The Cockerel and the Fox

Characters: (13) Three storytellers, the cockerel, the fox, four hens, four little foxes.

Storyteller 1: It was a lovely evening and all the hens were enjoying the sun.

(All the hens are moving around the stage. They are clucking and interacting with one another.)

Storyteller 2: They played with each other happily.

Storyteller 3: The cockerel watched over them carefully until it was time to go sleep.

Hen 1: (yawning) It is getting late.

Hen 2: (stretching) I think we should go to sleep.

Hen 3: Yes, I’m very tired.

Hen 4: Cockerel, we are going to roost but can you make sure the foxes don’t come near us during the night.

(All the hens put their heads under their wings and go to sleep.)

Cockerel: Goodnight and sleep tight. I will look after you.

Storyteller 1: The cockerel flew up to the highest tree so he could watch over the hens.

Storyteller 2: Not too far away there lived a family of foxes.

Storyteller 3: They were very hungry.

(The foxes come out to the centre of the stage.)

Little Fox 1: (rubbing is stomach) I’m so hungry.

Little Fox 2: We haven’t eaten all day.

Little Fox 3: We can’t go to bed hungry.

Little Fox 4: I want some chicken.

Fox : I have a cunning plan stay here and I will come back with some delicious hens for your tea.

Storyteller 1: So the fox went off to see the cockerel.

Storyteller 2: The cockerel was just about to go to sleep

Storyteller 3: when he saw the fox trotting towards him.

(The fox sees the hens and starts licking his lips. The hens are fast asleep.)

Fox: Cockerel, have you heard the wonderful news?

Cockerel: What wonderful news?

Fox: There is peace amongst all the animals in the forest. We have agreed never to chase or eat each other again. From now on we will all be great friends.

(The hens start to wake up and they huddle up together when they see the fox.)

Storyteller 1: The cockerel was suspicious.

Storyteller 2: He wasn’t sure whether he should believe the fox,

Fox: Come down here so we can hug and be friends. This is the happiest day of my life.

Cockerel: If this all the animals are at peace this is also the happiest day of my life as well.

(Cockerel suddenly stops and listens carefully.)

Cockerel: Fox, I hear some dogs in the distance. They must be coming here to celebrate with us.

Storyteller 3: Suddenly the fox starts to run..

Cockerel: Where are you going? We are all friends now.

Fox: The might not have heard the good news so I’m not going to stay and find out.

Hens: You are so clever.

Cockerel: I know and now you can sleep soundly.

(The cockerel and hens all go to sleep. The fox returns to the little foxes without any food and they start to cry.)

Storyteller 1: The lesson of the story is

Storyteller 2: Don’t always believe everything you hear.p

Storyteller 3: Even if you want it to be true.

Goldilocks and the three bears- A simple play for young children


Characters:(16) three storytellers, goldilocks, three bears, three bowls, three chairs, three beds.
Storyteller 1: Once upon a time there were three bears who lived in a little house in the woods.

Storyteller 2: There was Daddy Bear, there was Mummy bear and there was Baby bear.

Storyteller 3: One fine day they decided to go for a walk.

Daddy Bear: What a lovely sunny day it is today. Let’s all go for a woods.

Baby Bear: I’m hungry I want to eat my porridge.

Mummy Bear: The porridge is still hot it will be cool enough by the time we come back from our walk.

Storyteller 1: So, off they went on their walk.

Storyteller 2: Just then a little girl called Goldilocks was walking in the woods.

Storyteller 3: She was picking flowers for her grandma.

Storyteller 1: She stopped suddenly and saw a pretty little house.

Goldilocks: Oh, what a pretty little house.  I am feeling a little tired and hungry. I wonder if who ever lives here will let me rest for a few moments and give me something to eat (She knocks on the door)….. There is no answer….( she opens the door slowly and goes inside.)

Goldilocks: Oh look three bowls of porridge.

Bowl 1: Eat me! I have lots of salt on me.

(Goldilocks eats some but spits it out.)

Goldilocks:  Yuck! you are too salty.

Bowl 2: Eat me! I have lots of sugar on me.
(Goldilocks eats some but spits it out.)

Goldilocks: Yuck! you are too sugary.

Bowl 3:  Eat me! I’m just right 

(Goldilocks eats some and likes it and continue eating until all the porridge is gone.)

Goldilocks: Mmmmmm that was just right. Oh look three chairs I think I’ll sit down for a moment.

Chair 1: Sit on me. I’m very hard

(Goldilocks goes to sit down and jumps up straight away.)

Goldilocks: This chair is too hard.

Chair 2: Sit on me. I’m very soft

(Goldilocks goes to sit down and jumps up straight away.)

Goldilocks: This chair is too soft.

Chair 3:  Sit on me. I’m just right

(Goldilocks goes to sit down and makes herself comfortable.)

Goldilocks: This chair is just right. Oh dear I’ve broken  the chair.

Storyteller 2:  Goldilocks decided to walk upstairs.

Storyteller 3: She saw three beds.

Bed 1: Lie on me. I’m very hard.

(Goldilocks lies down  on the bed and suddenly jumps up.)

Goldilocks: This bed is too hard.

Bed 2:  Lie on me. I’m very soft.

(Goldilocks lies down  on the bed and suddenly jumps up.)
Goldilocks: This bed is too soft.

Bed 3: Lie on  me. I’m just right

(Goldilocks lies down on the bed and stays there.)

Goldilocks: This bed is just right.

Story teller 1: Goldilocks  fell fast asleep.

Story teller 2: After a while the three bears came back from their walk.

Story teller 3: They walked in to the house and Daddy  bear said……

Daddy bear: Who has been eating my porridge?

Storyteller 1: Mummy bear said……. 

Mummy bear: Who has been eating my porridge?

Storyteller 2: Baby bear said………

Baby bear: Who has been eating my porridge and look it is all gone

Story teller 3: They saw the chairs and Daddy  bear said……..

Daddy bear: Who has been sitting on my chair?

Storyteller 2:  Mummy  bear said……..

Mummy bear: Who has been sitting on my chair? 

Storyteller 2: Baby bear said.,,,,,,

Baby bear: Who has been sitting on my chair and look it’s broken.

Story teller 3: They walked upstairs and Daddy bear said…..

Daddy bear: Who has been sleeping in my bed?

Storyteller 1: Mummy bear said……

Mummy bear:  Who has been sleeping in my bed?

Storyteller 2: Baby bear said……

Baby bear: Who has been sleeping in my bed and look she is still there.

Storyteller3: Goldilocks woke and screamed.

Storyteller 2:  She  jumped out of bed and ran down the stairs and out of the house.

Storyteller 3: The three bears never saw her again

Storytellers: The  end

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.
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.

The Fox and the Cat – a five minute play.

Cast: (15) 3 storytellers, 4 foxes, 4 cats, 4 dogs.
Storyteller 1: One day the foxes and the cats were playing in the woods.
Storyteller 2: The foxes were boasting about how clever they were.
Fox 1: We are very clever.
Fox 2: We are ready for any situation we find ourselves.
Fox 3: We have lots of plans to choose from
Fox 4: if our enemies try to catch us.
Storyteller 3: The cats looked worried.
Cat 1: Oh dear, the foxes are very clever.
Cat 2: We have only one plan.
Cat 3: We might have only one plan but it always works for us.
Cat 4: It is better to have one plan instead of lots of plans to choose from.
(The foxes and the cats are playing with each other on the stage and the dogs come in walking slowly and sniffing.)
Storyteller 1: The foxes and the cats played happily with each other in the woods.
Storyteller 2: The dogs were hunting not so far from where the foxes and the cats were playing.
Storyteller 3: They were sniffing very hard.
Dog 1: (sniffing) Do you dogs smell something?
Dog 2: Yes I smell some foxes.
Dog 3: And I smell some cats.
Dog 4: Quick let’s get them.
(They are in background sniffing hard and barking. The foxes and cats suddenly stop playing together.)
Foxes: Do you hear something?
Cats: Dogs.
Cat 1: Come on, cats climb this tree.
(All the cats climb the tree)
Cat 2: Foxes, this is our plan.
Cat 3: You better choose one of your plans
Cat 4: and be quick the dogs are getting nearer.
Fox 1: Stay calm, foxes. We have lots of plans to choose from.
Fox 2: Quick, let’s run behind this bush.
Fox 3: No, we should run down this hole.
Fox 4: The dogs are getting closer. We need to choose.
Fox 1: Jump down this hole.
(They all jump down the hole.)
Fox 2: It is too big the dogs will be able to get in.
Fox 3: Let’s jump into the smaller hole.
(Dogs arrive at the hole.)
Dogs: Caught you!
(The dogs drag the foxes off the stage and the cats come down slowly and continue playing.)
Storyteller 1: The lesson of this story is
Storyteller 2: that it is a better to have a good plan
Storyteller 3: then lots of plans you can’t choose from.

More movement activities for children


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






Advanced  shapes












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:









The Goatherd and the Wild Goats -a 5 minute play for children based on an Aesop’s fable


Characters:(10) three storytellers, goatherd, three goats, three wild goats.
Storyteller 1: Once upon a time there lived a goatherd.
Storyteller 2: He spent all day taking care of his goats.
Storyteller 3: He would always feed them and make sure they were safe at night.
(Goatherd gathers his goats and mimes feeding them. He rubs them gently and looks at them lovingly.)
Goat 1: We are so lucky the goatherd is so kind to us.
Goat 2: We would be hungry if he didn’t feed us.
Goat 3: And cold if he didn’t give us shelter at night.
Storyteller 1: One day while they were out grazing on the hills.
Storyteller 2: They came across three wild goats
Storyteller 3: They were tall and beautiful but they looked very cold and hungry.
(Wild goats come on stage. They look sad. They are shivering and rubbing their stomachs.)
Wild Goat 1: We are very cold.
Wild Goat 2: And very hungry.
Wild Goat 3: It is nearly winter and if we stay here out on the hill we will die.
Goat 1: I know come with us.
Goat 1: The goatherd will take care of you.
Goat 1: He always gives us food and keeps us safe and warm at night.
Storyteller 1: The goatherd came back to gather his goats.He saw the tall and beautiful wild goats.
(Goatherd mime counting 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.)
Storyteller 2: He had never seen such beautiful goats before and he wanted to keep them.
Storyteller 3: So he came up with a clever plan.
Goatherd: I will feed the wild goats lots of delicious food and keep them warm and safe at night. That way they won’t want to leave and they will become part of the my flock.
Storyteller 1: The goatherd gave the wild goats delicious food.
(He mimes giving them the food and the wild goats look happy. His own goats don’t look pleased.)
Wild Goats: (eating the food) Yummy!
Storyteller 2: He gave his own goats very little.
Goats: We are so hungry (they lie on the floor as they are too weak to walk.)
Storyteller 3: Winter came to a close and spring arrived. One day the goatherd came to gather his flock.
Storyteller 1: But the wild goats were not there.
Storyteller 2: They had scampered up the hill. The goatherd saw them and ran after them.
Storyteller 3: When he found them he said….
Goatherd: Is this how you thank me for giving your delicious food and safe place to stay during the cold winter months. You must stay and be part of my flock.
Wild Goat 1: We will never join your flock.
Wild Goat 2: We saw how you treated our friends.
Wild Goat 3: You would treat us the same if some one better came along.
Storyteller 1: The goatherd went back to the goats but they were no longer there.
Storyteller 2: He was sad and began to cry.
Storyteller 3: He wished he had treated them better.
Storytellers: It is not wise to treat your friends badly for the sake of new ones.

The Fox who lost his tail


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Characters: (13) three storytellers, fox who lost his tail, the wise old fox, five foxes, rabbit, two hunters.
Storyteller 1: One day there was a fox who was taking a stroll in the forest.
Storyteller 2: that very same day there were hunters hunting in the forest.
Storyteller 3: They were hoping to catch something nice and juicy to eat.
Hunter 1: This looks like a good spot for a trap.
Hunter 2: Let’s put it here and with some luck we might catch something nice for our tea.
Storyteller 1: The hunters set their trap and off they went on their merry way.
Storyteller 2: Along came the fox. He was enjoying his walk.
Fox: What a lovely sunny day for a relaxing stroll in the forest.
Storyteller 1: Suddenly his tail got caught in the trap.
Fox: Oh dear. I’m stuck.
Storyteller 2: He pulled and pulled until finally he was free.
Fox: At last I’m free but look I’ve lost my tail (he starts to cry).
(Rabbit comes hopping along.)
Rabbit: Why are you crying?
Fox: I got caught in this trap and look I lost my tail. (He shows him). All the other foxes will laugh at me.
Rabbit: I’ve an idea. Tell the other foxes that you are happy you have lost your tail and you think you look so much better without it.
Fox: (stops crying) What a great idea.
Storyteller 3: The rabbit left delighted he could help.
Storyteller 1: The next day the fox called a meeting with all the other foxes.
Fox: Roll up, roll up, I have some important news to share with you.
Fox 1: Look at him. He has no tail.
Fox 2: What happened to it?
Fox 3: Did you not hear? He got caught in a trap and lost it.
Fox: I’m here today to tell you that you don’t need your tails.
Fox 4: Why ever not?
Fox: When dogs chase you they grab your tails first. If we didn’t have them then it would be much harder for them to catch us.
Fox 5: That is very true.
All foxes: (nods heads in agreement.)
Fox: When you want to sit down to talk to your friends it gets in the way.
All foxes: Good point.
Wise old fox: You make a very good argument but may I ask you a questions. If you had not lost your tail would you be standing here today telling us to cut ours off.
Fox: (hangs his head in shame) Ummm no.
Storyteller 1: The fox hung his head in shame.
Storyteller 2: He left the forest for good.
Storyteller 3: The lesson of the story is misery loves company.



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