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Clown Craft | Shapes | Colors | Emotions Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities

Clown Craft | Shapes | Colors | Emotions Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities

Activities Materials

Fun with Clowns > Children will practice shapes, numbers and colors to make an Easy Shapes Clown Craft companion that they can hold and use as a puppet along with some fun online activities and more!

Activity 1: Easy Shapes Clown
Print your choice of color or black and white templates. There is a small image of the completed clown on the template. Read below for different options to assemble the craft.

To make the craft more challenging for older children substitute template page 2 (large circle) with a small dessert paper plate. To save on ink print black and white template 2 or 2a on light/pastel color paper.

Template 2a is for young children under 3 years of age (toddlers) to help them position pieces.

There are a number of ways to complete the craft that address certain learning activities:

Option 1: Recycling and Focus on Colors

Print the black and white template, cut the pieces and practice color recognition by choose colors with the children for the different pieces. Trace the template pieces over scraps of construction paper you may have accumulated.

Option 2: Color by the Number & Colors:
With this option children can practice number recognition and colors.

  • Print the black and white template and do a color by the number activity.
    • Make a number & color chart with crayons or markers, then write the assigned number inside the template pieces.
    • The children look at the chart to search for the right number,color the pieces according to chart. If it is a large group make the number/color chart on a board so everyone can refer it.

Before assembling and gluing the pieces, make sure to discuss each shape used: circle, triangle, and crescent shape. Sort the shapes by color and then size.

Emotions: Demonstrate how the crescent shape for the mouth can illustrate a happy face and when turn upside down it illustrates sadness.

The "hair" orange triangles can be cut along the dotted line (make sure not to go past where the line indicates). Roll the strips on a pencil to curl and glue as illustrated. The children can also glue a few strands of yarn over the piece.

You can also replace the yellow circle and glue a cotton ball or large pom pom on the tip of the hat instead.

Once the the clown is assembled glue a large craft stick (tongue depressor size), or a toilet paper tube or half of paper towel tube to the back and the clown puppet is ready!

Activity 2: Online Activity: Fun with the Clowns at Chateau Meddybemps
First Page: At the top of the screen is a drop down menu with developmental ideas that are very useful to conduct the activity:

Here is what they suggest and some additional suggestions:

  • Anticipation: Give the children time to observe the scene and ask the children what may be happening next before scrolling down. Will they fall?
  • Second Page:
    Counting and matching: This matching activities may be challenging for younger children (under age 3) so they may need assistance to identify the matching one or different ones.
  • Emotions and feelings: This part of the activity can be really fun. Have the children try to mimic each of the faces and participate with them. Make sure to use the words for each facial expression: happy, angry, concerned, sad, etc.

Additional fun learning activities with clowns:

  1. Alphabet Letter is C is for Clown > Review materials for letter C featuring the clown in the clown theme.

  2. Easy Clown Hat and Face Painting Activity
    Print this simple clown hat and glue it to a paper head band (cut three 1 1/2 " strips from a piece of construction lengthwise and tape together to make the head band) and wear after the face painting.

    Use skin safe paints and have clown face painting activity. Keep it simple: a little red paint in the nose, cheeks, and white and red around the mouth. Older children can work in pairs painting each other's faces.

  3. Number Practice - Clown coloring activities that teach.
    Clown with six balloons> Count the circles inside the balloons representing the numbers, trace inside the number and color the clown.

    Six clowns with numbers and shapes > Count, identify and color the shapes in the clowns' outfit representing the numbers in the hat, trace inside the number and color the clowns. Use a different color for each clown's shapes and number.

  4. Coloring Fun & Easy Craft Fun - Here are several more clown related coloring pages with suggested activities, and some are suitable to decorate and practice scissor skills and make hand puppets.

Easy Shapes Clown Craft
easy shapes clown craft
illustration only

1 | 2 |2a
(2a with positioning guidelines)

Black & White
1 | 2 | 2a
(2a with positioning guidelines)

letter c clown printable activities
Letter C clown printable activities

clown coloring pages
Clown coloring pages

*paper, card stock or scraps of construction paper
*coloring tools
*glue or glue stick
*craft stick/Popsicle