Aim. To help children understand the concept of art, generally, and the art of living, in particular. To encourage them to invent and perform their own skills/tricks to make themselves, and others, laugh. To introduce the idea of compassion. Collect dress ups, some toys for tricks and musical instruments.
The parent/teacher, enters wearing a bowler hat and a red nose to make the children laugh with silly antics. Have a brief discussion about clowns.
How does the clown make people laugh?
How do we feel when we watch a clown?
Can we do tricks such as drawing a picture of ourself, juggling balls, making music with homemade instruments, singing, standing on one leg, somersaulting, or telling jokes to make ourselves and others laugh?
The children are divided into twos and threes to think up tricks to make them happy, standing on one leg, etc. They practise.
Ask them “Is it important to have fun in our life?” Perhaps the children can talk about a clown going into hospitals to give sick children a moment of joy!
Adapted with permission from Mastering the Art of Living and Becoming a Citizen of the World – It Isn’t Something that Just Happens, by Tryntsje de Groot and Emma Klarenbeek of the Dutch Centre for Humanist Ethical Education, 2002, P.O. Box 85475, 3508 AL Utrecht, The Netherlands.