Reviewed by: Mojomums reviewer Charlotte
What they say: DIY Circus Lab for Kids gives families everything they need to produce their own circus! Author Jackie Leigh Davis invites the you into the international youth circus community, then dives into the circus skill families: juggling, acrobatics, manipulation, balance, and clowning.
The book opens with a do-it-yourself prop-making class, and provides enough homemade circus equipment to get you started on some fun circus basics. Rising circus stars will then move on to lessons in toss juggling, flower sticks, poi, human pyramids, and how to move on to even more tricks and skills. And best yet, kids will see how to combine skills into an act, and acts into a show.
DIY Circus Lab for Kids also includes the Circademic Corner, which is full of academic and scientific factoids about circus, and Safety Check boxes whenever skill-learning requires adult supervision. Many of the skills in this book are safe enough for kids to do themselves, with a few requiring an adult “spotter” so families or classes can enjoy them together.
What we say: “Fascination with the circus has been favourable with families dating back years. With the release of the greatest showman film last year, the circus is more popular than ever. Children everywhere are desperate to recreate what they have seen on screen and put on shows at home, with the help of this book they can make their dreams a reality! From juggling to tightrope walking, clowning to human pyramids DIY circus lab for kids is dedicated guide to both creating the props needed to put on your acts and the prompts for putting on a great show!
My son has just turned six and at any given opportunity will want to put on a show, he has loved picking out some bits to try from the book to hone his ‘acts’. The step by step instructions are easy to follow with plenty of accompanying photographs. Many of the props are easy and inexpensive to make, although I would say I didn’t have a lot of the materials required lying about the house – especially when he ‘just’ wanted to make the tightrope!
I’d say the book is aimed at slightly older children, but ‘Charlie the clown’ loved giving it a go all the same!”
DIY Circus Lab For Kids by Jackie Leigh Davis is available from many good book stores and online from Amazon.