Circus Theme Centers

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  1. geiwee

    geiwee Rookie

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    We are doing a circus theme next week. I have all of my small group activities planned but I am stuck on what to do in the centers. I have the dramatic play figured out. I need an idea for blocks, math, toys/games, sensory table, and possibly art. Any help would be appreciated!
     
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  3. Tasha

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    Blocks - patterning to mimic the stripes in a tent
    math - counting animals in the opening parade or back to patterning with animals or colors
    sensory table - peanuts in the shell (if no peanut allergies) or foam packing peanuts
    art -use different shapes to make animals from the circus (elephant - large rectangle body, square for a head, short small rectangles for legs, long skinny rectangle for trunk) or clowns - see this for ideas: http://www.first-school.ws/activities/firststeps/clown.htm
     
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    Block area--throw the ball and know over the blocks
    Math--grouping circus animals, sorting balloons by shape or color
    Art--maybe something to do with the animal patterns on their skins, hides, fur?
    Sensory--ice (like snow cones?)
     
  5. MissJennifer

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    maybe even sorting/grouping circus animals using animal crackers for math. You could even have them glue them on a large paper by animal type or something.

    for games you could make coffee can stilts - or "tight rope walking" have them walk across a piece of tape for balance. do you have a parachute - maybe you could hang it from something like the circus tent - and let the kids play their games underneath it.
     
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    I took a very large parachute last year and hung it form the ceiling and let it drape down a few feet all around-- covered the entire room and we had our class in the circus tent
     
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    Children can play animal trainers by having them bring in their favorite stuffed animals. Then they can pretend to be animal trainers who work for the circus. Also, find a clown plush or one dimensional to point out clothes and body parts size and color. Have a ball with this happy,fun theme :)
     

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