I thought of this little circus unicycle rider awhile back. It’s easy to make, but requires pretty good motor control to wheel around, which is great for kids. If you want to try it out, watch the one minute video to see how to make them. There’s also a template below, but I encourage you and your kids to try drawing your own figures as well – circus bear, monsters, bat man….? Have fun!
Template: Click on the image below, then print.
UPDATE: Someone noticed that the template above was better for left-handers. Whoops! Below is a right-hand version.
Another great idea! If the wheel is colored with multi colors, kids can enjoy the changes in colors while it’s spinning. Thanks a lot!
It’s great, Joel! I love the music, too. What’s that instrument you played, Joel?
The instrument is a kalimba. I borrowed it from my kids toy box. ha.
Gorgeous!!! We have to make these… have to, have to , have to!!! Love them!!! Hope you are having a fun weekend!!!
Génial! Très simple à réaliser mais super sympa à faire avec les enfants! Merci.
Awesome! Very easy to make and funny for children! Thanks (and excuse my poor english, please ^^)
What a cute idea!
And to create a whole circus! Thank you. Another idea would be Zoo animals (we love the Zoo / animals).
I already made these animals which would probably work pretty well!
Geez, thanks again for the great projects that you so generously share! I am an elementary school librarian & we often make your projects in library class. There is always a connection!
That’s great! Glad you’re making use of the projects! Feel free to post any photos of the library crafts on the facebook page if you’d like! https://www.facebook.com/madebyjoel
how fun! Thanks for sharing the idea :)
May I borrow one of your photos to link back to this post on the Dutch language inspiration blog ‘deze is ook leuk’?
kind regards, Dymphie
Yes, of course. Go ahead! Thanks!
Joel, these are some next level, paper clip toys. Love them! We’re still rocking on the paper clip standup toys you did a while back. We’ve adapted them into hooks as well so that humpty can sit (and fall) on the wall of a shoebox. Will have to give these a go on the weekend. Thanks.
Thanks Pete! And that humpty dumpty toy sounds awesome! You’ll have to snap an instagram of that if you get a chance!
I don’t know which I enjoyed more, the project or the kalimba! Great job playing a tune on that!
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i am doing art outreach with my son’s kindergarten class next week. we are learning all about circus art and this will be the perfect project for them to do after we study the prints! thank you!!!!
Awesome! Super cute Zoo animals. Love that. My son’s first birthday was at the Houston Zoo.
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My son and I really love this! Thank you!!!
Really great idea! I love this :)
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this is beyond cute! LOVE! have all the supplies and will make sure to pull this project out of my back pocket the next rainy day my 5 year old and I are stuck inside! Thank you :)
How can I put this on pinterest?
Hi, thanks Ali. Do you have a Pinterest account? If not, you’ll need to get one. (It’s free.) Then when you get signed up, they tell you how to pin things. I use the little bookmarklet thing, so I just click that and it shows all of the photos on the page, then you select the one you want to pin.
Realy funny ! Thanks a lot for this great idea !
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You make my heart happy! I’ll be doing this with my daughters play group tomorrow, thanks!
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I love your circus toys. It will be a little present for by boys today. I just realise that the template is made for left-handed, hi hi. Thanks for your so nice website and book. Thuy-Lan (Paris)
Ha, you’re right! I’ll have to create a mirror image and post it for the right-handers.
OK, I just posted a right-hand version! (See above.) Thanks for noticing that Thuy-Lan!
Hi, I’m here for the first time and I’m totally in love with your toys! Wow! Great job! :))
… and if you do, you might also get a kick out of the construction of a bird, explained here by my wonderful daughter:
That’s a fantastic rocking bird design! What a cool idea, and also very enthusiastically explained by your daughter. So great!
And the other day she brought home this method for making a tree from a paper bag:
I love her sincerity in this one :)
Really love your site. I tried making this rider and realized that I have problem with making the figurine to stand upright. I finally figured out that I can simply use a blu-tack between the figurine and the paper clip. Just want to share my experience if any of you have the same problem. :)
Great idea Christina, thanks for sharing!
Just this morning I came across an article which referred to Alexander Calder’s circus movie. I found it on youtube and thought it would be great to try to replicate some of the puppets and animals and went to your blog for inspiration and found the unicyclist and catapult. I thought perhaps you might have a look at the movie and use it as inspiration to recreate some of the characters and animals with your amazing creativity. Thank you by the way for your blog which has really been an inspiration. Best, Jean
Hi Jean. Yes, I’m a VERY big Calder fan! And I love his circus toys. Always very inspiring!
Glad you found my site!
so gonna bookmark this!love ur art a lottt..anyway,i’m frm malaysia..greetings from this side of the globe :))
Cool, thanks maini!
this is a fantastic idea
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I just cannot tell you enough how much I adore EVERYTHING you make! Just LOVE it all! I pinned like crazy! Wow! Thanks SO much! The kids will have so much fun with all this amazing stuff–and just in time for summer, too! Lucky us!
Wow, thanks Angelina! Too kind! Really glad you found my site. Hope your kids have fun!
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