Free Printables and Worksheets All About the Circus

Published:
February 26, 2021

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Jeannette Tuionetoa

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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.

Free Printables and Worksheets All About the Circus text with image cut out of a circus ticket and a red background

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 Themed Unit Studies and Printables for All Ages

Circus Themed Unit Studies text with a circus background

Circus Week Themed Roundup | Sara J. Creations

FREE Circus Mini-Unit | In All You Do

Circus Mini Unit Freebie text with illustrated image of a circus elephant with a red and white striped background

Circus Theme Units | ABC Teach

FREE Worksheets Circus Arts | Education.com

All About Circus | Kinooze

History of the Circus

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

Circus Activities for Kids! text and background image of a boy having fun while playing

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

Preschool Fun at the Circus text and image example of circus themed workbook cover and worksheet pages with a blue background

Circus Fun and Learning | Homeschooling my Kinetic Kids

FREE Circus Color by Shape Worksheets | Simple Living Creative Learning

Circus Colour by Shape Worksheets text with image examples of circus themed coloring pages

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

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