Posted in Drama for children

The Little Red Hen – a five minute play for young children

image

Characters: Six storytellers, the Little Red Hen, dog 1, dogs, cat 1, cats, goose 1, geese, duck 1, ducks (you can have as many dogs, cats, ducks and geese as you want), farmer and miller.

(Stage Directions: Storytellers are on the left-side of the stage and the animals are all in a semi-circle in the centre of the stage.)

Storyteller 1: Once upon a time there was a little red hen that lived on a farm.

Storyteller 2: She was always busy! (She moves around the stage looking busy.)

Storyteller 3: She spent all morning laying eggs for the farmer. (The Little Red Hen bends down and lays eggs. Balloons can be used for the eggs.)

Farmer: Chick Chicken! Please lay an egg for my tea. (The Farmer walks to the centre stage and talks to the Little Red Hen.)

All Sing: Chick, Chick, Chick, Chicken,

Chick, chick, chick, chick, chicken,

Lay a little egg for me!

Chick, chick, chick, chick, chicken,

I want one for my tea!

I haven’t had an egg since Easter

And now it’s half past three!

So chick, chick, chick, chick, chicken

Lay a little egg for me!

Storyteller 4: After the Little Red Hen laid her egg…..

Storyteller 5: …..She found a grain of wheat.

Storyteller 6: She wanted to plant it in a field.

Red Hen: I think I’ll ask my animal friends to help me. (She moves towards the dogs.) Dogs, Dogs! Will you help me plant the wheat?

Dogs: Oh no, we will not help you. We are too busy burying our bones. (They all make burying actions.)

Dog 1: Get the ducks to help you. (They all point to the ducks.)

Red Hen: Ducks, Ducks! Will you help me plant the wheat? (Little Red Hen moves towards the ducks.)

Ducks: Oh no, we will not help you. We are too busy swimming. (They all make swimming actions.)

Duck 1: Get the geese to help you. (All the ducks point to the geese.)

Red Hen: Geese, Geese! Will you help me plant the wheat? (She moves towards the geese.)

Geese: Oh no, we will not help you. We are too busy sunbathing. (All the geese are lying on the floor enjoying the sun and rubbing lotion on themselves.)

Goose 1: Get the cats to help you. (All geese point towards the cats.)

Red Hen: Cats, Cats! Will you help me plant the wheat?

Cats: Oh no, we will not help you. We are too busy licking our paws. (Cats lick their paws.)

Cat 1: Plant it yourself.

Storyteller 6: No one would help the little, red hen so she planted it herself. (Red Hen, centre stage, mimes planting the wheat.)

Storyteller 1: The sun and the rain helped the wheat to grow.

Storyteller 2: Soon the wheat was tall and yellow and needed to be cut.

Red Hen: I think I’ll ask my animal friends to help me. Dogs, Dogs! Will you help me cut the wheat? (She moves towards the dogs.)

Dogs: Oh no, we will not help you. We are too busy burying our bones. (The dogs mime burying their bones.)

Dog 1: Get the ducks to help you. (Dogs point at the ducks.)

Red Hen: Ducks, Ducks! Will you help me cut the wheat?

Ducks: Oh no, we will not help you. We are too busy swimming.

Duck 1: Get the geese to help you. (All the ducks point to the geese.)

Red Hen: Geese, Geese! Will you help me cut the wheat?

Geese: Oh no, we will not help you. We are too busy sunbathing.

Goose 1: Get the cats to help you. (All geese point to the cats.)

Red Hen: Cats, Cats! Will you help me cut the wheat?

Cats: Oh no, we will not help you. We are too busy washing our faces.

Cat 1: Plant it yourself.

Storyteller 3: So the little red hen cut the wheat herself.

Storyteller 4: So she took the wheat to the miller.

Storyteller 5: The miller turned the wheat into flour.

Miller: (Gives Little Red Hen the bag of flour.) Here’s your flour to make bread and cakes.

Storyteller 6: The little red hen thanked the miller.

Storyteller 1: She made bread and cakes.

Red Hen: Who will help me eat the bread?

All animals: We will!

Red Hen: Oh no, I will eat it myself. If you want to eat the food what will you do next time?

All: We will share the work.

Storytellers: THE END!

 

Advertisements

Author:

This is a resource site for Early Education and Primary school educators. The blog share ideas for teaching creative drama to children.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s