Circus Themed Unit Studies and Printables for All Ages

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All of my children seem to be super interested in the circus ever since their new favorite movie of all time, The Greatest Showman came out. They are so fascinated with the circus now! 

If you have Greatest Showman fans in your house, they may be interested in doing a unit study on the circus! I thought it would be fun to compile printables and resources to create your own circus unit study. These can be used with all ages and done together as a family. 

Circus Themed Printables and Unit Studies:

Elephants are always the star of the show. Learn about Elephants with this free unit study and hands-on activities from Adventures in Mommydom.

The Greatest Showman Meets the Brooklyn Bridge – learn about P.T. Barnum and his 21 elephants that crossed the Brooklyn Bridge with this free unit study and activities from Adventures in Mommydom.

History of the Circus Lesson Plan for Kids from

Circus Facts and Worksheets from Kids Konnect

Free Family Discussion Guide on the Greatest Showman from Arabah Joy

picture of a full movie theater.
Learn about Circus History from these online sources:
Learn about the 3 Rings of the Circus from Childrens Museum
Ring Two: Spectacle and Skill from Childrens Museum
Ring Three: Putting on the Show from Childrens Museum
Read an article about what a circus is from Brittanica Kids
Read an article about Ringling Bros. Circus ending from Here There Everywhere News for Kids.
Short History on the Circus from Circopedia

If you have preschoolers they will love all these free circus themed printables, themed printable packs and crafts.

Here are some books that are great for a circus themed unit study:

The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P. T. BarnumThe Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P. T. BarnumWomen Daredevils: Thrills, Chills, and FrillsWomen Daredevils: Thrills, Chills, and FrillsThe Circus Fire: A True Story of an American TragedyThe Circus Fire: A True Story of an American TragedyFire Breathing, Sword Swallowing, and Other Death-Defying Circus ScienceFire Breathing, Sword Swallowing, and Other Death-Defying Circus ScienceThe Greatest Show on Earth: The History of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey CircusThe Greatest Show on Earth: The History of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey CircusThe Greatest Shows on Earth: A History of the CircusThe Greatest Shows on Earth: A History of the Circus


Written by Sarah


Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Granola Mama to 4 children ages 16-5. She is a Charlotte Mason style homeschooler and has been homeschooling for 13 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, Coffee and Green Smoothies!

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