In honor of this week's Delta Fair we decided to do a Carnival Week theme!
Trapeze Paper Dolls
This activity is simple, yet really fun. Kids can create their own paper doll acrobat. We have a template kids can trace, or they are welcome to make their own person. After the acrobat is decorated, he/she will be glued to a craft stick. Finally, tie a string so the trapeze artist can by hung.
We love making our own stencils. One of our artists on staff, Grace Porter, is a master with an X-Acto swivel blade. She made some fun stencils for kids to use. We thought it would be fun to make circus stripes as the background and do a solid silhouette on top. Kids can either make their own stripe paper or use recycled wallpaper we had on hand. These look great as a series!
We couldn't resist doing a collage station for kids to create their own funny clowns. We have a basket of various types of paper including construction paper, scrapbook paper & recycled paintings. We'll also have markers out for kids to make their own patterns. The 3D clown hair is formed by taking tiny strips of thin, long construction paper & folding it like an accordion.
Kids are provided with a template of a clown who fits perfectly inside of a piece of 12" x 18" construction paper cut in half lengthwise & rolled up in a wheel (we used a glue stick to adhere the wheel). Kids can get creative by giving their acrobat a personality. Fold down the hands & feet to stick him/her inside the wheel using a glue stick. Kids can then have fun rolling their acrobat around!
Collage an animal!
We partnered with the Delta Fair to giveaway free tickets. We ran a contest to see who had the best craft idea to add to our week. The winner sent us a cute Lion craft using a paper plate. We put an Art Project spin on it by using a child's unwanted/unclaimed painting to create the lion's mane. And of course, we had to add wiggle eyes!