A trip to the circus is entertaining for both kids and adults. Bring a taste of circus merriment into your home with a thematic unit study. Check out this list for ideas of fun and educational big top activities that your young children will love.
Your family can also learn the history of the circus during your unit study. Lela Davidson has an article for kids all about the origins of the modern circus. This article also includes information on circus superstitions and trivia.
As a special addition to your unit study, you might want to visit a real circus. The Gamma Phi Circus at Illinois State University in Normal holds performances every April. Their shows include clowns and gymnastic acts. This is the United States' oldest collegiate circus, and your whole family will have a good time at one of their shows.
Your young children will have a great time learning and playing as you engage in circus activities together. View this list for suggestions of printables, crafts, snacks and books that will make your circus unit come alive with the excitement of the big top.