Although there has been some controversy with the history of the circus, kids are absolutely drawn to them. These free printables and worksheets all about the circus are great resources for a circus-themed unit in your homeschool.
I won’t be touching on the controversy, if that is OK. I am going to keep it on the lighter side of things.
When my kids were little, I took them to Barnum & Bailey Circus acts a few years before it closed for good in 2017. I wish I could say I hated it. However, my daughter still remembers her amazing elephant ride. She says she will never forget it.
The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus began in 1919. Two shows merged to form this one. Its signature big top red and white tents went away in 1957 when they started using permanent venues like sports stadiums and arenas.
After decreased attendance, animal rights protests, and high operating costs, the circus made its very last show in May 2017.
The contemporary circus:
Some say that circus history goes back to the 18th century or maybe even back to ancient Rome. However, the “contemporary” circus popped on the scene in the late 1960s.
I think the contemporary circus has gradually moved away from using animals and worked toward a more aesthetic appeal.
The circuses that have evolved today display a higher standard of art and provide different art forms that wow the audiences. It is still my goal to take the kids to see a Cirque du Soleil performance if ever possible in the future.
Although the circus has become more of a visual art creation, circus themes in homeschool are still super fun.
Grab these free printables and worksheets all about the circus to share with your homeschool:
Circus Week Themed Roundup | Sara J. Creations
FREE Circus Mini-Unit | In All You Do
Circus Theme Units | ABC Teach
FREE Worksheets Circus Arts | Education.com
All About Circus | Kinooze
Circus Facts for Kids | Kids.Kiddle
FREE Circus Facts & Worksheets | KidsKonnect
Check out these books about the circus from your local library:
Teacher Mama: Books about the Circus | Boy Mama Teacher Mama
What to Read Wednesday: Circus Books for Kids | My Learning Table
Circus crafts and activities that will liven up your circus lessons:
DIY Climbing Cardboard Circus Men Toys | Pink Stripy Socks
Fun Circus Activities for Toddlers | Just Bright Ideas
Circus Preschool Toddler Theme | The OT Toolbox
Hands-On Kindergarten and Preschool Circus Theme Kids Will Love | STEAMsational
Circus Fun for Kids | The Chirping Moms
10 Circus Crafts and Activities For Kids | Artsy Craftsy Mom
Circus Activities For Kids -Part 2! | The Usual Mayhem
15 Circus Inspired Activities for Kids | Our Three Peas
Circus Theme: 10 Awesome Activities for Kids | The Inspired Tree House
Circus Themed Activities For Kids | PinkOatmeal
FREEBIE Circus Bingo | Kay Rose
Clowns and Circus Theme and Activities | Child Care Lounge
Gross Motor Activities: Flaming Hoops | The Inspired Tree House
Circus Rider Toy FREE Craft | All FREE Kids Crafts
FREE At the Circus PreK Fun Pack | The Multi Taskin’ Mom
Circus Fun and Learning | Homeschooling my Kinetic Kids
FREE Circus Color by Shape Worksheets | Simple Living Creative Learning
Circus Theme-Weekly Home Preschool | Paper and Glue
Lego Club Challenge–STEM Circus | Lego Librarian
FREE Circus Coloring Pages! | Raising Our Kids
Circus FREE Games for Kids: Ring Toss | From ABC to ACTs
FREE PRINTABLES Circus Sudoku | Gift of Curiosity
How to Make Slime With Laundry Detergent – Circus Slime | Fun with Mama
FREE Play Dough Circus Set | Blessed Beyond a Doubt
Backyard Circus Obstacle Course | LalyMom
Circus Theme Learning Fun | Walking by the Way
Fun Circus FREEBIE Resource | Keepin’ It Kool in Kinderland
Kid-Pleasing Circus Science Experiments | STEAMsational
My Circus Elephant FREEBIE | Today in Second Grade
Circus Theme Math and Language FREE Printables | Homeschool Creations
Teacher Mama: Circus Craft: Trapeze Artist | Boy Mama Teacher Mama
Grab these circus-themed printables and learning resources to teach your little ones:
FREE Circus Do-a-Dot Printables | Gift of Curiosity
Here is A Quick and Awesome Circus Color Activity | No Stress Homeschooling
Balloon Color Matching for Preschoolers FREE Download | From ABC to ACTs
Homeschool FREEBIE: Circus Preschool Pack | Redfly Creations
FREE Circus Worksheets | Kindergarten Worksheets and Games
Step Right Up! Fun Preschool Circus FREE Printables | Darcy and Brian
Circus Sensory Table | That Creative Teacher
FREE Circus Printable Worksheets | 3 Boys and a Dog
Circus-Themed Math Worksheets: FREE Printables | The Happy House Wife
Quick and Easy Circus Fine Motor Activities | No Stress Homeschooling
At the Circus Color and FREE Copywork | The Multi Taskin’ Mom
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!