Each child finds a space and sits down. Each child or a group of children are assigned a specific word and a corresponding action to the story the lion and the mouse. 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/narrator.
Lion: Get down on hands and knees, and move around stealthily as a lion stalking his prey.
Mouse: Scamper like a mouse and squeak.
Forest: Make yourself into a large tree.
Roar/roared/roaring: Roar loudly like a lion.
Eat: Do a gobbling action.
Help: Extend hands in a kindly gesture.
Narrator: One day, a lion was fast asleep in the forest, his head resting on his paw and he was snoring away. A timid little mouse came scampering by him and accidentally scampered across the lion’s nose. The lion woke up with a loud roar. The lion laid his huge paw angrily on the timid little mouse. He roared, “I’m going to eat you up.”
“Don’t eat me!” begged the poor mouse. “Please let me go and someday I will help you.”
The lion was much amused to think that a mouse could ever help him. But he was generous and finally let the mouse go.
Some days later, while walking in the forest, the lion was caught in a hunter’s net. Unable to free himself, he filled the forest with his angry roaring. The mouse heard the roar and quickly found the lion trapped in the net. Running to one of the great ropes that bound him, she chewed it until it fell apart, and soon the lion was free.
“You laughed when I said one day I would help you,” said the mouse. “Now, you see that even a mouse can help a lion.”
They hugged, and from then on, the lion and the mouse were very good friends.
Ask the children to name different jungle animals. They discuss what they can do, what they eat, where they live in the jungle. Then each child chooses their favour it’s jungle animal. The teacher goes around the circle and each child get an opportunity to speak about its favorite jungle animal
My favorite animal is …..
It lives in………
It eats …….
It moves like………..
Children are running through the ‘jungle’ and run into many animals, etc that they need to get away from. The teacher can give appropriate commands, and the children carry out a suitable action:
jump over logs
duck under branches
high knees through quicksand
run from the tiger
tip toe past the snake
talk to the monkeys (ooh, ooh, aah, aah), etc.
This really gets kids’ hearts pumping and they have a blast!
Main Focus of workshop:
The Lion’s Court: Before starting this game it is a good idea for the teacher to talk about the different animals that are found in the jungle. The teacher should ask the children who is the King of the Jungle? The teacher then assumes the role of a lion who is the King of the Jungle. It would be a good idea to have a crown for the lion. The children can make a court for the lion with chairs and a table or with cushions. Inside the court the lion sits on a throne. Each child chooses an animal they would like to pretend to be. The lion tells the other animals he is looking for animals to join his court. One by one he calls all the animals to him and asks them why he should let them join his court. The child must say what type of animal they are and what good qualities they have and how they will be useful to the lion, the King of the Jungle. When they have finished the King says “you may join my court” and lets them in. This is why it is a good idea to designated area in the jungle.
Dramatic play is a great way to teach important communication skills to children. Jungles hold a fascination for children, and incorporating drama workshop with a jungle theme can be fun for both teachers and children alike. Add music, costumes and props to your dramatic play if possible.
Sleeping Lions: All the children are lions (tigers, cows or any animal they want to be). They lie down on the floor; eyes closed and stay still, as if they were sleeping. The teacher goes around the room, trying to get the lions to move. If they move, then they have to get up and help the teacher to try to get the other lions to move. They are not allowed to touch the lions, but may move close to them, tell jokes or pull faces. After five minutes, with a loud roar, tell the lions who are still on the floor to wake up.
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