This holiday was named for a clown character made famous by Emmett Kelly, who was born on this day in 1898. Weary Willie was a sad-face clown who carried around a sack-on-a-stick. (The character was inspired by hobos of the Depression era.) This clown would come out to sweep up the three rings after other circus acts, and he would try unsuccessfully to sweep up the pool of light of a spotlight.
To celebrate Weary Willie Day, we are urged to appreciate the art of clowning, paint our faces, learn to juggle, and wear big shoes or really big pants.
Celebrate Big Time!
Make your class or home into clown school for the day. Here are some ideas. Use face paint to create happy or sad clown faces. (See this website for some great ideas!) Don't forget to do some crafts.
Celebrate on a smaller scale.
Here are some clown faces to color and a clown snack to fix and eat.
Learn about famous clowns here.
Activity TV shows you how to draw a happy clown cartoon face.
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