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The Little Red Hen – A Movement Play.


Each child finds a space and sits down. Each child or a group of children are assigned a specific word and a corresponding action. The narrator/teacher reads the story aloud, and when the children hear their word, they must jump up and do their actions. The words are in bold to assist the teacher.

Movement: Action.
Little Red Hen: Make yourself as small as possible and cluck around like a chicken.
Plant: Mime digging a hole and planting a seed.
Wheat: Make your body into the shape of a wheat plant.
Dogs: Move and bark like a dog.
Ducks: Waddle and quack like a duck.
Geese: Move like a goose and say “gobble, gobble.”
Cats: Move like a cat and meow.
Cut: Use a slashing movement.
Bread and cakes: Mime eating a delicious cake.


Once upon a time, there was a little red hen that lived on a farm. She was always busy! She spent all morning laying eggs for the farmer.
“Little Red Hen, please lay an egg for my tea,” said the farmer. After the little red hen had laid her egg, she found a grain of wheat. She wanted to plant it in a field.
“I’ll ask my animal friends to help me. Dogs, Dogs! Will you help me plant the wheat?” she said.
“Oh no, we will not help you. We are too busy burying our bones. Get the ducks to help you,” barked the dogs.
“Ducks, Ducks! Will you help me plant the wheat?” said the little red hen.
“Oh no, we will not help you. We are too busy swimming. Get the geese to help you,” quacked the ducks.
“Geese, Geese! Will you help me plant the wheat?” said the little red hen.
“Oh no, we will not help you. We are too busy sunbathing. Get the cats to help you,” gaggled the geese.
“Cats, Cats! Will you help me plant the wheat?” said the little red hen.
“Oh no, we will not help you. Plant it yourself,” meowed the cats.
No one would help the little red hen, so she planted it herself. The sun and the rain helped the wheat to grow. Soon, the wheat was tall and yellow and needed to be cut. “I’ll ask my animal friends to help me. Dogs, Dogs! Will you help me cut the wheat?” said the little red hen.
“Oh no, we will not help you. We are too busy burying our bones. Get the ducks to help you,” barked the dogs.
“Ducks, Ducks! Will you help me cut the wheat?” said the little red hen.
“Oh no, we will not help you. We are too busy swimming. Get the geese to help you,” quacked the ducks.
“Geese, Geese! Will you help me cut the wheat?” said the little red hen.
“Oh no, we will not help you. We are too busy sunbathing. Get the cats to help you,” gaggled the geese.
“Cats, Cats! Will you help me cut the wheat?” said the little red hen.
“Oh no, we will not help you. We are too busy washing our faces. Cut it yourself,” meowed the cats.
So, the little red hen cut the wheat herself, and she took the wheat to the miller. The miller turned the wheat into flour.
“Here’s your flour to make bread and cakes,” said the miller.
The little red hen thanked the miller. She made bread and cakes.
“Who will help me eat the bread and cakes?” said the little red hen.
“We will!” shouted all the animals.
“Oh no, I will eat it myself. If you want to eat the food, what will you do next time?” asked the little red hen.
“We will share the work,” said all the animals.

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The Enormous Turnip – Drama workshop for children


Read the story of “The Enormous Turnip”

Warm up: Enormous, Enormous Turnip. All the children except the child who is It, sit in a circle. It walks around the circle, tapping each player on the head, saying “Enormous” each time until he decides to tap someone and say “Turnip” That child becomes the turnip and runs after It, trying to tag him before It can take his seat. If It successfully reaches the turnip’s seat without being tagged, the turnip is the new It. If the turnip tags It, then the turnip keeps his spot in the circle and It must either continue to be It for another turn or sit in the middle of the circle until another It is tagged.

Circle time: Ask the children to sit in the circle. Ask them if they can name the different characters in the story. Ask the following questions:
How would the different characters move? What would they sound like?
What do you think they were doing before they were called to help with the Turnip?
How do they feel about pulling the Turnip up and eating it?

Character exploration: Get the children find their own space in the room. When the teacher calls out a character the children have to become the character and move around the room.
Old Man: Hunches over and moves very slowly with a walking stick.
Wife: Busy doing housework and moves very busily and quickly.
Boy: Plays football, does headers, keepy ups and scores goals.
Girl: Skips along happily.
Dog: Moves like a dog and barks.
Cat: Moves like a cat and meows.
Mouse: Moves like a mouse and squeaks.

Movement story: Get the children to participate in the above Enormous Turnip Movement Story.

Mime: All the children find a space and they curl up and imagine that they are a turnip seed. The seed are get bigger and bigger until eventually they grow into a large Turnip and are pulled from the earth.

Still image: They make a still image of the moment they find out that they are going to be turned into turninip soup.

Thought tracking: The teacher goes and taps each Turnip on the shoulder and they must say one word how they feel about being eaten for dinner.
Voice exploration: Each child says the following sentence
Please, please don’t eat me for your dinner.”
In a happy voice
Sad voice,
Surprised voice,
Shocked voice,
Tired voice,
Angry voice,
Scared voice,
Excited voice.

Group work: Divide the class in to groups of 3 or 4. The group have to use their bodies to make the one big, Enormous Turnip. They have to move as the turnip but stay connected.

Freeze Frame: Divide the class into groups of 8. Each group have to make six still images that tell the story. They can show it to the other groups.
Improvisation: For older children they can add dialogue to their freeze frames.

Closure: The children stand in a circle. Child A says “If I had a turnip, I would turn it in to an Apple.” Child B says “If I had a turnip, I would turn it in to an Apple and a banana.” Child C says “If I had a turnip, I would turn it in to an Apple, a banana and a cat” and so on until everyone gets a chance. If they make a mistake or stumble they are eliminated and sit down.. The last child standing at the end wins.



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Humpty Dumpty – a 5 minute play script for children.


Cast of characters (14): Humpty Dumpty, Egg 1, Egg 2, Egg 3, Egg 4, General, King’s man 1, King’s man 2, King’s man 3, King’s horse 1, King’s horse 2, King’s horse 3, King and Servant.

(Stage directions: There is a big wall upstage and there are a group of eggs playing outside the wall. They accidentally throw the ball over the wall.)

Egg 1: Oh dear, what will we do now?

Egg 2: Well, one of us will have to climb over the wall and get the ball.

Egg 3: Humpty Dumpty will do it

Humpty Dumpty: Why do I have to do it?

Egg 4: Because you are bravest egg of all eggs.

Egg 1: Don’t tell us you are scared.

All: Scaredy Egg! Scaredy Egg!
Humpty Dumpty: Alright, alright I’ll do it.

(Humpty Dumpty starts to climb the wall. He is shaking because he is so scared. He gets to the top but he is too frightened to move.)

Humpty Dumpty: I can’t move. What shall I do?

(Enters General.)

General: What is going on here?

(All the eggs run off.)

Humpty Dumpty: I climbed the wall because we threw the ball over the wall and I wanted to get back for all my egg friends but now I’m stuck and I can’t get down.

General: I’ll get a ladder and help you get down. (General mimes getting a ladder but Humpty Dumpty starts to wobble and falls off the ladder.)

Humpty Dumpty: Help me! I’m broken. (Humpty Dumpty is lying on the floor.)

General: Don’t worry, I’ll call all the King’s men to come and help put you back together again.

General: (gets out his phones and dials the King’s men) Please come quick, a giant egg has fallen off a wall.

(King’s men come galloping in on their horses. They look at Humpty Dumpty on the ground.)

King’s Man 1: Oh dear, this looks very bad.

King’s Horse 1: I don’t think we are going to be able to fix him.

King’s Man 2: Don’t give up we can try.

King’s Horse 2: Look everybody where do you think this goes? (He holds up an arm.)

King’s Man 3: I think that might be his leg. (They all try hard to put him back together. They circle him so the audience can’t see while they are working on him. Then after a few minutes they stop.)

King’s Horse 3: We tried our best but there is nothing we can do.

(They all put their heads down.)

(Trumpet blows and the King’s servant enters.)

Servant: The king is coming. Everyone bow.

(They all bow as the King enters and sits at the table.)

King: I’m so hungry. (Rings bell.) What is for dinner tonight, servant?

Servant: Lots and lots of scrambled egg.

All: (Come out to the centre stage and recite the Humpty Dumpty rhyme.)
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the King’s horses and all the King’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.
They tried to push him up.
They tried to pull him up.
They tried to patch him up.
But couldn’t put him back together again.

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The Emperor’s New Clothes – A Playscript for Children

Characters: Three storytellers, Dresser, Emperor, Two soldiers, Royal Advisor, Slick, Slicker, four subjects, father, small child.

Storyteller 1: Once upon a time, there was an emperor.
Storyteller 2: He didn’t spend much time ruling his empire
Storyteller 3: Because he was too interested in how he looked and what clothes he wore.
Emperor: (looking in the mirror) I wonder what clothes I’ll wear today. Dresser come here at once.
(Dresser comes rushing holding up two outfits, the emperor grabs one.)
Dresser: That is the tenth outfit you have tried on today, Your Excellence.
Emperor: It is important to look good when you are the emperor of all that you can see and beyond.
(Enter two soldiers.)
Soldier 1: (bows) Your Excellence, the enemy is attacking us.
Soldier 2: (bows) By land, air and sea. What shall we do?
Emperor: How dare you interrupt me with these trivial matters. I’ve way more important things to worry about, like what outfit I’m going to wear today. Please leave at once.
Storyteller 1: When the royal advisor came to advise, he dismissed him.
Royal Advisor: We must talk about how to run the empire.
Emperor: Go away, can’t you see I’m busy admiring myself and my beautiful clothes. Dresser, let’s go outside so all my subjects can admire my clothes.
(Walks up and down like he is on a catwalk. He turns and twirls so all his subjects can see and admire him.)
Subjects: (bows) You look amazing, Your Excellence.
Emperor: Dresser, next week is the annual royal parade. What shall I wear?
Dresser: You have 10,438 outfits to choose from.
Emperor: I need something new and different. I want to look fabulous. I want the whole empire to talk about me and my beautiful clothes. Find me the finest tailors in the land at once.
Dresser: (Comes on stage ringing a bell.) Hear ye, hear ye, the emperor needs a magnificent outfit for the royal parade. Can anyone help? Hear ye, hear ye.
(Enter Slick and Slicker.)
Slick: Do you hear that? We could make lots of money.
Slicker: But we aren’t tailors.
Slick: I know, but I’ve got a plan.
(They huddle together and whisper.)
(Dresser enters the palace with Slick and Slicker. The emperor is sitting on his throne.)
Dresser: I found them, Your Excellence.
Slick: I’m Slick.
Slicker: I’m Slicker. At your service. (Both bow before the emperor.)
Slick and Slicker: We are the finest tailors in the land.
Slick: I’m sure you MUST have heard of us.
Storyteller 2: The emperor liked to pretend he knew everything, so he said…
Emperor: Of course, I’ve heard of you.
Slick: Well then, you must know our clothes are very special.
Emperor: Special?
Slicker: Oh yes, they are magic clothes.
Emperor: Magic?
Slicker: Why, have you not heard? only very clever people can see our clothes.
Slick: Our clothes are invisible to stupid people.
Emperor: Make me a magic outfit at once.
Slicker: Well, it is very expensive.
Emperor: Money is no object. Here take this. (He throws a bag of money at them.) Now get to work at once. You have only a week left to make me the most spectacular outfit for the royal parade.
(Emperor and Dresser exit.)
Storyteller 2: After a few days, the emperor was excited to see his new outfit. He knocked on the door.
Emperor: Knock, knock, may I come in?
Slick and slicker: Oh no, you can’t come in. We want the outfit to be a surprise.
Emperor: Dresser, go inside and look at the outfit and tell me how fabulous it is.
(Enter Dresser. Slick holds up an imaginary outfit.)
Slick: So, what do you think?
Dresser: (Speaks to the audience.) I can’t see anything, but if I say so, everyone will think I’m stupid.
Dresser: It is wonderful, the emperor will be so happy.
Storyteller 3: He scuttled off to tell the emperor that his outfit was amazing.
Storyteller 1: News quickly spread across the empire about the magic outfit. Everyone came the day of the parade to see this fantastic suit.
Storyteller 2: On the day of the parade, the emperor entered the room for the first time.
Slick: (Holds up the outfit.) Well, what do you think?
Emperor: (Speaks to the audience.) I can’t see anything. I must be stupid, but I can’t let them now. I’ll pretend I can see it. (Turns to Slick and Slicker.) It is amazing, magnificent, fabulous.
Slicker: Well, put it on then.
Dresser: I will help you. You look fantastic.
Emperor: It is a perfect fit. Dresser, carry my train.
Storyteller 3: He admired himself one last time. The soldiers opened the palace doors.
Emperor: Let the parade commence.
Storyteller 1: The crowd gasped with excitement. They knew only clever people could see the clothes.
Subject 1: You look so handsome.
Subject 2: Such an amazing outfit.
Subject 3: What magnificent tailoring.
Emperor: The clothes I’m wearing must be beautiful.
Small child: I can’t see. I want to see the emperor’s new clothes.
Father: Come here, I’ll show you. (Father picks up the small child.)
Small child: But the emperor has no clothes on.
Subject 4: What did he say?
Subject 1: He said the emperor has no clothes on.
Subject 3: He is right, the emperor is naked.
Subject 4: The emperor has no clothes on.
Storyteller 2: Everyone started to whisper and the whispering turned into shouting.
Everyone: The emperor has no clothes on.
Emperor: (Looks down.) They are right. I’ve got no clothes on. (He tries to cover himself up.)
Slick and Slicker: Time to go with our bags full of money. (They tip toe off the stage quickly without anyone seeing them.)
Emperor: Cover me up at once. (Dresser comes running in with a blanket.)
Storyteller 3: The emperor got what he wished for. People talked about the emperor with no clothes for years to come.

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Scene 1:

*Curtains open with Snow White on one side of the stage, sitting down reading a book and the Queen on the other side of the stage looking at Snow White angrily*

Narrator: Hello boys and girls. Welcome to our play. Do you all know the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs? That’s our story tonight but we’ve made a few little changes. We hope you enjoy it!

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away; there lived a beautiful young Princess. She had hair as dark as night and skin as white as snow and so she was called Snow White. She was kind and gentle and people would stop and stare at her beauty. Snow White lived in a beautiful castle with her father, the King. One day, her father remarried. Although the new Queen was very beautiful; she was cruel and unkind and she did not like Snow White because Snow White so beautiful and the new Queen became very jealous.

*Snow White Skips off the stage and the Queen stays on stage. The Mirror is carried on*

Queen: Aw, at last my mirror has arrived (admires herself in the mirror). Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?

Mirror: My dear Queen, you are indeed very beautiful but it is Snow White who is the fairest of them of all.

Queen: (outraged) What? This cannot be. I shall have her killed and then I will be the fairest in the land……. Huntsman come here at once.

Huntsman: (stammers!) Y-y-yes, Your Majesty?

Queen: I order you to take Snow White into the woods at once and kill her. Now go!! Get out of my sight!

*The Queen walks off stage stamping her feet angrily and the Woodsman stands to the front of the stage*

Huntsman: (to audience) What shall I do? I don’t want to kill Snow White. She is so good and kind. But the Queen will be so angry if I do not do what she says. Oh no!

*The Huntsman walks off the stage sadly*

*The background changes to a woods scene and Snow White and the Woodsman enter onto the stage*

Snow White: (to Woodsman) Where are we going?

Woodsman: We must go into the woods. I am so very sorry, the Queen has ordered me to kill you but I cannot do it. You must run away and never return or we will both be killed. Go quickly!

*Snow White runs off the stage*

Huntsman: (To audience) What shall I do now? Lie to the Queen. Perhaps she will believe me……

*Huntsman runs off stage and background changes to castle again*

Narrator: The Woodsman returned to the Castle and told the Queen that he had killed Snow White.

Huntsman: Snow White is dead Your Majesty.

Queen: Very good, very good Snow White is gone. Now go! (Looking into the Mirror) Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?

*Huntsman runs off stage*

Mirror: My dear Queen, I must inform you that Snow White is still alive and she is the fairest of them all.

Queen: The Woodsman has lied to me. I see that if I want this done, I shall have to do it myself………… I shall find Snow White and kill her myself (Evil laugh!)

Scene 2:

*Curtains open with woods as the background*

Narrator: Meanwhile, Snow White was lost and alone in the woods and she could not return to the castle. She sat down on the ground and began to cry.

*Little Red Riding Hood comes skipping onto the stage*

Snow White: Who are you?

Red Riding Hood: I’m Little Red Riding Hood, of course. I’m on my way to Grandma’s house. I must hurry before that nasty Wolf comes along. You had better hurry along too before it gets dark. Goodbye. Hope I see you again soon…….

Snow White: (waves) Bye!

*Red Riding Hood Skips off the stage and the Wolf comes along*

Wolf: Hello. Have you seen a little girl wearing a red hood?

Snow White: Oh hello. (To audience) Should I tell him where she went? (Wait for answer) No, sorry I haven’t seen her.

Wolf: Well then, I’d better be going. I sure am hungry. Goodbye

*Wolf runs off stage*

*Curtains close while scene is changed to dwarfs house*

*Curtains open*

Narrator: Snow White carried on walking into the woods until she came to a little house. She knocked on the door (sound of knocking) but no one answered so she went inside. She found herself in a small kitchen with a little table surrounded by seven little chairs and in the bedroom she found seven little beds…….

Snow White: How very strange. I wonder who lives here. Whoever they are, they are very messy. This house is filthy. It will take me all day to get this place cleaned up, I had better get started.

*Snow White starts cleaning and song “Working 9 to 5” plays for 1 minute approx.*

Snow White: There! All done! (yawns) I’m so tired, I think I’ll just have a little nap.

*Snow White lies down on a blanket in the corner, while she is sleeping; Goldilocks walks quietly into the kitchen and sits at the table*

Narrator: As Snow White slept, a little girl with golden locks crept into the house and began to eat a bowl of porridge which had been left on the table.

Goldilocks: Mmmm, porridge!! (starts eating porridge)

*While Goldilocks is eating the porridge, the seven dwarfs arrive home (“I Ho, I Ho” plays). They are surprised to find Goldilocks in their kitchen*

Grumpy: Goldilocks!! Not again! Shoo! Out of here! Come on!

Doc: Think we need to fix the lock on that door.

Sleepy: I’m tired! (Rubbing eyes) Can I go to bed now? (Yawns)

Sneezy: Achoo!! (Wipes nose)

Dopey: Huh, what’s goin on?

Happy: Wow, look at this place! It’s so clean. Who did this?

Bashful: Hey, look! I think we have another visitor. Look at her! She’s so pretty! (Looks away shyly)

*The dwarfs surround the sleeping Snow White. She wakes up suddenly with a fright and looks around*

Snow White: Who are you?

Grumpy: You’re the one in our house. Who are you?

Snow White: I’m Snow White and I have nowhere else to go. Please can I stay here for just a little while? Please? I can be very helpful; I can clean and sew and cook and…..

Happy: You can cook? Great, you can stay! I’m famished. What’s for dinner? I’m Happy by the way.

Doc: I’m doc!

Dopey: I’m Dopey.

Bashful: I’m Bashful

Sneezy: I-I-I-I’m Sneezy, achooo!!

Sleepy: (Yawning and stretching) I’m Sleepy!

Grumpy: Hold on one second here! I don’t like this, not one bit. She’s not staying and that’s final.

Doc: Don’t mind him, that’s Grumpy!!

Dopey: I’m starving. Can we eat now, please?

*The other dwarfs ignore Grumpy’s complaints and Grumpy stands with his arms folded in a huff, while the other dwarfs sit at the table*

Snow White: There you go! Eat up! (Serves each dwarf some food)

Doc: Mmmmm, delicious!

*Grumpy smells the food and slowly walks over and sits down at the table, still looking angry and starts eating*

Narrator: So Snow White stayed with the dwarfs who were very happy to have a girl around at last, even Grumpy didn’t mind so much once he tasted Snow White’s cooking. They were all very happy living together. The dwarfs soon began to care very much for Snow White. The dwarfs went off to work each morning and Snow White took very good care of their little house.

Scene 3:

*Curtains open with Snow White sitting at the kitchen table with Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Goldilocks and Red Riding Hood.

Snow White: I’m so glad you could all come for tea. Red Riding Hood, would you like another biscuit? Cinderella?

Sleeping Beauty: Could I have some more coffee please? I’m feeling awfully sleepy.

Snow White: Of course, Sleeping Beauty. Would you like some more milk, Goldilocks?

*Snow White pours some coffee and milk*

Cinderella: (sighs) I just don’t know how you do it. Cleaning up after seven men, every single day? After years of cleaning up for that wicked step-mother and those two ugly step-sisters, I never want to see another broom for the rest of my life.

Snow White: It’s not so bad. I don’t exactly have a queue of charming princes knocking down my door. You are so lucky to have met the man of your dreams. It’s not easy being single.

*All the girls dance to “Single Ladies”*

Cinderella: You will meet the man of your dreams one day, Snow White. Well, we had better get going. Before Sleeping Beauty here; falls asleep at your table. Bye!

Snow White: Bye, see you soon!

*Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella walk off stage and Snow White goes back her cleaning. Then there’s a knock at the door*

Snow White: Oh, I wonder who that could be?

*In walks he Queen dressed as an old woman*

Snow White: Oh hello, would you like to come in?

Old woman: Hello dear! I was just walking in the woods when I saw you busy cleaning. You must be very tired after all that cleaning. Would you like one of my delicious red apples? They are really very delicious!

Snow White: Oh they do look very delicious and I am a little peckish. Oh dear, I’m not sure if I should. My father always told me to never take food from a stranger! Then again, he also told me to get married before I moved in with a man and here I am living with seven men! (To audience) What should I do? Should I take the apple?

Old Woman: Go on dear, it’s only an apple!! (Laughs to herself)

Snow White: Alright then. Maybe just one little bite. It can’t hurt.

*Snow White takes a bite and collapses to the ground. The Old Woman throws off her disguise and laughs evilly*

Queen: Hahaha,my plan has worked, Snow White has eaten the poisonous apple and now she is gone, gone, gone; I shall be the fairest in the land at last. Hahahaha!!

*The Queen runs off the stage*

*A little while later the dwarfs walk on stage (“I Ho, I Ho” plays) and find Snow White unconscious*

Happy: Oh no, what has happened? Is she dead?

Doc: (Holding up the apple and smelling it) No she’s not dead but she has been poisoned.

Grumpy: It wasn’t me!

*The dwarfs get down on their knees and surround Snow White. They all begin to cry*

*Curtain closes*









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King Midas – A Play for Children.


Characters: Three Narrators, King Midas, Dionysus, servant, Princess and Rover the dog

Narrator 1: In ancient Greece, there lived a King called Midas.

King Midas loved money more than anything else in the world.

Narrator 2: He loved to count his gold every day. (The king is sitting on the centre stage counting his bars of gold.)

King Midas: 4,936, 4937, 4938, I love gold more than anything. It makes me so happy.
(Enter Dionysus.)

Dionysus: I want to thank you Midas for letting me stay with you. You have been very kind.

King Midas: I’m glad you enjoyed your stay, Dionysus. You know you are always welcome here.

Dionysus: Midas: I wish to show you my appreciation by granting you a wish.

Narrator 3: The king was delighted and he thought carefully what he could wish for.

King Midas: I wonder what I could possibly wish for? (He thinks carefully for a while.) I know. Dionysus, Dionysus! I know what I want. I want everything that I touch to turn to gold.

Dionysus: (bows) Your wish is my command, Your Majesty. From now on everything you touch will turn to gold. Goodbye. (King Midas goes to shake his hand but Dionysus avoids him and runs off.)

King Midas: (waves) Goodbye Dionysus. Could it be true that everything I touch will turn to gold?
(He moves around the room and touches the chair, the chair which turns to gold and becomes heavy and he struggles to carry it. He rubs his hands with glee and then touches a book and then the table and everything turns to gold.)

King Midas: (does a little dance) I’m going to be even richer than I was before. All this work is making me hungry. (He tries to ring the bell for tea but that turns to gold and doesn’t ring.)

King Midas:
Never mind; Servant! Servant!
(Servant enters.)

Servant: (bows) You called, Your Majesty.

King Midas: I’m hungry, bring me my tea.

Servant: Yes, Your Majesty. (He walks backwards while bowing.)

Narrator 1: The servant brought King Midas his tea.
(Enter servant with the food but everything turns to gold when the king touches it. He tries eating it with just his mouth but that doesn’t work and his mouth hurts trying to eat the food.)

King Midas: Oh, dear, I’m so hungry. Servant, bring me my tennis racket and ball. (Servant brings him the tennis racket and ball and everything turns to gold. Rover the dog comes in and tries to get the ball and give it to the king but it is too heavy.)

Rover: Woof! Woof!

King Midas: Good boy, Rover. (He pats him and he turns to gold.)

King Midas: Poor Rover, but you will look good as a statue in the hall.
(Princess enters.)

Princess: (calling for Rover) Rover? Rover? Daddy, have you seen Rover. Oh, my, what a beautiful statue of Rover.

King Midas: You can have it if you like.

Princess: Oh, thank you, Daddy. (She goes to hug him.)

King Midas: Please don’t touch……. (King Midas tries to avoid her but it is too late and she turns to gold.)

King Midas: Me!?? Oh, no! what have I done? I have turned my only daughter into gold. (He starts to cry.) Dionysus, Dionysus, please come back. I have been so selfish. I’m so sorry.
(Dionysus appears.)

Dionysus: I think you have learned your lesson. I will take away your magic wish only if you promise not to love money so much.
(The princess and the dog start to move and they hug King Midas.)

Narrator 3: From that day on Midas was never selfish or greedy again.

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The Three Billy Goat’s Gruff – A Classroom Drama

Read the story or poem or watch the video. See links above.

Introduction: All the children sit in a circle. The teacher asks them what a troll looks like? Get the children to express their thoughts and ideas freely.

Role on the wall: Give an outline of an image and ask the children to write inside the image the different characteristics or personality traits of a troll. If they are too young to write, get them to draw inside the image.

Group work: Divide the class in to smaller groups of 5 or 6 children. Each group works together to create the troll with their bodies.
Suggestions: One of them could be head, the others could be the bodies or the legs. They could be two heads, 10 legs, four hands, etc.., Each group should be different.
Then ask each group to move around the room as the troll. The group should stay connected as they walk. Once they have mastered the movement they can make sound.

Still Image: Get each group to make a still image of the troll. He should look as fierce and as scary as possible.

Teacher in Role: The teacher assumes the role as the troll. She can do this by changing her voice or using a prop or putting on a costume. She sits on a seat which becomes the hot seat.

Hot Seating: Each child in the class asks the troll a question.
Suggestions: Why does the troll live by himself?
Where is his family?
Why does he not like the Billy Goats?
Does he not have any friends?
Why does he live under a bridge?

Voice Production (Pitch and Power): Divide the class into groups of three. They each must assume the role of one of the Billy Goats. They should experiment with the pitch and power of each of the billy goats.
The smallest goat should have a soft and high-pitched voice.
The middle size goat should have a medium volume and  medium-pitched voice.
The biggest goat should have a loud and low-pitched voice.
Give each group time to find their voices.

Choral speaking: Get each group to practice saying the following together:

  • “Please, Mr Troll, may we cross the bridge so we can graze on the green grassy ridge.”

Get them to say it first as the smallest goat, then the middle sized goat and then finally the biggest goat.

Thought tracking: The teacher tell each group they are going to cross the bridge. She taps each goat on the shoulder and they must say how they feel about crossing the bridge and confronting the goat. The teacher can extend this by asking each goat what they will say to the troll.

Conscience Alley: The class forms two lines facing each other. The line on the left must think of reasons why the troll should eat the Billy Goats. The line on the right should think of reasons why the troll shouldn’t eat the Billy Goats.

TIR – teacher walks down the centre of the line as the troll and she listen to each reason carefully.

Improvisation: Divide the class into pairs. One child is the biggest billy goat and the other is the troll. They must come up with alternative ending. The goat doesn’t throw the troll into the river. They can act out an alternative and most positive ending.