookies. Items needed are animal crackers, glue, pipe cleaners and foam food trays. The first step is to have the children glue the animal crackers to the trays. If the trays are circular, they (or the adult) can cut the trays into a square (more cage like) shape. Glue pipe cleaners over the animals making sure the pipe cleaners run the length of the tray to resemble a cage. If you incorporate some yarn into the mix, you can string these cages together to look like a little circus caravan.

Circus Crafts for Kids Clown Hats

What kid doesn’t want to dress up as a clown? Now they can look like one, even without the big rubbery nose. Items for this project include scissors, construction paper, glue, pompom, toothpicks, and holes punched from a hole puncher (yes, the actual tiny circles, in various colors works best!). First cut a large triangle out of the paper, and round out the bottom so it resembles a hat. Have the child glue the pre-punched holes by using the toothpicks to pick them up (or they will stick all over the child’s fingers!) The pompom gets glued onto the very top, of course!

Circus Crafts for Kids Neck Tie

Now that your child has the hat, why not have him create a neck tie to create his clown look! Items needed are construction paper, stickers, markers and a big paper clip. Since clowns wear bowtie neckties, have the child cut out two triangles of similar shape then arrange them so a necktie shape is created. Decorate the tie then use the paper clip to attach to their shirt.

Whats a Circus without Cotton Candy!

This craft may look so lifelike the children will want to eat it, so be forewarned! For this craft you’ll need a bag of cotton balls, of course, pink is best, however, any color can be used, most especially your child’s favorite. Pull the cotton apart slightly then mesh them together with fingers. Glue the nonsticky cotton candy conglomeration onto an empty paper towel roll.

Utilizing all of these circus crafts for kids will allow one child to be dressed as a clown while speaking into a megaphone to a crowd full of children pretending to eat their cotton candy!

A Circus Birthday Party For Your Little One – Welcome to the Big Top!

For a colorful and unique kids party you should try circus birthday party theme. It will be such a wonderful celebration…and it’s not difficult to incorporate all the fun circus acts and activities into your very own party. You and your child will have a very special day to look back on! Make sure to take lots of photos of this magical event.

Every kids party should keep your little guests entertained from the time they arrive, until the last one leaves. If any party theme is able to accomplish that task, it’s a circus! There are tons of great ideas to keep everyone at this party busy from start to finish.

Of course, The Greatest Show on Earth is just not the same without the good old big top. What a perfect name for that giant colorful tent that lets everyone know the big show is about to begin.
There are inflatable games and tents for rent that can be set up in your yard if you really want the full effect of the carnival atmosphere. Lots of games are ideal for this kind of party…the peanut game, bean bag toss, hoop toss…all can be easily set up to provide a carnival atmosphere for your little guests.

Decorate your yard or house with lots of red and yellow helium filled latex balloons. If your holding it inside let the balloons float up to the ceiling and it will look like the inside of a tent. Cut or print out colorful pictures of circus animals or give the kids some fun clown coloring pages to keep them busy. Play a dress up like a clown game. Get some old clothes, colorful ones, or old costumes you have stored away and play a relay dress up race. This fun party game is always good for some laughs. Make sure you have a prize for each child when the game is over!

Keeping kids entertained with a circus theme is easy. There are entertainers who will come in dressed as clowns, magicians or jugglers to give your party a real feel of the big show. Face painting is another great activity for this kind of party. Favors can include a red clown nose or animal crackers. Balloon animals made by twisting long balloons into funny shapes are always fun. You can find instructions online and learn to do this yourself. Give one to each guest and let them take it home with them for a special treat!

There are all kinds of goodies that are perfect for this party theme. Popcorn and cotton candy are the usual circus fair, serve them along with hot dogs and hamburgers. Waffle Ice cream sandwiches and candy apples are great for desserts along, of course with a birthday cake. You can make a balloon cake yourself. Bake a cake and some cupcakes. Cut the tops of the cupcakes off and place them on your frosted cake. Decorate them in different colors with frosting…use string licorice as strings and you’ve just added a bunch of balloons to your party cake.

Hand out goody bags with candies, glow sticks, temporary tattoos and your just about done with your party planning. Always have your camera on hand to snap some wonderful pictures of this special birthday celebration. I like to send each guest a picture with a Thank You note afterwards.

You can make a free printable birthday banner at home using your computer and printer. Get some fun circus hats and hand them out as your guests arrive.

You will have a great time along with your family and friends at this entertainment spectacular. You can make sure this is the best circus birthday party ever.

Work at Home Moms – 5 Things That Make Them the Greatest People in the World

Moms are the best. They nurture us, and provide us with love and comfort. They worry about us, and keep us out of harms way. They praise us for good conduct, and affectionately admonish us when we misbehave. They love and care for our fathers and our grandparents. Unfortunately, moms don’t seem to get the credit that they rightfully deserve. And then, there are the work at home moms. Like moms, they don’t seem to receive much credit either. So, who are they exactly, and why are they so great?

They Do the Best Juggling Acts
No, they are not circus clowns. With the exception of those who earn their living in the circus, moms do not parade around like Harpo Marx and make us laugh. Yet, they do the best juggling acts, and manage to keep things organized. First, they send their children off to school. Then, they run some family errands, and gather up all of the necessities for the household. They return home, turn on their computers, and work on their home businesses. At break-time, they start the dinner preparations. When break-time is over, they get right back on the computer to pick up where they left off. Finally, in the evening, they give a warm welcome to their children and spouses upon their return, and spend valuable time learning about their day. They perform all of these acts in just a few hours in the day, and yet make it look so easy. Undoubtedly, they are time management experts with many years of experience.

They Make the Best Repairmen
As a rule, we turn to a repairman when something is broken that we don’t have the tools, knowledge, or manpower to fix. Unless you were an auto mechanic, you would need to call one to fix your car’s faulty carburetor. Likewise, children call upon moms to fix problems. These problems range from tummy aches to backed-up toilets. However, they are just as capable of fixing flat tires as well. Like many moms, work at home moms are terrific troubleshooters. There are countless stories of moms who started home businesses when their spouses were either laid off from work or downsized. They put on their hardhats, and began researching work at home opportunities. Then, when they found just the right fit, they went to work immediately. Years later, many of these moms are now earning residual six-figure incomes. This makes them the best repairmen (or repairwomen, if you insist) who have ever lived.

They Treat Money With Respect
Have you ever noticed that, when moms shop, they always have their checkbooks handy? When they make a check purchase, they always write the amount in the checkbook receipt column. This is because moms practice the art of tracking their spending each time they shop. On occasion, you may come across a dad doing the same thing, but it is often the mom who does it more frequently. Work at home moms are obviously no different. They treat money as if it were the golden grail. They are very diligent about saving it, and are very careful and astute about how they spend it.

They Make a Mean Turkey Sandwich
There is no doubt that moms do lots of wonderful things that improve the quality of life. Yet, the one thing that they do that all men, children, and other women genuinely appreciate is that they cook like nobody’s business. They can take a single banana, and convert it into one of the most delicious banana cream pies known to the human tongue. Yes, there are some dads who are good cooks, but no one cooks like mom. Work at home moms labor in front of their computers, and earn incomes that you wouldn’t believe. Yet, they make the meanest turkey-on-rye sandwiches that are out of this world.

They Set Positive Examples for Their Children
If you want to see a good example of a positive role model, take a walk over to your nearest supermarket. The moms are always there. You’ll occasionally see them shopping alone, but there are times where you’ll often notice them being accompanied by their children. Like the baby cub in the jungle, the children are taught how to find a food source, and then track the evening’s delicacy. Moms teach their children how to read nutrition labels, check prices, and then make educated decisions on what to buy. They figure out how much they will spend, and how it will affect the household budget. Work at home moms teach their children the value of hard work, persistence, consistency, and patience. They set positive examples for their children.