Lower Levels 3-4 Year Olds
These plays are here to be used. Feel free. But if possible I would like to know if you use them and can offer some staging/costume ideas if wanted. They were originally written for three, four and five year old ESL students in Taiwan and Turkey, however they have more challenging and longer lines than most kindy plays I have seen in English speaking countries. All the characters were originally played by two (the higher level) or four children, pairing weaker and stronger students together. The one thing all the plays have in common is that absolutely everyone ends up on the stage together at the end to sing a song. The higher level plays also include a chant.
Most characters have a similar amount of original lines. Some will repeat the chant several times more than the others but you can show the …. more difficult parents that their little darling has just as much to say as the others.
All props and sets are fairly easy to construct – you can make an awesome spout using an empty fridge box, some crete paper and a fan.
Stone Soup is based on the old fairy-tale. Happy Holiday on the typical bad experience. There’s a Bear in my Bed was an adaption of my story ‘There’s a Gorilla in My Bed’ because we already had a bear mask. Hole in the Middle of the Sea is based on the kid’s song. Old Lions, Are you my Mummy and Where are the monkeys? are all based on the very simple premise of having kids dress as animals and wander around the stage being cute. Incy Wincy Spider is based on the nursery rhyme.
A Tiger comes to Tea is based very loosely on the wonderful book ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ by Judith Kerr. ‘Who Sank the Boat?’ is based on the awesome book of the same name by Pamela Allen and features a chant I found on the website of the North Dakota Lewis and Clark Resource Collection.
Once again please feel free to use these plays.
Anyone representing Judith Kerr or Pamela Allen or the NDLCRC who wish me to remove these plays just let me know.
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