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Circus Show
From Superkids by Jean Marzollo - Illustrations by Irene Trivas

Many of the activities on these pages may require adult supervision.
Be sure to tell a grown-up about what you're planning and ask for permission before getting started.

Ideas for acts, props, and costumes.

A circus show is a great idea if you have lots of kids and time to make props and practice your acts. Don't try to get everything ready in one day. Take your time. Half the fun is in the preparation. Below is a chart of circus performers adapted for your circus. If you can't decide who's going to be what, take turns or skip some of the acts. PS: don't forget to make programs, sell popcorn, and have a circus parade at the beginning of the show.



Announces the acts

High hat, bow tie, jacket, mustache, microphone, whistle

Trapeze Artist
Does tricks on a swing
Leotard tights, bathing suit
Tightrope Walker
Does balancing tricks on a board safely set
up on two sawhorses
Tights, fancy T-shirt, ballet slippers or sneakers, balancing pole
Animal Trainer
Leads pets through their tricks
Boots, vest, fake whip, whistle, treats to feed pets
Lights heavy weights
Sneakers, jogging pants, bracelets, things to lift, scales to weigh them
Keeps balls in the air without dropping them
Balls and other things to juggle, a costume that doesn't get in the way of juggling
Perch acrobats
Make formations, such as a human pyramid
Identical fancy but comfortable costumes, sneakers
Does funny tricks to make people laugh
Baggy clothes, hat, big shoes, clown makeup, clown hat, yo-yo, whistle

Circus Party Illustration

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Based on the book SUPERKIDS: Creative Learning Activities for Children 5-15
Text © Jean Marzollo, Illustrations © Irene Trivas

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