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The Magical Music Shop -A Movement Story
Resources needed: Clear space, triangle and pictures of different types of instruments (optional).
Introduction: Tell the children they are going to participate in a movement story about a magical music shop. Show them pictures of different type of instruments. Discuss different kind of musical instrument families.
Brass instruments are made of brass or another metal and they make sound when air is blown into them. The instruments in the brass family include trumpet, trombone, tuba, French horn, cornet, and bugle.
Percussion instruments usually make sound when they are hit or shaken. The instruments in the percussion family include drums, cymbals, triangle, tambourine, chimes, bells, and xylophone.
String instruments are made with strings. The strings may be struck, plucked or bowed. The instruments in this family include violin, viola, cello, bass.
Woodwind instruments make sound when air is blown inside or across them and vibrates. Woodwind instruments include flute, clarinet, recorder, bassoon, and oboe.
Ask the children what their favourite instrument is? If they could be an instrument what would it be? Why did they choose it? What sound does their chosen instrument make? If their instrument could move how would it move? What kind of musical family does their chosen instrument belong to? Make sure everyone has a chance to explain their choice. Before the story starts get one of the children to volunteer to be the music shop owner. The teacher is the narrator. The rest of the children are their chosen instruments.
Narrator: Once upon a time there was a very special music shop. The music shop was special because all the instruments that lived in the shop were magic. (The children all freeze in the shape of their instrument.) The music shop owner loved his instruments very much. He treated them with tender loving care. (The owner goes around the shop. He polishes and dusts all the instruments.) Every night the owner would close the shop and go upstairs to bed. (The shop owner goes off to bed and lies on the floor and falls asleep. He snores loudly.) What the owner didn’t know was when the clock struck midnight the instruments would come alive. (Narrator tinkles the triangle.) The magic instruments would come down from their shelves and out from the window display. (The instruments start to move slowly out of their positions.) They would all play together. (The instruments start playing their music and moving around interacting with one another.) The instruments were so happy when they were with their friends. They had so much fun and nobody knew about their magic powers. Every morning when the instruments heard the music shop owner’s footsteps (the owner makes loud stomping noises with his feet) they would quickly run back to their places on the shelves or in the window display. (The instruments go back to their original positions and freeze.) Every morning the music shop owner would walk around the shop inspecting his instruments and every morning he would rub his head and say, “That’s funny. I thought I had put the violin on that shelf, or didn’t I leave the drum on the window.” But the music shop owner never suspected a thing and every night when he went to bed and the clock struck midnight the instruments would play to their hearts content. (The instruments come out and play.) Every morning the music shop owner would come and they would quickly move back to their places. (The instruments move quickly back to their positions.) (The narrator can say this section as many times as he wants.)
After a while the music shop owner knew something was not quite right. So one morning he tiptoed into the shop and he found the instruments all playing together. (The owner tiptoes very quietly into the shop.) He heard the most beautiful
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What is improvisation and why is useful for social anxiety?
Improvisation is theatre without a script. Improvisation is a shared creation. Improvisers make it up on the spot. The reason it’s effective for social anxiety is that improvisation builds ideas step by step, using the core principle of “Yes, and” or, as it is sometimes called, “Accept and build”.
Improvisers are encouraged to closely listen and add to what their partner is offering and discover what is really happening in an interaction. This can create complex ideas and scenes simply by the accumulation of a sequence of smaller steps.
Drama Game One:
Beginner improvisation activity: 1, 2, 3 Counting
This is a very popular warm-up and one Augusto Boal mentions in his book ‘Games for Actors and Non-Actors’. The premise is simple yet requires concentration.
This exercise is simple and low-pressure yet begins to awaken the creative muscles by calling on students to create movement and sound on the spot.
Drama Game Two:
Yes, and improvisation activity:
This is a nice little game that trains students to accept offers and add to them. Like in the second example above, B accepts the existence of the elephant, and offers a question as an addition to his acceptance.
Divide the class into two even lines, call one line A, and the other line B. Have the two lines face each other
Begin with the students who are at the top of the lines. Ask the student in the A line to come up with an offer. The student in the B line must accept and add to it. A must then accept B’s addition, and add to it again. e.g.:
A: Would you like to cut my hair for me?
B:Yes!I have a hairdressing set in my room, let’s do it there.
A: Great! I’ll bring a picture of what I want it to look like.
When they’re finished, each student will go to the end of the opposite line (i.e. The student from line A will go to the end of line B, the line B student will go to the end of line A), and the next two students will have their chance to go.
Keep this game going until all students have had a chance to be in both lines.
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Characters: Three narrators, three Jade Emperors, rat, cat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, horse, snake, goat, rooster, monkey, dog and boar.
(Stage directions: three narrators on the left hand side of the stage. All the other characters walk around the stage showing confusion on their faces.)
Narrator 1: Long time ago in China. There was no such thing as time.
Narrator 2: Because there was no such thing as time, no one knew when to get up, or when to have their dinner or when to go to school or even when to play and have fun.
Narrator 3: Nobody did anything at the same time.
Narrator 1: The Jade Emperors who were the Emperors of Heaven knew this was a problem. (The Jade Emperors are standing on chairs looking down on all the chaos.)
Narrator 2: They decided to do some thing about it.
Jade Emperor 1: What are we going to do?
Jade Emperor 2: Everything is in chaos.
Jade Emperor 3: No one knows when to do things.
Jade Emperor 1: We have to come up with a way of measuring time.
Jade Emperor 2: Easier said then done.
Jade Emperor 3: How will we measure it?
Jade Emperor 1: Well, I have an idea.
Jade Emperor 2 and 3: Oh please, tell us.
Jade Emperor 1: Well, we could have a swimming race and the first twelve animals across the line will have a year named after them.
Jade Emperor 2: That’s a wonderful idea. Let’s call the animals.
Narrator 3: All the animals were summoned and were told about the Jade Emperor’s solutions for creating time. (They mime calling the animals and having a conversation while the narrators are talking.)
Narrator 1: All the animals were excited and lined up.
Narrator 2: Both the cat and the rat knew they weren’t good swimmers so they asked to Ox to help.
Rat: Ox can you help us, because you are so strong?
Cat: And so kind.
Ox: Of course, jump on my back and I’ll help you get across the river.
(They all line up for the race and start swimming: the ox is in front with both the cat and rat on his back. They swim around for a while and just as they approach the end of the race the rat throws the cat off the ox’s back and jumps onto the ox’s back so he is the first to cross the line.)
Rat: I won! I won!
Jade Emperor 1: Well done. The first year in the zodiac will be known as the Year of Rat. (He gets off his chair and shakes the rat’s hand and gives him a medal.)
Ox: You tricked me, rat.
Jade Emperor 2: Never mind, the second year of the zodiac will be called after you. (He gets off his chair and shakes the ox’s hand and gives him a medal.)
Tiger: (struggling to swim against the current.) I am exhausted. I never swan so far before.
Emperor 3: The year of the tiger will be the third sign of the zodiac. (He gets off his chair and shakes the tiger’s hand and gives him a medal.)
Rabbit: (floating on a log) I am sorry to say I can’t swim. I hopped across on some stepping stones and then found a floating log which carried me to the shore.
Emperor 1: Well done, Rabbit. That showed imagination, so I am happy to name the fourth year after you. (He gets off his chair and shakes the rabbit’s hand and gives him a medal. Dragon comes swooping down.)
Emperor 2: Dragon, why are you so late? You should have won as you can fly as well as swim.
Dragon: I was in the lead but then I saw the rabbit on a log and he needed some help so I huffed and puffed so that the log reached the shore.
Emperor 2: Well that was very kind of you and now you are here you will have the fifth year of the zodiac named after you. (He gets off his chair and shakes the dragon’s hand and gives him a medal.)
Horse: Neigh! Neigh! I am going to be the sixth year. (Horse comes galloping in with the snake next to him. Snake sneaks up behind and scares him.)
Snake: Boo! (Horse jumps back.) No, Horse, I am going to be the sixth year of the zodiac.
Horse: Well, I suppose I’ll have to settle with (for?) seventh place. I don’t mind as seven is a lucky number. (Emperors shake their hands and give them their medals.)
Narrator 1: Not long afterwards a raft arrived carrying the goat, the monkey and the rooster.
Goat: We shared the raft that the rooster found.
Rooster: The monkey and goat helped me push the raft into the water.
Monkey: We worked really well together.
Emperor: I am very pleased you worked as a team. The goat can be the eighth zodiac animal, the monkey the ninth and the rooster the tenth. (He shakes their hands and gives them medals.)
Goat, Rooster Monkey: Hurrah, we can stay together on the calendar. (The dog arrives very slowly.)
Emperor 2: Dog, where have you been? You are the best swimmer out of all the animals.
Dog: The river was so clean I decided to have a bath.
Emperor 3: Well, as you are so late then you will have to settle for eleventh place. We have only one place left. (He gets off his chair and shakes the dog’s hand and gives him a medal. The boar comes along.)
Emperor 1: Where have you been, boar? You nearly missed out on the last place.
Boar: It was such a lovely day I decided to stop and have a rest. I am here now and I am the final zodiac animal.
Emperor 2: Congratulations. (He gets off his chair and shakes the boar’s hand and gives him a medal. Cat struggles out of the water. He is not happy.)
Emperor 3: I am sorry, cat, all the places are gone.
Cat: (starts crying) Boo, hoo. I will never forgive the rat.
Narrator 2: Since then cats have never been friends with rats.
(All the animals line up in order and take a bow. The cat is in the corner sulking.)
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The following movement activities promote the following types of coordination skills:
Gross motor coordination: This type of coordination is the movement of arms, legs and body that allows children to walk, run, jump, throw kick and twist.
Fine motor coordination: This type of coordination allows children toperform tasks that require precision. Activities that require children to manipulate small objects will improve their fine motor skills.
Hand-eye coordination: This type of coordination allows children to guide their hand to complete the task.
Movement activity: Doors and Windows
Age: 5 years
Minimum number of participants:10
Resources needed: Clear space.
Other benefits: Spatial awareness, group work.
Instructions: The children form a circle while standing and holding their hands. The group spreads out enough so that everyone’s arms arestraight in the circle. This should form large spaces between the circle members. These large spaces represent the windows and doors. Then one child is chosen to be the runner. The runner starts running,and weaving in and out between the windows and doors. The children inthe circle randomly drop their arms down trying to touch or trap the runner who is weaving his/her way in and out of the windows and door.Once the runner is caught or touched by the arms of someone in the. circle, they are out. The runner chooses another child in the group to take his/her place and they become the next child to weave in and out of the windows and doors.
Movement activity: Centipede
Age: 5 years +
Minimum number of participants:
Resources needed: Clear space.
Other benefits: Teamwork, trust.
Instructions: Divide the group into groups of 5 or 6. The children ineach group sit on the floor and hold the ankles of the child behind them. They call out left, right and the group has to try to move while everyone is holding the ankles of the child in front of them. If there is more than one group they can have a centipede race.
Movement activity: Object Relay
Age: 5 years +
Minimum number of participants: 4
Resources needed: Clear space, a ball and a variety of objects (optional).
Other benefits: Imagination, teamwork, focus.
Instructions: Children stand in a line. If there are lots of childrenin the class you make more than one line. Each line has a ball. The ball must be passed down the line. The teacher calls out the instruction of how the ball should be passed down the line. Once the ball gets to the end of the line it has to be passed back. Suggested instructions:
If a team drops the ball then they have to go back to the beginning.
Extension: You could have a box of different objects that they must pass down the line. Each line should have the same objects. The line that gets all the objects down safely is the winner.
Movement activity: Bean Bag Balance
Age: 4 years +
Minimum number of participants: 2
Resources needed: Clear space, bean bags for each member of the class Other benefits: Focus, imagination, problem solving.
Instructions: The teacher gets the children put a bean bag on their heads and they walk slowly around the room. Once they feel comfortable the children can walk faster and faster. They can see if they can run with the bean bag on their head. Once they have mastered balancing the beanbags on their head then they can see if they can balance the bean bag on other parts of their body. Suggested Body Parts:
Again, they start off slowly and then they get faster and faster. The child that can balance on the most body parts and move the fastest is the winner.
Movement activity: Pick Up the Bean Bag
Age: 3 years +
Minimum number of participants: 2
Resources needed: Clear space and a variety of bean bags, a basket orbox for each child.
Other benefits: Warm up, teamwork.
Instructions: The teacher gets a variety of bean bags and spreads them across the space. The children have 10 seconds to see how many beanbags they can collect. The group could divide into sub-groups of three or four and have a race to see who can pick up the most beanbags in the time allotted.
Movement activity: Roll the Dice
Age: 3 years+
Minimum number of participants: 2
Resources needed: Clear space, a dice for each member of the group.
Other benefits: Creativity, memory, focus.
Instructions: Everyone rolls their dice together. Each number corresponds to action such as: 1 Wiggle your body for 10 seconds. 2 Spin around 5 times. 3 Stand on your right leg for 15 seconds. 4 Hop 10 times. 5 Make a large circle with your arms 10 times. 6 Close your eyes and take 5 deep breaths. Once the children have become used to the actions, get them to come up with their own actions for each number.
Movement activity: The Troll’s Bridge
Age: 4 years +
Minimum number of participants: 3
Resources needed: Masking tape, objects to carry.
Other benefits: Energy, focus.
Instructions: Make a bridge with the masking tape. Tell the children that they are crossing a very narrow bridge and there is a troll thatlives underneath it. The children are crossing the bridge going to visit their friend. They are carrying a variety of objects with them.The children are told the troll won’t bother them if they stay on the narrow bridge and don’t drop anything. If they fall off the bridge or drop anything then the troll chases them. The troll can be the teacher or another child. If you want to make it more difficult tell them. to carry the objects over the bridge on their head.
Movement activity: Cooperative Chase
Age: 3 years +
Minimum number of participants: 6
Resources needed: Clear space.
Other benefits: Warm-up, teamwork.
Instructions: One child volunteers to be “It.” If he catches another child in the group then they join together and connect. The connected pair need to work together to catch a third child who in turn would connect to them. They do it until everyone is connected. If the group catches someone and the connection is broken, then that child is free to go.
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Characters: Three storytellers, Woman, Old Witch, Old Mother Toad, Thumbelina, Toad, Fish 1, Fish 2, Butterfly, Black Beetle, Beetle 1, Beetle 2, Mouse, Mole, Swallow, Tiny Man.
Storyteller 1: Once upon a time, there lived a woman. (Woman is sitting on a chair in the centre of the stage, looking very sad.)
Storyteller 2: The woman was very sad because all she wished for was to have a child of her very own that she could love.
Woman: Oh, how I long for a child to hold in my arms.
Storyteller 3: An old witch was passing by and she heard the woman’s wish. (Old witch hobbles on to the stage and she stops when she hears the woman talking.)
Old Witch: Here, take this barley corn. If you plant it carefully in the ground, your wishes will come true. (Old Witch gives the woman the barley corn but the woman looks very confused.)
Storyteller 1: The woman was confused but she took the barley corn and planted it carefully in the ground.
Storyteller 2: One day…
Woman: What a beautiful red and yellow flower. (She kisses it.)
Storyteller 3: Pop! The flower opened and out jumped a tiny girl.
Woman: Oh my goodness, what a beautiful girl you are, but you are so tiny. You are no bigger than my thumb. I shall call you Thumbelina.
Storyteller 1: The woman and Thumbelina lived happily together.
Storyteller 2: Thumbelina slept in a bed made of a walnut shell and she floated up and down the river in her nice, comfortable shell.
(An old toad comes hopping on to the stage.)
Old Mother Toad: (Looks at Thumbelina.) What’s this? It is a tiny girl. She will make a perfect wife for my son. I will just take this walnut shell and no one will miss her. (She pushes the walnut shell down the river.)
Storyteller 3: Old Mother Toad swims down the river with Thumbelina fast asleep in her walnut shell.
Storyteller 1: When Old Mother Toad got to the swamp, she tied the shell to a waterlily stem.
Old Mother Toad: Toad, Toad, come here look what I found. (Toad comes running on stage. He looks at the sleeping Thumbelina and smiles.)
Toad: She is perfect. (He rubs his hands together and smiles with glee.)
Storyteller 2: The next day, Thumbelina woke up.
Thumbelina: What’s going on? Where am I? This is not my home. (Looks at the toad.) Who are you?
Old Mother Toad: I’m old Mother Toad and this is my son, Toad.
Toad: My mother thought you would make the perfect wife for me. (The two toads hop off stage.)
Thumbelina: But I don’t want to marry a toad and live in a swamp. (Thumbelina tries to free her walnut shell from the waterlily stem but she can’t. She starts to cry.)
(Two fish swim by and they stop when they hear the sobbing.)
Fish 1: What’s the matter?
Thumbelina: Old Mother Toad kidnapped me from my home. She wants me to marry her son.
Fish: We will help you. (They start to bite through the rope.)
Fish 2: At last we have done it. Now you are free.
Thumbelina: Oh, thank you, Fish.
Fish: Good luck, Thumbelina. (They wave goodbye as Thumbelina floats down the river in her walnut shell.)
Thumbelina: Bye, bye. I’m so happy to escape those horrid toads.
(A butterfly lands on the shell.)
Butterfly: Hello, what’s your name? What are you doing?
Thumbelina: I’m Thumbelina. An old toad stole me from my home. She wanted me to marry her son, but two nice fish helped me escape. I just want to go home.
Butterfly: Hold on tight to me and I’ll pull your walnut shell so you can get home faster.
(Enters a big black beetle on to the stage.)
Black Beetle: Look at that butterfly with that beautiful girl. I must take her and show her to the other beetles.
Storyteller 3: The big black beetle swooped down and scooped Thumbelina up and flew off with her.
Butterfly: Hey, come back! You can’t just take her.
Black Beetle: Ha, ha. I just did. See you later, butterfly.
Black Beetle: Look what I found. A beautiful tiny girl.
Beetle 1: She is not beautiful.
Beetle 2: She doesn’t have any feelers.
Beetle 1: And she has only two legs.
Beetle 2: I have never seen anything so ugly in my life. Get rid of her at once.
(Beetle flies off with Thumbelina and then he sees a daisy. He put her down gently on the daisy.)
Black Beetle: I will leave you here, Thumbelina, on this daisy.
Thumbelina: I just want to go home, but I’m stuck here.
Storyteller 1: Soon summer passed and winter came. It began to get colder and colder.
Thumbelina: (Shivering.) I won’t survive the winter if I don’t find a warmer place to stay.
Storyteller 2: She climbs down from the daisy and enters a field, and there she meets a mouse.
Mouse: You look cold and hungry. Come warm yourself by my fire and you can eat my food. You can live with me until winter is over.
Thumbelina: Thank you, mouse. I will cook and clean for you.
Storyteller 3: Thumbelina lived with the mouse for a few weeks. She cooked and cleaned for him. One day, mouse came home. He was very excited.
Mouse: I just got a text from my friend mole. He heard I had the most beautiful girl staying with me. He wants to meet you. Let’s go and visit him.
Storyteller 1: They trundled through the field and they came to a tunnel.
Thumbelina: I don’t want to go down this tunnel.
Mole: It is the only way we can reach Mole’s house.
Storyteller 2: Finally, Thumbelina agreed to go through the tunnel. They were halfway there when they saw a dead swallow.
Thumbelina: We must help him.
Mouse: He is dead.
Thumbelina: Let me put a blanket over him.
Mouse: That is a waste of a good blanket.
(Thumbelina puts the blanket over the swallow and they continue the journey.
Suddenly, Thumbelina hears something and turns around quickly.)
Thumbelina: What’s that?
Mouse: I don’t hear anything. We have to continue our journey it is getting late. Mole is waiting for us.
Thumbelina: It is a soft thump. Listen. It’s the swallow’s heart. He isn’t dead. Mouse, get him some water.
Swallow: Thank you.
Thumbelina: Swallow, I will look after you. Come and stay with us at Mole’s house.
They go off to Mole’s house.
Mole: What’s all this?
Thumbelina: It’s a swallow. We must care for him or he will die.
Mole: Oh very well, come in.
Storyteller 3: At the end of winter, Mole announced.
Mole: Great news, Thumbelina. I’ve decided to marry you.
Mouse: Congratulations, Thumbelina. You are so lucky; Mole is very rich.
Mole: Mouse will return to field and you will stay here with me underground.
Thumbelina: I don’t want to stay underground forever. I want to be outside in the warmth and the sunshine. (She starts to cry.)
Swallow: I’ve an idea. I’m strong enough to leave. Jump on my back and we can fly away.
Storyteller 1: Thumbelina jumped on the swallow’s back and away they flew.
Thumbelina: Bye, Mouse. Thanks for everything.
Mouse: Bye, bye.
Mole: How ungrateful?
Swallow: Do you see those beautiful flowers below.
(Thumbelina nods her head.)
Swallow: Choose one of those flowers and I will put you down there.
Thumbelina: That one, there. (She points to one.)
Storyteller 3: The swallow put her down gently and there sitting in the flower, was a tiny man with a golden crown.
Tiny Man: Hello? Fancy meeting you here.
Thumbelina: I’m Thumbelina. Who are you?
Tiny Man: Every flower has a sprite living in them. I’m the King of all flower sprites.
You are so beautiful. Will you marry me?
Thumbelina: Oh yes.
Tiny man: Here take these wings. Now you can fly from flower to flower and visit the other flower sprites.
Storytellers: They lived happily ever after.
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Char2acters: Three storytellers, the crocodile, the crocodile’s wife and the monkey.
Storyteller 1: Once upon a time there lived a crocodile that lived in the river Ganges in India.
(Crocodile enters stage swimming slowly.)
Storyteller 2: On both sides of the Ganges there were large music fruit trees.
Storyteller 3: A monkey lived in one of the trees. He ate fruit all day.
(Monkey mimes eating fruit.)
Monkey: These fruits are so delicious and juicy I’m so lucky to live in a fruit tree.
(Crocodile sits under the tree for shade.)
Crocodile: It is very hot I think I will sit under this tree and sleep in the shade. (Looks up.) The fruits on tree look so delicious. I wish I could climb the tree and pick some.
Monkey: (climbs down from the tree) Since you are resting under my tree, you are my guest. Please come and taste some of my delicious fruits.
Storyteller 1: The monkey plucked the juiciest fruit off the tree and gave it to the crocodile.
Crocodile: Oh thank you Monkey you are so kind.
Monkey: You are welcome. Come again, any time.
Storyteller 2: Soon, the crocodile came every day. They would eat the fruit and talk to one another for hours.
(Crocodile and the monkey mime having a conversation and eating lots of fruits.)
Storyteller 3: One day as the crocodile was leaving to swim home. The monkey gave him some fruit.
Monkey: Crocodile give these fruits to your wife. I plucked them especially for her.
Storyteller 1: The crocodile swam home and gave the fruit to his wife, She was very happy.
(Crocodile swims home and gives his wife the fruit.)
Crocodile’s wife: These fruits are delicious. I have never tasted such sweet fruit in all my life. Where did you get them from?
Crocodile: I got them from my friend the monkey. He lives in the fruit tree so he knows which ones are the sweetest.
Crocodile’s wife: Does the monkey eat fruit every day?
Crocodile: Yes, only the sweetest and juiciest ones. Why do you ask?
Crocodile’s wife: Because that means his heart must be so sweet. If I eat his heart I would remain young and beautiful forever. You must steal the monkey’s heart and give it to me.
Crocodile: But he is my good friend. He is my only friend. It would be unfair for me to steal his heart.
Crocodile’s wife: (gets angry) If you loved me you would do it.
Crocodile: Do not get anger my dear, I will do as you wish.
Storyteller 2: The next day the crocodile swam to the riverbank and reached the tree where the monkey lived.
Monkey: Crocodile, you are late today. I thought you weren’t coming.
Crocodile: My wife has made a meal for you. She has invited you to tea because she wants to thank you for giving her your beautiful sweet fruit.
Monkey: That’s very kind of her but I’m a land animal, I can’t swim.
Crocodile: We live on a sand bank just jump on my back and I’ll take you there.
Storyteller 3: The monkey hopped on the crocodile’s back and away they went.
Monkey: Slow down, Croc. You are going too fast.
Crocodile: I’m sorry Monkey but I have to go fast because my wife wants to eat your heart for her tea.
Monkey: Oh Croc, you should have told me this before we left. I always keep my heart in the hollow of the tree for safe keeping.
Crocodile: I’ll take you back to the tree and you can collect your heart.
Monkey: That would be great.
Storyteller 1: Crocodile turns and swims back to the tree where the monkey lives upon reaching the bank the monkey jumps off the crocodiles back and clambers up the tree. After a while the crocodile says…..
Crocodile: Monkey, you must have found your heart by now. My wife will get angry if we don’t arrive soon.
Monkey: You are so foolish crocodile. Don’t you know your heart is within yourself? It was a trick to save my life. Now leave my tree and never come back again.
Storyteller 2: The crocodile left empty handed.
(Crocodile’s wife looks very angry.)
Storytellers: The moral of the story is at times presence of mind pays well.
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Drama is a great way of expressing emotions. Explain to the children everything we do and every thought we have comes with a feeling. Sometimes the feelings feel good and sometimes not so good. Some feelings are strong, some are weak. When we feel something we can choos want to do about that feeling. Sometimes we try to ignore it and it goes away and sometime it takes over and we cannot think of anything else. When you get a feeling, first work out what it is and come up with an idea about what to do about it.
When you are feeling…….
Everyone makes mask with different emotions. Walk around the trying portray their emotions.
The rest of the class has to get what emotion you are portraying.
ACTIVITY: EMOTION ACTION SONG.
The song is a variation on the classic “If You Are Happy, And You Know It.”
When I sing this, I over exaggerate my faces. And I encourage the children to make the faces along with the body language. So often we focus emotion lessons only on faces, but children’s bodies tell us how they are feeling too.
If you are happy, and you know it clap your hands
If you are happy, and you know it clap your hands
If you are happy, and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you are happy, and you know it, clap your hands.
Now replace happy with different emotions:
Mad – cross your arms.
Frustrated – stomp your feet.
Excited – jump up and down.
Sad – make a frown
Scared – hide your face.
Pair the children up. One child makes an emotion face and their partner identifies the emotion and duplicates it.
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A Play script for children – The Frog Prince
Characters: Two storytellers, Beggar Man, Mouse, Man, Woman, Daughter, Wizard, Giant Turtle and Buddha.
Storyteller 1: Once upon a time there was a homeless man who begged every day for food.
(People pass by and give him food.)
Beggar Man: I’m so lucky that kind people give me food.
(Beggar Man falls asleep and mouse creeps up and steals his food. The Beggar Man wakes up suddenly and sees the mouse.)
Beggar Man: Mouse, why are you stealing my food. I’m just a poor beggar man.
Mouse: I’m doing you a favour because no matter how much you beg or how generous people are, you will never be allowed to keep more than eight items.
Beggar Man: You has decided that I can’t ow more than eight items.
Mouse: The Buddha has decided.
Beggar Man: But why me?
Mouse: Why don’t you go find him and ask him.
(Mouse scampers off with the food.)
Beggar Man: Well, I better go find the Buddha and ask him why I’m not allowed to possess more than eight items.
Storyteller 2: So the beggar man gathered his few belongings and went on a journey to find the Buddha.
Storyteller 1: He travelled all day. As night fell, he grew cold and hungry.
Beggar Man: There is no sign of the Buddha. I’m tired and hungry. There is a light over there. Perhaps if I knock on the door, they may let me stay for the night.
(He Knocks on the door. A man opens the door with a warm smile.)
Beggar Man: I’m cold and hungry, please can I stay the night?
Man: Of course, Please come in.
Woman: Sit down and have some food with us.
(He enters the house and sits down on a table with the Man, woman and their daughter.)
Man: Where are you going at this time at night?
Beggar Man: I’m going to find the Buddha. I’ve a very important question to ask him. I just need a good night’s sleep and I’ll be on my way early in the morning.
(Man and woman look at each other.)
Woman: We have a question for you to ask the Buddha.
Man: Our daughter can’t speak. Please ask the Buddha what we need to do hear her beautiful voice.
Beggar Man: Of course, I’ll ask the Buddha your question. Thanks you for the food and bed.
Storyteller 2: The beggar man continues on his way and his quest to find the Buddha.
Storyteller 1: He comes across a range of mountains.
Beggar Man: Oh dear, the mountains look to difficult to climb but I really need to find the Buddha to ask my questions.
(He starts to climb the mountains.)
Beggar Man: This is very difficult. I will never make it. (he sits downs and starts to weep.)
Wizard: What’s the matter, young man? Why are you crying?
Beggar Man: I’ve a very important questions to ask the Buddha but I can’t climb these mountains. I’ll never find him now.
Wizard: I’ll help you. We can use my magic to fly over the mountain come with me.
Storyteller 2: Wizard used his staff’s magic to fly the beggar man and himself across the mountains.
Beggar Man: Thank you so much, wizard. I’d have never made if it wasn’t for you.
Wizard: You are welcome but can I ask you a favour.
Beggar Man: Of course, I’ll do anything to show my gratitude.
Wizard: Can you ask the Buddha what do I have to do to get to heaven. I’ve been trying to get there for a thousand years.
(The beggar man nods his head and they hug and the wizard hops on his staff and flies off.)
Storyteller 1: The beggar man continues on his journey and comes across a river.
Beggar Man: I don’t believe this. How am I going to get across the river? (he sighs)
(Enters Giant Turtle.)
Giant Turtle: You look sad. What’s the matter?
Beggar Man: I’ve a very important questions to ask the Buddha and I can’t get across the river to find him.
Giant Turtle: Jump on my back and I’ll swim across. (The beggar man jumps on the Giant Turtle’s back and they swim across the river.
Beggar Man: Thank you, Giant Turtle. How can I repay you?
Giant Turtle: Can you ask the Buddha a question for me?
Beggar Man: Of course, what is your question?
Giant Turtle: Ask the Buddha why I haven’t become a dragon. I’ve been trying to become a dragon for 500 years.
(Beggar Man nods and hugs the giant turtle.)
Storyteller 2: Eventually the beggar man finds the Buddha under the Bodhi Tree.
Beggar Man: I’m so glad. I’ve found you. I’ve got so many question to ask you.
Buddha: I will only answer three questions.
Beggar Man: But I’ve four questions to ask and they all very important.
Buddha: Ask yourself, are they equally important?
Storyteller 1: The beggar man thought very carefully.
Beggar Man: Well, the giant turtle is trying to be a dragon for fifty years. The wizard has trying to go to heaven for 1000 years. The young girl will be unable to speak for the rest of her life if I don’t ask her question. I’m just a homeless beggar. I can go back and continue begging. My question is the least important by far.
(Beggar Man goes back to the Buddha.)
Beggar Man: My first question is how can the turtle become a dragon?
Buddha: Simple, he needs to leave the comfort of his own shell, unless he does that he will never be a dragon.
Beggar Man: My second question is how can the wizard go to heaven?
Buddha: He must put down his magic staff as it keeps him on earth. The moment he puts it down he will be free to go to heaven.
Beggar Man: My third question how can the young girl speak.
Buddha: She will speak when she meets her soulmate.
Beggar Man: Thank you for answering my questions.
Storyteller 2: The beggar man turned around and started his journey home. He meets the Giant Turtle.
Giant Turtle: Hey Beggar man, did you ask the Buddha my question?
Beggar Man: Of course I did. The answer is simple. Take off your shell and you will become a dragon.
(Giant Turtle takes off his shell.)
Giant Turtle: I’ve this priceless pearls in my shell. Here take them. I won’t need them anymore because I’m a dragon. Good bye and good luck.)
(The dragon flies off.)
(Enters the wizard.)
Wizard: Did you ask the Buddha my question?
Beggar Man: Of course I did. The answer is simple. Put your staff down and you can go to heaven.
Wizard: Here take my staff, Use its power wisely. Thank you.
(The wizard ascends into heaven.)
Beggar Man: I now I’ve wealth from the turtle and power from the wizard. He hops on the staff and makes his way back tom the family that gave him food and shelter.
Man: Hello, did you ask the Buddha our question?
Beggar Man: Of course I did. The answer is simple. Your daughter will speak when she meets her soulmate.
Daughter: Hello, you are the man that was here last week.
Woman: Looks like you found your soulmate.
(Daughter and beggar man hug.)
Storytellers: The moral of the story if you do good, you will be repaid.
If we’re willing to lend a hand to those who are struggling more than us, willing to help them, it may change the course of your life, your destiny. And the universe may repay you in such a way that you never would have imagined.
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