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Circus Letter Mats

Clowns and popcorn and cotton candy… oh, my! Have fun at learning the ABC’s the Big Top with these Circus Letter Mats!

In this low-prep, sensory activity, your kids will form circus-themed things out of play dough.

They will also work on letter recognition and formation as they practice tracing capital and lowercase letters.

circus literacy activities

Playing with play dough offers many developmental benefits for your young learners.

It helps them improve fine motor skills like dexterity and hand-eye coordination.

These skills are important for your kids to develop as they are learning to read and write.

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Getting Ready To Use The Circus Alphabet Mats:

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What’s Included:

  • 6 Circus Letter Mats

The circus play dough pictures include a tent, clown, popcorn, cotton candy, balloon, and ticket. 

What’s Else Is Needed:

  • White Card Stock or Copy Paper
  • Laminator
  • Laminating Pouches
  • Play Dough
  • Dry Erase Marker

To prepare this letter recognition activity, fill out the form below. Next, download and print the mats.

Then, laminate the mats or put them in reusable dry erase pockets.

fine motor skills

If you don’t want to use store-bought play dough, try making our Kool-Aid Play Dough.

How To Use The Carnival Letter Mats:

To use this sensory play activity, your kids will pick a play dough and letter mat.

fine motor activity

Next, they will use play dough to make the circus-themed play dough picture. 

Letter tracing activity

Your students will then trace the letters that the picture begins with and the word. 

Letter formation activity

Add these play dough and letter mats to your morning tubs or literacy centers for an engaging and entertaining independent activity!

Letter recognition activity

These Circus Letter Mats are a fun way for kids to letter formation, fine motor skills, and much more!

More Circus Literacy Activities:

Pair these circus-themed play dough and letters with these pictures books.

The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen

Olivia Saves the Circus by Ian Falconer

If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don’t! by Elise Parsley

If you are looking for more circus-themed activities, try these resources.

Circus Alphabet Sensory Bin

Clown Letter Recognition Activity

C if for Clown Printable from Homeschool Preschool

You May Also Like These Alphabet Activities:

Are you looking for more fun, hands-on alphabet activities for your students to practice letter identification and formation?

This bundle of interactive letter activities will engage and entertain your preschoolers as they are learning the ABC’s!

Click on the link or picture to learn more about all the different resources included in this bundle!

Download The Circus Letter Mats:

Fill out the form below to get the free printable Circus Letter Mats for your preschoolers and kindergarteners!


Kayla F.

Tuesday 22nd of June 2021

This Circus download is not working. It directs me to an ocean card printable.

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Sunday 27th of June 2021

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