Fairy Tales on Stage – A collection of children’s plays based on well-known fairytales! Free from the 3 -7 July

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This book is a collection of plays that have been adapted from well-known fairy tales. They can be used as performance plays, readers theatre or just used to promote reading in groups. Each play is between five and ten minutes long. The plays can be adapted to suit the various needs of the group. The cast list is very flexible – more characters can be added. Characters can be changed or omitted. In addition, the teacher/group leader can assume the role of the storyteller if the children are unable to read or not at the reading level required. Also included in this book is a variety of drama activities. These activities are designed to be fun and enjoyable as well as promoting concentration, movement, character development and creativity.

The plays in the collection are:
Little Red Riding Hood
Goldilocks
The Three Little Pigs
The Elves and the Shoemaker
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
The Ugly Duckling
The Lazy Cow
The Talking Tree
Humpty Dumpty
The Magic Porridge Pot
The Stone Soup
The Pied Piper of Hamelin
The Little Red Hen
The Gingerbread Man
The Enormous Turnip
Chicken Licken

Aesop’s fables – A collection of plays for Children based on Aesop’s fables – New book available.

Free ebook!   This book is a collection of plays that have been adapted from Aesop’s most famous fables. They can be used as performance plays, readers theatre or just used to promote reading in groups. Each play is between five and ten minutes long. The plays can be adapted to suit the various needs of the group. The cast list is very flexible – more characters can be added. Characters can be changed or omitted. In addition, the teacher/group leader can assume the role of the storyteller if the children are unable to read or not at the reading level required. Also included in this book is a variety of drama activities. These activities are designed to be fun and enjoyable as well as promoting group cohesion, character development and creativity. The plays in the collection are:  The Lion and the Mouse  The Ants and the Grasshopper  The Hare and the Tortoise  The Boy Who Cried Wolf  The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse  Belling the Cat  The Miller, his Son and the Donkey  The Fox and the Crow  The Cockerel and the Fox  The Goatherd and the Wild Goats  The North Wind and the Sun  The Fox and the Cat  The Fox that lost his tail  Buy on Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk 

Anti Bullying Drama workshop for primary children based on the fable “The Lion and the Clever Rabbit”

  
The following is a Drama workshop to conduct with children in primary or elementary school. It is a useful workshop if you want to focus on the issue of bullying and isolation.  It is based on the fable from the Panchatantra called “The Lion and the Clever Rabbit”. Here is a link to a version on you tube.

http://youtu.be/JT94EQK_bko
Once the teacher has told the story or watched the video ask the children to get into groups of four.

Physical warm up: In each group there is a monkey, an elephant, a parrot and a rabbit. Get the children to move around the room and sound like their different animals. Get them to find the animal that is like them from the other groups and interact and play with them. The teacher gives a loud roar and the animals are frightened and they freeze.

Teacher in role: The teacher in role as the Lion roars at them. She says “I’m very hungry and I’m going to eat all the animals in the jungle one by one.”

Still Image: In their animal groups the children make a still image of how they feel when they think the Lion is coming to get catch them and eat them.

Thought tracking: Once all groups are in the still image then the teacher out of role goes and touches them on the shoulder. Each animal has to say how they feel at that moment. 

Conscience alley: Once the children are out of their still image they make two lines facing each other. The teacher in role as the the Lion walks in between the line as the children speak out as his conscience. The children in the line on the left hand should speak out that it is wrong to scare and eat the other animals  and the children on the right hand side should speak out saying that he is right to scare and the eat the animals. Examples: The left  side could say “the animals are scared”, “what about their families?”,“they want to stay in the jungle and play with their friends”.The right side could say: “none of the other animals like you”, “you are hungry and you need to eat”, “you have no friends so you don’t care what they think of you”. 

Hot seating: The teacher in role as the Lion sits in the hot seat. The children who are being themselves ask the Lion why he is behaving this way. Why does he want to eat all the animals in the jungle? Why is he horrible and mean to the other animals?

Group discussion: Get the children to get into role as their original animals. Tell them that they are going to change the ending of the story because  the  way the Clever Rabbit treated   the Lion was as bad as how the Lion treated the other animals. They must come up with a more positive ending.

Group improvisation: The groups all improvise their endings in front of the other groups. The teacher takes on the role as the Lion in each group.

Role on the wall: Put two outlines of a Lion on the wall. Let the children choose words that describes the Lion before the rabbit tricked him  and one for after  the animals rescued him. Fill in the outlines with the children’s words. 

Closure|relaxation activity: Sleeping Lions – get the children to lie still on the floor and pretend to be a sleep. If they move then they are out and have to wake up with a loud  roar.

More movement activities for children

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Game: String shapes

Age: 4 years +

Minimum number of participants: 4

Resources: Clear space, a long piece for each group of four, blindfolds (optional).Other Benefits: This can practice imagination, shapes and group cohesion.

Instructions: Divide the group into smaller groups of 4. Give each group a long piece of string. Each member of the group are blindfolded or they close their eyes tightly. The teacher calls out a shape such as square. Each group has to try to work together to make that shape with the string. The teacher gives them 30 seconds to complete. When the 30 seconds are up then the groups stop and open their eyes. The teacher decides which group has made the best shape square with their string and awards them a point. The group at the end with the most points are the winner.

Shape suggestions:

Basic shapes

Circle

Square

Rectangle

Triangle

Oval

Advanced  shapes

Trapezoid

Parallelogram

Pentagon

Hexagon

Octagon

Diamond

Star

Heart

Arrow

Crescent

Cube

Game: 1, 2, 3, clap

Age: 3 years +

Minimum number of participants: 4

Resources: Clear space

Other Benefits: This is also a very good coordination and helps promote listening skills.

Instructions: Everyone stands in the circle. Each child counts 1, 2, 3, clap 5, 6, 7, clap. Every fourth number the child must clap and not say the number. So number 4, 8, 12, 16, and 20 all must clap. Then the second round the children say 1, 2, bend, clap, 5, 6, bend, clap. So number 3, 6, 9, 12, and 15 all must bend. On the third round they go 1, jump, bend, clap, 5, jump, bend, clap. The fourth round they say hop, jump, bend, and clap.

Game: Mexican move

Age: 4

Minimum number of participants: 10

Resources: Clear space

Other Benefits: This activity helps the children to focus the mind. Helps with reflects.

Instructions: Children all start in a circle. The send a clap around the circle. Each child has to clap one after the other really quickly. The object is to get the clap around the circle as fast as possible. The teacher can time it. They can change the clap to a hop or a bend or any other types of movements. They time each round and see which movement they get around the fastest.

List of movements:

Bend

Jump

Hop

Tiptoe

Roll

Skip

Slash

Carve.

Movement and Warm Up Game

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Game: Imagine you are……

Age: 3 years +

Minimum number of participants: 2

Resources: Clear space.

Other Benefits: This game also stimulates the players imagination and creativity.

Instructions: This game helps players do traditional stretches in a creative and fun way. These stretches can be done individually or in pairs.

Imagine you are a whisk Get the players to put their hands over their and join their hands together and move them in around large circle. First the move them clockwise and when they get comfortable get them to do it anticlockwise. Imagine you are an inchworm Get the players to bend down and put their hands on the ground. Then get them to walk their hands out in front of them until their are supporting their body weight. They get into a push up position. Walk feet up to hands. Continue walking hand outs and feet up to hands around the room. Make sure that they have their own space and don’t bump into one another.

Imagine you are a car wiper Get the players to lie on the ground. When they are comfortable get them to put their legs in the air. Then slowly move both legs from one side to another..

Imagine you are a cat stretching Hands and feet are on the floor, arch back high in the air and stretch. Imagine you are a giant Get the players to take a big step and lunge on each step. Imagine you are a marching soldier Get the players to swing arms and bring legs up to the chest on each step.

Imagine you are a leaping frog Get the players to squat down. They put their hands between their knees and jump around the space.

Imagine you are a basket

Imagine you are a crab. The teacher can use their own stretches but get the players to use their imagination by getting them to imagine they are an object or animal.

The Sun and the North Wind

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Characters (9): Three storytellers, rain, fog, snow, mist, cloud, man.

Storyteller 1: One day all the different types of weather were up in the sky.
(All the weathers are moving and interacting with one another on the stage then the wind enters.)
Storyteller 2: The wind started to boast to all the other types of weather that he was by far the most powerful of all weathers.
Wind: I’m the strongest weather here and everyone knows it.
Rain: Wind, you are always boasting how strong and powerful you are.
Snow: It is all we ever hear from you.
Fog: Why don’t you just prove it once and for all.
Mist: I know let’s have a contest to see who is the most powerful weather.
Wind: I will take any of you on and blow any of you away.
Cloud: Do you see that man wearing a coat over there?
(Man walks on stage.)
All: Yes.
Cloud: Whoever can make him part with his coat is the most powerful. (All the weathers look unsure except for the wind).
Storyteller 3: All the weathers seemed unsure that they could beat the wind.

If you wished to read the rest of this play click on the picture below.

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The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse – A Ten Minute Play

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Characters: Town Mouse, Country Mouse, Country Mouse’s wife, three tree, three flowers, hedgehog, squirrel, worm, mother, father, child, cat, dog.
(Town Mouse is sitting on the stage. He is looking very bored.)
Storyteller 1: Once upon a time there was mouse called Town Mouse.
Storyteller 2: One day he was bored and he decided to go visit his friend Country Mouse.
(Town Mouse is in the centre of the stage packing his bag. He puts some cheese in it and then he starts to walk.)
Storyteller 3: Country Mouse was so happy to see him.
(Country Mouse and his wife walk on stage and give Town Mouse a big hug.)
Country Mouse: I’m so happy to see you. Welcome to the country.
Country Mouse’s Wife: You have had such a long journey, you must be hungry. Come sit down and enjoy the feast I made for you.
(They sit on the ground and the wife gives him some country food.)
Storyteller 1: Town Mouse didn’t like the food you get in the country.
Storyteller 2: It was far too plain for him.
(Town Mouse is sitting down, he eats the food but spits it out and makes a face.)
Country Mouse: I must show you around the beautiful countryside.
(The trees and flowers are scattered around the stage.)
Country Mouse: This is my friend the Town Mouse. He has come to visit the country side.
To read the rest of the play click on the image below.IMG_0019

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