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The Littest Christmas Tree – A five minute Christmas play for children

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Narrator – Long ago in the forest there were 3(or they can be as many as you want) beautiful Fir Trees. These 3 fir trees hoped that someday they would be Christmas Trees. They were very patient and each day they grew and grew

(Trees walk up to the front. Trees will stay up front.)

All Children sing to the tune of I’m a little Tea Pot
I’m a little fir tree growing tall
Someday I’ll be the best of all.
I’ll go home with a family and
A Christmas Tree is what I’ll be!

Narrator – So the trees waited excitedly for a family to come and pick them for their Christmas Tree and then one day it happened! A family came to the forest!
(Family walk up to front beside trees.)

Family – tune of Muffin Man
Oh will you be our Christmas Tree
our Christmas tree our Christmas tree.
Oh will you be our Christmas Tree
and sparkle on Christmas Day?

Narrator – The family walked around all the trees and decided to take home the very biggest tree they could find! The dad brought out his axe and cut the fir tree down and off they went!

(Family and biggest tree go back to spots.)

All Children – tune of I’m a Little Tea Pot
I’m a little fir tree growing tall
Someday I’ll be the best of all.
I’ll go home with a family and
A Christmas Tree is what I’ll be!

Narrator – Soon another family came to the forest and they looked at all the trees too. They didn’t want a great big tree and they didn’t want a small tree. They saw a tree that was just right!

Family – tune of Muffin Man
Oh you are just the perfect tree
The perfect tree, the perfect tree
Oh you are just the perfect tree
For us on Christmas Day!

Narrator – The family was so happy that they had found the perfect tree for their house that they cut it down and off they went.

(Family and middle tree go back to their spots.)

Narrator – The littlest Christmas tree was all alone and he was sad and lonely.
(Little tree is all alone up front.)

All Children – tune of Have you ever seen a lassie
Will I ever be a Christmas tree
a Christmas tree a Christmas tree
Will I ever be a Christmas tree for a happy family?

Narrator – Soon some beautiful red birds came and sat beside the little fir tree. They brought some of the feathers and string from their nest. They decorated the littlest tree with the feathers and the string.

(Birds come up and hook decorations on tree.)

Birds – tune of Are you sleeping
Don’t be sad, don’t be sad
We are here to stay
We are here to stay
We’ll be your friends on Christmas Day
We’ll stay and we won’t fly away.
Don’t be sad, don’t be sad.

(Birds can sit beside tree or go back to spot depending on the wiggle factor of the bird children!! )

Narrator – The littlest tree began to feel better. Soon some little bunnies hopped over to the little tree. They brought some berries that they had found on the way. They strung the berries on the tree.

(Bunnies hook berries on tree )

Bunnies – Red and Green – tune of Mary had a Little Lamb
Red and Green are Christmas colours,
Christmas colours Christmas colours.
Red and Green are Christmas colours, pretty Christmas colours.

(Bunnies can sit beside tree or go back to spot depending on the wiggle factor of the bird children.)

Narrator – The feathers, string and berries looked so pretty on the little tree that he began to feel like a Christmas Tree. He was just missing one thing!

All children – tune of Brother John
What is missing? What is missing?
On our tree? On our tree?
A twinkling Christmas star,
A twinkling Christmas star
That’s what we need, that’s what we need.

Narrator – It was starting to get dark, and the stars were coming out in the night sky. The stars knew that Christmas Night was the birth of a special baby and they had a big job to do. The stars were going to tell the shepherds about the baby Jesus lying in a manger.

All Children – Baby Jesus – Finger play
Baby Jesus fast asleep in his manger bed –

(Children make a cradle with hands and then put folded hands beside head to mimic sleeping)

Come oh come on tipee toes,

(Children make come on sign with hands and then get up on tipee toes).

See the one that loves us so.

(Children hold hand over eyes and then put hands over heart.)

Narrator: A little star wasn’t able to go with all the big stars and she heard the plea of all the animals and the little tree. She decided that she would go down and be a Christmas Star for the little tree.

(Star or stars come forward and stand beside little tree. If you need to fill more spots than you can change the narrators line to some little stars weren’t able to go and they decided to go down… )

All Children – Star – tune of Little Tea Pot
I’m a little Star from in the sky
I’ll sit on the tree top way up high
I’ll shine for you in my special way
And twinkle brightly on Christmas day.

Narrator – The star looked just beautiful on the little tree and now the tree felt just like a Christmas tree! In fact, he thought he was the most beautiful Christmas tree ever! Don’t you think so too?

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Christmas Stories On Stage is FREE Today on Amazon

 

Christmas Stories on Stage contains ten plays based on well known and cherished children’s Christmas stories.
The plays in the collection are
Rudolph: The Missing Reindeer
The Elves and the Shoemaker
Home for Christmas
Saint Bernadette
The Selfish Giant
The Little Match Girl
A Visit from Saint Nick
The Little Fir Tree
The Snowman
The Brave Tin Soldier

 

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How to use puppets as an Early Years Educator.

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  • Always make sure the child sees the puppet animated from the start and let him go back into his house still ‘alive.’ Eye contact is extremely important.
  • Get the puppet to look from one child to another- the puppet appears to know what it is talking about.
  • Quick glances back and forth express concern.
  • Double takes back and forth express surprise.
  • Not using eye contact is also very useful- if you ask the puppet something using its name and it looks at the ceiling or away, it is obvious that it’s trying to ignore you.
  • Stiff head and fixed eyes in the opposite direction express anger and rejection.
  • Slow glances back to you then away again express embarrassment or hurt.
  • Head movement- dropping head expresses sadness and slow movements express depression or sleepiness.
  • Head up for stubbornness.
  • Head to one side will express anger or confusion.
  • Let the puppet look at your class and then they will look at it.
  • The mouth opens on the vowels and closes on the consonants or to put it another way the mouth opens and shuts once for each syllable.
  • Children watch the beginning and ending of a sentence but not the middle.
  • Get the synch correct and you sustain belief in the character.
  • Keep the mouth open a little as this can be like a smile. Tight shut can look like a frown especially when used with quick jerky movements. Puppets do not need to move all the time.
  • Always use the puppet you feel most comfortable with, relax and enjoy!
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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: https://dramastartbooks.com/2017/10/08/2712/ 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.

Play: https://dramastartbooks.com/2017/10/08/the-enormous-turnip-a-five-minute-playscript-for-children/

 

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An Enormous Turnip – A Movement Story

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Read the following story. When the children hear the words in bold they must do the corresponding movement.

Word: Movement

Old Man: Hunch and walk with a walking stick
Turnip: Curl up body and make as small as possible
Pull/ Pulled: Mime pulling a rope
Wife: Mime stirring a pot
Boy: Mime playing football
Girl: Mime skipping
Dog: Move like a dog and bark
Cat: Move like a cat and meow
Mouse: Move like a mouse and squeak
Soup: Everyone drinks the soup from a bowl.

Once upon a time there lived a little old man. One day he planted a turnip seed in his garden. “This turnip is going to be very big and very sweet” said the old man. The turnip grew and grew and the old man decided it was time to dig up the turnip. He pulled and pulled but he couldn’t pull up the turnip. He said “I know, I will ask my wife to help me. Wife! Wife! Please help me to pull up the turnip”. His wife came and helped him. They pulled and pulled but they couldn’t pull up the turnip.
The wife said “I know, I will ask the boy to help us. Boy! Boy! Please help us to pull up the turnip”. The boy came and helped them. They pulled and pulled but they couldn’t pull up the turnip. The boy said “I know I will ask the girl to help us. Girl! Girl! Please help us to pull up the turnip.” The girl came and helped them. They pulled and pulled but they couldn’t pull up the turnip. The girl said “I know, I will ask the dog to help us. Dog! Dog! Please help us to pull up the turnip.”
The dog came and helped them. They pulled and pulled but they couldn’t pull up the turnip. The dog said “I will ask the cat to help us. Cat! Cat! Please help us to pull up the turnip.” The cat came and helped them. They pulled and pulled but they couldn’t pull up the turnip. The cat said “I know, I will ask the mouse to help us. Mouse! Mouse! Please help us to pull up the turnip.” The mouse came and helped them. They pulled and pulled and then suddenly they pulled up the turnip. Everyone was very happy and they all thanked the mouse. Everyone had turnip soup for dinner.

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The Enormous Turnip – A five minute playscript for children

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Characters: Three storytellers, old man, old woman, boy, girl, dog, cat and mouse.

(Stage Directions: storytellers on stage left and the old man in the centre. All the other characters are in a line off-stage or they can be on stage, with each character miming doing their own thing.)
Storyteller 1: Once upon a time there lived a little old man.
Storyteller 2: One day he planted a turnip seed in his garden. (Old man plants his seed.)
Old Man: This turnip is going to be very big and very sweet. (Looks at the audience.)
Storyteller 3: The turnip grew and grew.
Old Man: I think it is time to dig up the turnip. (Old man mimes trying to pull it up.)
Storyteller 1: He pulled and pulled but he couldn’t pull up the turnip.
Old Man: I know, I will ask my wife to help me. Wife! Wife! Please help me to pull up the turnip. (Wife holds on to him at the waist and they try pulling up the turnip.)
Storyteller 2: His wife came and helped him.
Storyteller 3: They pulled and pulled but they couldn’t pull up the turnip.
Wife: I know, I will ask the boy to help us. Boy! Boy! Please help us to pull up the turnip. (She calls for the boy and the boy comes to help them.)
Storyteller 1: The boy came and helped them. (The boy holds on to her at the waist.)
Storyteller 2: They pulled and pulled but they couldn’t pull up the turnip.
Boy: I know I will ask the girl to help us. Girl! Girl! Please help us to pull up the turnip. (He calls for the girl and the girl comes to help them.)
Storyteller 3: The girl came and helped them. (The girl holds on to him at the waist.)
Storyteller 1: They pulled and pulled but they couldn’t pull up the turnip.
Girl: I know, I will ask the dog to help us. Dog! Dog! Please help us to pull up the turnip. (She calls for the dog and the dog comes to help her.)
Storyteller 2: The dog came and helped them. (The dog holds on to her at the waist.)
Storyteller 3: They pulled and pulled but they couldn’t pull up the turnip.
Dog: I know, I will ask the cat to help us. Cat! Cat! Please help us to pull up the turnip. (He calls for the cat and the cat comes to help them.)
Storyteller 1: The cat came and helped them. (The cat holds on to him at the waist.)
Storyteller 2: They pulled and pulled but they couldn’t pull up the turnip.
Cat: I know, I will ask the mouse to help us. Mouse! Mouse! Please help us to pull up the turnip. (She calls for the mouse and the mouse comes to help them.)
Storyteller 3: The mouse came and helped them. (The mouse holds onto her at the waist.)
Storyteller 1: They pulled and pulled and then suddenly they and then suddenly they pulled up the turnip. (They all fall over.)
Storyteller 2: Everyone was very happy and they all thanked the mouse. (Everyone shakes hands with the mouse.)
Storyteller 3: Everyone had turnip soup for dinner. (The wife mimes giving each one of them a bowl of soup and they mime drinking it.)

 

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Humpty Dumpty – a 5 minute play script for children.

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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.

For more plays based on Fairytales click on the link below.