Today brings an end to National Clown Week and if you haven’t been to the circus to see a clown or had the opportunity to visit the International Clown Hall of Fame and Research Center in Wisconsin, read a book or two about clowns and then follow up with some of the activities listed for those clown-loving kids you know.
“C” is for Clown by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Cam Jansen: The Mystery of the Circus Clown by David A. Adler and Susanna Natti
Clown Child by Amy Littlesugar
Clown Games by Harriet Ziefert and Larry Stevens
The Clown in the Gown Drives the Car With the Star by Brian P. Cleary, Jason Miskimins, and Alice M. Maday
Clowns on Vacation by Nina Laden
Jingle the Christmas Clown by Tomie DePaola
Rodeo Clowns (The World of Rodeo) by Paul Kupperberg
Some fun clown-themed activities and crafts
Visit First-School, a website with all sorts of beginning activities for children ages 2 – 6. Clown-themed activities include shape recognition, color matching, and learning the alphabet.
Make a whole crowd of clowns using toilet paper tubes by following the directions at DLTK’s Kids. Use them for pretend play, party decorations, or as table top balloon holders.
Make a bean bag toss game using a large cardboard box, some paint, and some bean bags.
- Cut the bottom from a box, making sure all other sides are securely closed.
- On one side draw a clown face using a pencil and then cut where the eyes, nose, and mouth would be.
- Paint and let dry.
- Toss away!
Raid the closet to find some mismatched clothing items and let the kids dress up as clowns. Extra big shoes are a must. Paint on a face and act silly!
Believe it or not, there really are clown schools. Clowning is a serious business and learning all the techniques to be a clown takes patience. Listed below are northern California schools dedicated to educating would-be clowns.
The Clown Conservatory in San Francisco
Dell’Arte in Blue Lake
Clown School of San Francisco
Concord School of Clownology
By the way…the fear of clowns is real; it’s called coulrophobia.