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The Little Match Girl – A Christmas Play for Children.

The Little Match Girl – A Christmas Play for Children.

Characters: Three narrators, Little Match Girl, the Little Match Girl’s father, Grandmother, Mother, Father, Boy, Girl, Stove, Christmas Tree, Shooting Star.

The Little Match Girl – A Christmas Play for Children.

Narrator 1: Long, long time ago, there lived a little girl who was very poor.

Narrator 2: She had to sell matches to make enough money to buy food.

Little Match Girl’s Father: Go out and sell these boxes of matches. We need the money. Don’t come back until you have sold the last box.

Narrator 3: It was winter and it was very cold.

Little match girl: (takes out matches) I’ve been trying to sell matches all day but no one will buy them. I’ve not earned a single penny to buy food.

Narrator 1: Day turned to night.

Narrator 2: She grew colder and hungrier by the hour.

Narrator 3: She looked longingly in the windows of the houses. In one window, she saw a family laughing and singing around a large table that was filled with Christmas food.

(Family is enjoying their meal while they are laughing and having fun by the fire.)

Little Match Girl: Oh, how I would love to be inside there with that family. They look so warm and they are having fun. I can’t go home because my father will be very angry that I haven’t sold one box of matches. (She shivers.) If I light one of my matches, it will warm me up.

Narrator 1: She took out her matches and struck one.

Narrator 2: She cupped the flame to keep her warm and suddenly a stove appeared in front of her.

Stove: Come here, Little Match Girl and warm yourself by my hearth. It is very cold this Christmas.

Little Match Girl: Thank you so much, stove.

Narrator 3: Then, suddenly the flame went out and stove disappeared into the darkness of the night.

Little Match Girl: It is getting colder and colder. I dare not light another match.

Narrator 2: She did not light a match for a long time but then she whispered to herself.

Little Match Girl: Just one more match. (Her teeth are chattering and she is shivering.)

Narrator 3: She lit the second match and she was transported to a warm room with a welcoming fire and a table laden with good food.

Mother: Come in and sit down by dear.

Father: Warm yourself by the fire.

Girl: Have some of our food.

Boy: Then you can play with us.

Narrator 1: Just as she was about to eat the food, the match died and the magical room disappeared before her very eyes.

Little Match Girl: I’m so sad, cold and hungry. I will light just one more match.

Narrator 2: A magnificent Christmas tree appeared before her very eyes.

Christmas Tree: Come and sit under my branches.

Narrator 3: There were hundreds of candles burning on the tree.

Little match girl: Oh, what beautiful candles. (She stretches out her hand to touch the candles.)

Narrator 1: Suddenly the match went out and she scorched her fingers.

Little Match Girl: Ouch. I’m alone in the dark and cold again.

Shooting star: Whooosh. (Flies across the stage.)

Little Match Girl: There is a shooting star. My grandmother always told me that if you saw a shooting star in the sky, someone somewhere was dying. I will light one more match.

Narrator 2: Her grandmother appeared.

Grandmother: There you are. At last. I’ve been waiting a long time for you.

Little Match Girl: Please don’t go. I know you will disappear like the stove, the family and the Christmas tree. (She frantically lights one match after another.) Please take me with you.

Grandmother: Come with me to heaven. There will be no hunger or cold, only joy and happiness.

Narrator 1: The next morning the family was on its way to Christmas morning mass when they saw something in the snow.

Boy: Look, there is a little girl in the snow.

Girl: She is not moving.

Boy: She is surrounded by all these burnt matches.

Mother: She has no need for matches where she is going.

Children: Where has she gone?

Father: She is gone to a place without cold, hunger or pain. Just warmth and happiness.


Christmas drama games for children.


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Christmas Drama Games for Children


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Christmas Drama Games for Children

Game: What’s the time Santa Claus?
Age: 3 years +
Minimum number of participants: 4
Resources needed: Clear space.
Benefits: This activity is based on a popular traditional children’s game that can also be used very
effectively in a drama session as a warm-up game. This game also helps children with their listening
and co-ordination skills.
Instructions: One child is chosen or volunteers to be Santa Claus and stands at one side of the clear space. His/Her back is to the other children, who are standing at the opposite end of the
space. The rest of the children shout out: “What’s the time Santa Claus?” Santa Claus does not turn around. He/she replies: “four o’clock.” The children walk forward the number of steps that Santa Claus calls out (in this case, four). The children ask again: “What time is it Santa Claus?” Santa Claus replies: “five o’clock.” The children take five steps forward. The children continue to ask the question and to walk the appropriate number of steps forward. Eventually, when Santa Claus thinks that the children are near enough he/she will say: “Christmas time!” Then, Santa Claus turns around and chases the children. They must try to rush back to their starting place. If
Santa Claus catches one of them before they reach home, that child is Santa Claus in the next game.

Christmas Drama Games for Children

Game: Elves and Reindeers
Age: 5 years+
Minimum number of participants: 2
Resources needed: Clear space.
Benefits: The children work as part of a pair but it helps them practise giving clear directions to
their partners.
Instructions: This is a fun game that children enjoy. Divide the group into pairs. Child A is the Elf and child B is the reindeer. The elf must guide the reindeer around the clear space by giving them very specific directions. The elf can say for example: “go ten steps forwards” or “put your hands in the air and turn around five times”. The elf must make sure that their reindeers do not bump into other elves and reindeers in the group. They can switch roles after a few minutes.

Christmas Drama Games for Children

Game: Mrs Claus’s Knickers
Age: 5 years +
Minimum number of participants: 3
Resources needed: Clear space.
Benefits: This helps to improve eye contact and children body language. It also stimulates the
imagination as the children must come up with unique questions.
Instructions: The children sit in a circle. One child sits in the middle of the circle and everyone
in the circle takes it in turns to ask him/her a question, for example: “What did you have for
breakfast?” The child in the middle is only allowed to answer “Mrs Claus’s Knickers’ and they must not laugh or smile. If they laugh or smile they must change places with the child who asked the question.

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The Fir Tree – A five minute play based on Hans Christian Andersen’s popular story.


Characters: Three narrators, Little Fir Tree, Squirrel, Sun, Hare, Two woodcutters, Wind, Swallow, two children, Woman, Man.

Narrator 1: Once upon a time, there was a little fir tree.
Narrator 2: He was not very happy that he was so little.
Narrator 3: He wanted to grow big and tall.
Little Fir Tree: Oh, I wish I was tall like all the other trees.
Squirrel: You should be careful what you wish for.
Sun: Try not to grow up so quickly. You should enjoy the sunshine and the wind blowing freely through your branches.
Hare: Look on the bright side. I can jump over you because you are so little.
Little Fir Tree: I want to grow up and see the world.
Narrator 1: Every autumn, woodcutters would visit the forest.
Woodcutter 1: How about this little fir tree? Shall I cut it down?
Woodcutter 2: Don’t bother. That tree is too small.
Narrator 2: The woodcutters cut down lots of trees, took off their branches and dragged them off.
Little Fir Tree: Where are they going?
Wind: Don’t worry where they are going. Just enjoy being young and free.
Narrator 3: When Christmas time came, the woodcutters would take down the trees but not take off their branches.
Little Fir Tree: Where are they going?
Swallow: People take the trees and decorate them with colourful ornaments.
Little Fir Tree: Oh, how I long to be a Christmas tree.
Squirrel: No, you don’t.
Hare: Stay here with us.
Narrator 1: The tree was still not happy. The next Christmas came and the little fir tree had grown.
Woodcutter 1: Look at this fir tree.
Woodcutter 2: It will make a perfect Christmas tree.
Narrator 2: They cut the tree and sold him to a man who carried him off.
Child 1: What a beautiful Christmas tree.
Child 2: Let’s decorate it.
Narrator 3: After a few days, the fir tree was not happy.
Little Fir Tree: I have such a pain in my neck from standing up straight trying to hold up these ornaments.
(Children run around playing and shouting.)
Little Fir Tree: It is so noisy. I wish I was back in the forest with my friends, the hare, the squirrel, the swallow, the sun and the wind.
Woman: Well, Christmas is over for another year. It is time to get rid of the tree.
She takes off the ornaments. (Man enters.)
Woman: Take this tree away.
Man: I will put it in the yard.
Little Fir Tree: I’m outside at last. How I missed the fresh air.
Narrator 1: As he stretched out, his needles dropped off.
Little Fir Tree: what’s happening? I’m brown and I’m withering. I wish I had enjoyed myself when I was younger. I shouldn’t have wanted to grow up so fast.
Narrator 2: The next day, the man came back with an axe. He chopped up the tree.
Man: This will make great firewood and will keep the family warm this winter.
Narrator 3: The tree’s life was past.

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