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Se7en’s Circus in Suitcase… Celebrating Alexander Calder…

July 24th, 2012 · 17 Comments

You know how we like to celebrate… and the great artist Alexander Calder had a birthday recently. Since most of our kids have never ever been to a circus we made ourselves one, in a suitcase… Just like Alexander Calder’s.


We started with some face decor… because some of us like to get into the spirit of things!!!


Then we read a book – don’t we always… and this is a fabulous book… You can read it online at WeGiveBooks.

Then we hauled out heaps of equipment…

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And wires and nails and buttons and beads and real tools… because they are such fun…


And then we got to work and before we knew it we had a lion:


And an orchestra…


A clown…

And some dancing girls…

And elephant…

And a strong man…


And with a few streamers and sparklers, mini bunting and balloons…


We were ready for a dramatic performance, that easily fitted into a suitcase… One of those projects that are all about the process!!! We spent an entire morning making bits and pieces for our circus and I can see our suitcase is going to be packed and re-packed…


Meanwhile if you are looking for inspiration then take a look at the video of Calder’s Circus…

And if you are looking to celebrate then look no further… there is always time for a circus party in se7en steps.

With some circus pinata’s:


A couple of clown faces…


And a paper circus…


And that’s it… Heaps of circus fun!!!

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