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History

Clowns

Activities

1.  Create your own clown face using a paper plate. Cut a hole in center and insert a small red balloon for the nose. Tape the balloon to the back of the plate to secure in place.  Decorate with crayons, markers, glitter & glue or other fun materials.

2.  At the circus, clowns are often acrobats too!  They work hard to learn how to tumble safely.  They have years of practice but you can clown around at home!  Put painter’s tape on the floor and pretend it is a balance beam or blow up a balloon and don’t let it touch the floor while you hit is across the room.

3.  Clowns try to make people laugh through their jokes and silliness.  Here are a couple for you!

  1. Q: How do all the oceans say hello to each other? They wave!
  2. Q: What did one wall say to the other wall? I’ll meet you at the corner!
  3. Q: What do you call a bear with no teeth? A gummy bear!
  4. Q: What do you call cheese that isn’t yours? Nacho cheese!
  5. Q: Where do cows go for entertainment? To the moo-vies!

Clowns have been around for thousands of years but how did clowns start?  What role have clowns played in society over the years?  And why do some find them hilarious while others are scared of them?

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