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Movement Start: Over 100 movement activities and stories for children available now!

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‘Movement Start’ is a collection of movement activities, including games, action poems and stories, suitable for children between the ages of 3 and 8. It can be used in Early Years’ settings or in primary schools. This book is also suitable for people working with children in any venue where movement is used such as community groups, dance groups, drama classes, gymnastic clubs and so on.
The book is accessible and easy to follow. It is divided into two parts Movement Activities and Movement Stories. Each section provides educators/facilitators/leaders with a variety of creative and imaginative ideas for stimulating movement activities in many different settings.

Part One: Movement Activities. There are eight different categories in this section. Each category, for example warm-up games states the main benefit of the activity it features. However, all of the activities in this book have more than one benefit. The games are clearly set out and the appropriate age group and minimum amount of children needed to participate are listed for each one. The other benefits of playing the game are also stated and detailed instructions are provided, with suggested extension for some of the games.

Part Two: Movement stories are an enjoyable way for children to explore different ways of moving. The stories allow the children to physically express themselves with freedom and imagination. In addition, the movement stories in this book promote key skills, such as listening, teamwork, coordination, balance, strength, flexibility and memory. The following movement stories can be used with children as young as three years old. Each story in this section is clearly laid out. There is an introduction and closure activity for each story and the resources needed are listed at the beginning.

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Movement Story – The Tortoise and the Hare

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Movement Story
The Tortoise and the Hare

Resources needed: Clear space and a copy of the story below.
Introduction: Ask the children do they know the story of the tortoise and the hare. Tell them you are going to tell them the story but instead of just sitting and listening they are going to participate in the story. Tell them that they are going to listen out for the following words and they have to do the action associated with that word when they hear it in the story. The teacher should explain any words that the children might not understand such as boastful – boast is telling everyone how good you are at everything. The teacher should go through the different words and their movement. If there are too many words for the age group the teacher can omit some of them. Once the teacher has gone through the words and the actions, she then shouts out words randomly to see if everyone knows the action. The children find their own space in the room so they can move freely and then the story can begin.

Boast/boastful/boasting – stand up straight and puff out chest
Woods – children make themselves into trees.
Animals – each child choose a different animal found in the woods and move like that animal.
Hare – make bunny ears with your hands.
Fast – children move as fast as they can
Run/ran – run on the spot
Tortoise – children bend over as if they have something heavy on their back.
Slow/slowly – children move in slow motion around the room.

Once upon a time there was a very boastful hare who lived in a woods with lots of other animals. He was always boasting about how fast he could run. He boasted “I’m the fastest animal in the woods. No one can run as fast as me.” The other animals were tired of listening to him. One day the tortoise said to the hareHare, you are so boastful. I challenge you to race.” Hare laughed and said “Tortoise, you will never beat me. You are too slow and steady.” They decided whoever got to the other side of the woods the fastest was the winner. All the other animals in the woods came to watch the race. The hare ran as fast as he could through the woods. After a while he thought to himself “I’m so fast that slow tortoise will never beat me. I think I will take a quick nap.” Soon, he fell asleep. The tortoise walked slowly through the woods. He passed the sleeping hare. The animals watched the tortoise near the finishing line. The animals cheered loudly. The hare woke up and ran as fast as he could through the woods to the finishing line but it was too late. The slow tortoise had won the race. All the animals in the wood congratulated the tortoise. The hare had to remind himself that he shouldn’t boast about his fast pace because slow and steady won the race.

Closure: Do you think the hare was boastful after the race? Why not? What lesson did we learn from the story? Now I want you to be your chosen animal again. Everyone line up we are going to have a race but you must move in slow motion.

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Classics on Stage Free on Amazon from the 25th to 29th of January

 

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Classics on Stage is a collection of ten plays adapted from popular and cherished works of children’s literature. This is a unique collection of scripts that will entertain and educate readers. The plays are written with a sense of fun, which will engage and delight children of all ages. The plays in the collection are:
The Wizard of Oz
Alice in Wonderland
How the Leopard Got His Spots
How the Elephant Got His Trunk
The Happy Prince
The Selfish Giant
The Canterville Ghost
Peter Pan
Pinocchio
Around the World in Eighty Days

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The Wizard of OZ – A Play

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The Wizard of Oz

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Characters: Dorothy, Uncle Henry, Auntie Em, Toto, Good Witch of the North, Munchkins, Scarecrow, Tinman, Lion, Wicked Witch of the West, Chief of the Flying Monkeys, Flying Monkeys, Emerald City Guard, the Wizard of Oz.

Scene One: Kansas
(Curtains open, Uncle Henry is in the farm yard chopping wood).
Dorothy: (walks on stage) Hello, Uncle Henry. What are you doing?
Uncle Henry: I’m chopping wood for the fire so we can be nice and warm this evening. Where have you being?
Dorothy: We went to the woods for a walk and picked some flowers for Auntie Em and had a paddle in the stream.
Uncle Henry: Who were you with?
Dorothy: Why Toto of course! Toto, Toto come here boy. (A little black dog runs in.)
Uncle Henry: I wish all the animals on the farm loved me as much as that dog loves you.
Dorothy: I love him too.
Uncle Henry: I know you do. (He continues chopping the wood and Dorothy and Toto play with each other.)
(Auntie Em walks on stage.)
Auntie Em: Oh Henry, I hope you have put all the animals away for the night. It looks like a big storm is coming.
(They all look anxiously towards the sky and the light darkens.)
Uncle Henry: Dorothy, come and help me put the animals away and Em, you get us some food and water. We will need it because the storm looks like it might turn in to a cyclone, so it’s a good idea that we spend the night in the cellar.
(They all leave the stage. Lights get dark, sound of wind and thunder.)
(Dorothy, Henry and Toto all come back on the stage.)
Henry: Everything is locked up for the night. The cyclone is coming, so we better join Auntie Em in the cellar. (Henry runs off the stage, but then there is a sudden crash of thunder and Toto gets scared and runs the opposite way. Dorothy runs after him. The cyclone has come and the lights flicker on and off. Dorothy finally finds Toto and they are thrown around the room until eventually Dorothy hits her head and is thrown to the floor. The sound continues on for a while and then there is a crash and everything is in darkness.)
(Curtains close)

Scene 2: Munchkin Land
(The Munchkins come in from the back of the theatre. They will improvise and interact with the audience. They will tell the audience about the Wicked Witch of the East who treats them like slaves and her sister the Wicked Witch of the West.) (Dorothy wakes up and a bird is singing and the sky is clear and blue.)
Dorothy: Uncle Henry, Auntie Em where are you?
(She gets up slowly and walks out and sees some Munchkins and the Good Witch. They all bow when they see Dorothy, but the Munchkins run away and hide.)
Good Witch: You are most welcome to Munchkin Land. (All the Munchkins start giggling but Dorothy can’t see them.)
Dorothy: Why thank you, everybody; you are most kind.
Good Witch: No, thank you so much for killing the Wicked Witch of the East. Now all the Munchkins are free from her power.
Dorothy: I think there must be some mistake. I didn’t kill anyone.
Good Witch: (She points to the house) Well, your house did.
Dorothy: Oh dear, I didn’t mean to kill her.
Good Witch: You don’t understand; it is a good thing because now the Munchkins are free from her power.
Dorothy: Who are the Munchkins?
Good Witch: They are the people that live in the land of the East. They were the Wicked Witch of the East’s slaves. And now they are free. Munchkins, come out, come out where ever you are and meet your saviour.
(Munchkins come out from where they are hiding and they go and examine the dead witch.)
Munchkin 1: She is well and truly dead.
Munchkin 2: There is nothing left of her, except her ruby slippers.
Munchkin 3: Well done, Dorothy, you are new queen of Munchkin Land.
(They all sing, “Ding dong the witch is dead,” and do a dance.)
Dorothy: But I want to go home to my farm in Kansas. I don’t want to be the queen of this place. (She starts to cry.)
Good Witch: Well Dorothy, you are not in Kansas anymore. (She comforts her.)
Dorothy: But how do I get home to Uncle Henry and Auntie Em and the farm?
Good Witch: You must go to the Emerald City and ask the great and powerful Oz to help you.
Dorothy: Who?
Good Witch: He is a wonderful wizard who knows everything. He will help you.
Dorothy: But how do I get to Oz?
Good Witch: You must walk. It is a very long journey through a land that is sometimes pleasant and friendly but sometimes very dark and terribly scary. But here, take the Wicked Witch’s ruby slippers. They will keep you safe. All you need to do is follow this yellow brick road.
(They all sing, “We are off to see the wizard.” They all leave the stage, and there is darkness. Dorothy walks on stage and there is a scarecrow on the stage. She walks past him but the scarecrow winks at her and she returns and looks at him and then thinks she has just imagined it so she walks on.)

Scene 3: The Yellow Brick Road
Scarecrow: Hello there!
Dorothy: (Stops walking.) Did you speak?
Scarecrow: Yes I did. Can you help get me down from this perch? My arms are very stiff.
(Dorothy helps him get down.)
Scarecrow: That’s much better. Thank you. What’s your name?
Dorothy: Dorothy
Scarecrow: That’s a nice name, Where are going, Dorothy?
Dorothy: I’m going to the Emerald City to ask the wizard how to get home to the farm and to Uncle Henry and Auntie Em.
Scarecrow: Where is the Emerald City?
Dorothy: I don’t know (pauses); I thought you would know.
Scarecrow: I don’t know anything because I don’t have a brain. (Pauses.) I know, if I come to the Emerald City with you, do you think the wizard will give me a brain?
Dorothy: I don’t see why not. Come with me. But we must find the yellow brick road.
Scarecrow: What’s a yellow brick road?
Dorothy: A road made with yellow bricks.
Scarecrow: Look, there it is. (He points to the yellow brick road.)Oh Dorothy, you are so clever.
(They sing, “We are off to see the wizard.” They go off stage. When they come on stage again, there is a tin man.)
Dorothy: I’m so tired, Scarecrow. I must rest.
Scarecrow: We can rest here.
(They both sit down and Dorothy starts to sleep. There is a loud groan and it startles Scarecrow.)
Scarecrow: What’s that? Dorothy, wake up!
(Dorothy wakes up. There is a loud groan again.)
Dorothy: What’s that?

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Fairytale On Stage-Free on Amazon, B&N, Kobo, IBooks

imageThis 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

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