Putting on a Play: Drama Activities for Kids

Putting on a Play: Drama Activities for Kids

by Paul DuBois Jacobs, Jennifer Swender, Debra Dixon
     
 
The newest title in our children's activity series, Putting on a Play provides everything dramatic kids need to know to put on a play all by themselves-from acting, writing a script, and developing characters, to props, costumes, and makeup. Kids will have everything they need to get their acts together!

Overview

The newest title in our children's activity series, Putting on a Play provides everything dramatic kids need to know to put on a play all by themselves-from acting, writing a script, and developing characters, to props, costumes, and makeup. Kids will have everything they need to get their acts together!

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3-4-This little book is a powerhouse of information. In a quick and concise format, the authors discuss how to write a script, design a set, make costumes, act the parts, and have lots of fun in the process. In short paragraphs they get readers to think about how a character walks and moves, dresses, and speaks. They talk about improvisation, props made from household objects, and scenery painted on old shower curtains or newsprint rolls. The authors offer lots of ideas for story lines and types of plays and give outlines for a few, but mostly this is a book of inspiration. An excellent beginning resource for any child or group of children interested in theater.-Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Library, UT Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586857677
Publisher:
Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date:
09/23/2005
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
6 Years

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Read an Excerpt

The Pirate Play

Hidden treasure! Swordfights! Sailing the high seas! You'll find plenty of action and adventure when you put on a pirate play.

Characters

Here are some characters for your pirate play. Who do you want to be?

pirate captain

first mate

cabin boy or girl

Keep in mind what you learned from the first chapter about acting your part. How does your character talk? How does your character walk? What does your character want?

Costumes

You will need:
a bandana

an eye patch

a pirate hat

a puffy shirt

pantaloons

an earring

Putting your costume together

Tie the bandana around your neck or wear it over your head. If you don't have a "real" bandana, any piece of fabric will do. To make an eye patch, cut a circle out of black construction paper or dark fabric. Make one hole on either side of the circle. Tie a piece of string through each hole. Then tie the two strings behind your head. For the pirate hat, any hat will do. Try two baseball caps with one bill facing out over your right ear, and the other bill facing out over your left ear. Draw a skull and bones on a piece of paper, and fasten it to the front with safety pins or tape. For a puffy shirt borrow a button shirt from your dad or a blouse from your mom. Roll up the sleeves. Leave the bottom few buttons undone, and tie a knot. Use a pair of colorful sweatpants for pantaloons. Pull them up to your calves to let your white socks show. And finally, the earring-if your ears are not pierced, see if your parents have clip-on earrings or use aluminum foil rolled into a ring to wear on your ear.

Meet the Author

Paul DuBois Jacobs and Jennifer Swender are a husband-and-wife team living in Brooklyn, New York. Paul has coauthored three books with musician Pete Seeger: Pete Seeger's Storytelling Book, Abiyoyo Returns, and Some Friends to Feed: The Story of Stone Soup. Jennifer is an early childhood educator and curriculum developer. Paul and Jennifer's favorite subway line is the Q train.

Paul DuBois Jacobs and Jennifer Swender are a husband-and-wife team living in Brooklyn, New York. Paul has coauthored three books with musician Pete Seeger: Pete Seeger's Storytelling Book, Abiyoyo Returns, and Some Friends to Feed: The Story of Stone Soup. Jennifer is an early childhood educator and curriculum developer. Paul and Jennifer's favorite subway line is the Q train.

Debra Spina Dixon is a native of Northern California, who has been creating award-winning illustrations for eleven years. Her colorful work has appeared in numerous national publications and advertising campaigns. Currently, she lives in beautiful Portland, Oregon, with her husband, two children, and faithful dog, Remi.

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