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Hands-On Activities for a Preschool Circus Theme

There is something fascinating about the circus. Even though the Barnum and Bailey Circus is now closed, there are still plenty of circus and carnival activities that kids can do. Kids love the animals, candy, games, and fun that go along with the circus.

Harness this love of the circus with a preschool circus theme! This STEM unit is perfect for a circus unit study for preschool, kindergarten, and for daycare and homeschool themes. Check out our the rest of our circus STEM activities here!

Learning is fun with these hands-on circus activities for preschool and kindergarten! This preschool circus theme is a fun early learning thematic unit.

Circus Activities for a Preschool Circus Theme

Try these fun educational circus activities to complete a preschool circus theme! Most of these activities will also work in a kindergarten class or daycare setting.

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Books About the Circus

During your preschool circus theme, read these books!

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Circus Science Experiments

You can learn about science at the circus, too!

Elephant Toothpaste from STEAMsational

Balloon Color Matching from From ABCs to ACTs

Circus Slime

Early Learning Circus Theme

Circus Literacy Activities

Learning to read is more fun at the circus!

C is for Circus Do-a-Dot Printabels from From ABCs to ACTs

Circus Literacy Pack from Homeschool Creations

Circus Alphabet Puzzles from The Kindergarten Connection

Circus Literacy Printables from 3 Boys and a Dog

Circus Math Activities

Learn to count and add at the circus!

Circus Sorting Worksheet from From ABCs to ACTs

Circus Math Pack from Homeschool Creations

Circus Math Worksheets from Meaningful Mama

Circus Crafts

These circus crafts are simply adorable.

Circus Tent Craft from The OT Toolbox

Handprint Elephant from Glued to My Crafts

Paint Stick Clowns from Kids Activities Blog

Paper Plate Lion Mask from Handmade Charlotte

Paper Plate Elephant from I Heart Crafty Things

Circus Fine Motor Activities

Boost those pre-writing skills with these activities.

Circus Fine Motor Popcorn from From ABCs to ACTs

Circus Fine Motor Worksheets from Learning 2 Walk

Cotton Candy Play Dough from Mama Miss

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More Circus Activities to Try

Easy to Make (and low mess) Circus Slime Recipe

Circus Theme Classroom Ideas that Inspire A Love of Learning

20+ Exciting and Creative Circus Art Activities for Curious Kids

  • Cotton candy slime
  • LEGO acrobat
  • Circus peanuts science experiment

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