STEAM Art Project for Elementary School
Balancing Circus Performers can be used in a variety of settings and as a complement to lessons in art and science. Use them in your elementary classroom or library to spark discussions about balance, bilateral symmetry and center of gravity.
Start by balancing a completed performer on your finger. Have the kids guess how it’s able to balance and sway on your finger without falling off. You can let one or two kids touch it gently so they can feel the weight of the pennies hidden inside.
Balancing Circus Performers Instructions
Here’s how to make one:
- Cut carefully around both copies of the performer.
- Color both sides with markers.
- Lay one figure face down. Tape a penny onto each hand.
- Put the second cut-out figure on top, so it covers the pennies
- Tape around the sandwiched copies so you don’t have any buckling or big gaps.
- Test how well your figure balances.
The Acrobats can balance on one point because the weight and location of the pennies creates a low center of gravity. The figures have bilateral symmetry which helps them balance. Let your child experiment with where they can balance the circus performer. Our favorite part of this project, is when the kids experiment with where they can balance the circus performer. Before you know it, all of them will have a balancing circus performers on their noses!
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