The Kiddie Pool Digest will be back each week with a new fun theme and interesting activities, facts, and bits from around the web for curious kids of all ages.
Now that Barnum & Bailey have hung up their hats and all the elephants have gone on to live happier lives doing…whatever elephants do when they’re not balancing on balls and flinging batons, life under the big tent is going to have to come to you. Because everybody needs some popcorn and cotton candy and a ring toss or two in their lives, here’s how to keep the magic of the circus alive and kicking.
Watch & Learn
Nighty Night Circus
Baby Elephants by National Geographic
The City Exposed: More than Clowns
Welcome to the Circus
Amazing Kid Acrobats
African Lion – National Geographic Kids
Jokes for your kids
(She pulled her hare out!)
Clowns on Parade
TAKE A DEEP DIVE With this Activity
- Clown costumes of your choosing. Can be anything really, but you might want to invest in a few red noses.
- All your kid’s favorite stuffed animals
- Wagons for pulling
- Bags of treats: popcorn, Animal Crackers, Cracker Jacks, etc
- Your circus music soundtrack and a something to play it on (preferably with a loud speaker)
Let you kids go crazy dressing up as “clowns” which means whatever crazy costume they want to wear plus a red nose.
Load up all their favorite stuffed animals in wagons (lions and tigers and bear, oh my).
Prepare treats by either divvying them up into small gift bags (think party favor bags) or buy individualized boxes. Animal crackers are great for this one.
Get your playlist going and head outside.
Let the kids show off their crowd appeal and enjoy watching the least scary clowns in the world make everyone smile for a day.
Covet & Collect
Get your groove on
- The Show Must Go On – Three Dog Night
- Life is a Carnival – The Band
- One Long Fairytale (from Coraline) – David Greenspan
- Tears of a Clown – Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
- Virgo Clowns – Van Morrison
- Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! – The Beatles
- Trapeze – Patty Griffin
- Theatre is Fun (from Coraline) – Francis Jue, January LaVoy
- Carousel – Michael Jackson
- The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze
- Circus on the Moon – Bruce Hornsby
by National Geographic Learning
by Chris Van Dusen
by Ian Falconer
by Hannah E. Harrison
LOOK UP THE STARS
Let’s let Leo, the Lion, lead the charge as the constellation this week. He was one of the earliest constellations to be recognized, with sightings going all the way back to the Mesopotamians and one of the easiest to find in the night sky.
GET SOME STAR-GAZING ASSISTANCE
Go pool hopping!
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