Rainbow Resource Room
|Here you'll find ideas for dramatic
presentations that can be adapted or used for preschool graduation or 'Moving
On' celebrations. Show parents, family members and friends what preschoolers
have learned throughout the year as youngsters perform simple skits that
you create using these ideas. You won't find plays here, just ideas for
for Graduation & Dramatic Presentations
Graduation Skit: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Materials: Book The Very Hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle,
Description: Cut big butterfly wings out
of the poster board. Have each child
During graduation the teacher reads the hungry
caterpillar book and the children
Materials: Styrofoam bowls (they are easier
to cut the lip off of than plastic),
Description: Cut the lip off the styrofoam
bowl so that it fits the child's head
Hint: There are more graduation hat ideas in this theme.
Materials: Preschool class, parents, grandparents and siblings, food, drinks, face paint, diplomas, cameras, piñata, presents, good weather and a teacher.
Description: Instead of a formal graduation
my three preschool classes, parents
for A Patriotic Graduation
Materials: Red, white and blue graduation
caps small flags for children to carry,
Description: Classes will march in to Pomp
and Circumstance starting with the
As each graduate comes forward to receive his or her diploma the director says something positive and light hearted about the child. At this time the child is given a flower which he or she now gives to their parent.
Before the program begins and during refreshment
time a video will be playing
Comments: They will also say the Pledge
of Allegiance and sing
Cooking Idea for Graduation
cut the fruit by the foot into 2 ½ inch strips, then slice them
into thinner strips and fringe the bottom. Place a little icing on the
bottom of the
Comments: It was for my three year old's graduation. There were so many compliments! It is sure to be a hit at your party. Remember to check for peanut allergies.
Show: "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly"
Materials: Paper bags,
one for each child, patterns of the animals; fly, spider, bird, cat, dog,
cow and horse. I made my own. Construction paper, or felt for the
your animal the way that you would like it to look. Make
Nursery Rhyme Idea
Materials: Box, marker, clear contact paper, duct tape, pictures (coloring book), or draw them yourself.
Description: My activity is to take a box and on one side draw a picture as best as you can of an old lady's face (really big), with a big big mouth. I then cut out her mouth and duct tape the box shut. You will need all the pictures from the rhyme. I found the pictures in coloring books. I colored them and cut them out and covered them with contact paper.
You will need a fly, spider, bird, cat, dog, goat, cow, horse. I couldn't find a fly or spider so I made those myself. Even if they don't look that great the kids still love doing this. I pass out the pictures and as we sing the song the kids listen for their animal or bug and put it in the little old lady's mouth. Then after they reach in her mouth to pull them out to do it again. When were done we store the pieces in her mouth inside the box.
Activity & Graduation Presentation
You will need: Picture cards and the rhyme below.
This rhyme / story consists of a series of absurd situations that are repeated and become longer and longer. To help young children remember the "backward sequence" teachers (in advance) can put the animal pictures on cards to be held up in order of the animals "appearance".
There was an old woman who swallowed a fly,Verses:
I know an old woman who swallowed a bird.Extensions: After preschool children know the rhyme, they can role play the animals complete with sounds and actions. Thus developing, with the help of their teachers, a dramatic presentation.
Dramatics: Acting out "The Three Little Pigs"
Materials: 3 large cardboard boxes, paper plates, pink and brown paint, pink and brown construction paper also craft sticks.
Description: Together have the children paint boxes yellow (straw), brown (sticks), and red (brick) to represent the Three Little Pigs houses. Have each child choose to be a pig or the wolf, Paint the paper plate pink or brown. Have the children cut out triangle ears and a snout or a big nose for wolf and glue onto the paper plate. Cut out eyes for children to see through. Tape a craft stick to the back of the plate. Have the children act out the story of The Three Little Pigs.
Comments: This is a very successful activity.
Even the shyest child will love
Materials: Old T-shirts of adult, T-shirt dye or fabric paint.
Description: Paint or dye the T-shirt.
Allow to dry. Then have the children
Comments: Makes it more special that the children made the attire. Especially after having taken End-of-the Year Pictures in a real cap and gown!
Materials: Sentence strips, construction paper, paint and brushes, stapler and tape.
Description: Measure the child's head and staple the sentence strip so that it will fit correctly. The tape is to cover the ends of the staples so that they do not scratch the children's heads. Allow children to decorate the "headband" with paint and / or various other materials. Cut slots into the "top" of the band so that you can staple the desired piece of construction paper to the top.
Comments: Great prop for graduation ceremonies
and the parents will love it!
Materials: Yarn of various colors and scissors.
Description: Have children cut yarn (of choice) at an appropriate length to fold over and knot. Add one additional piece to loop through the previous bunch and this is used to attach to the graduation cap.
Comments: Great addition to graduation caps and very realistic!
Materials: Colored popsicle sticks, hot glue gun, photo of child, alphabet stickers and brand new crayola crayons.
Description: I took eight sticks and positioned them to make a picture frame. I then took a photo of each child in their graduation gowns. I pasted the picture to the frame and added one more stick to the back so that it would stand on its own. I then hot glued a brand new crayon on one side and on the other I used the stickers to spell out their name.
Comments: It just added to all the other nice things we used as a graduation display.
Literacy: Graduation Books
Materials: Poster board, binding materials, blank paper, and a photo of every child in the class.
Description: Around April, I make my children authors and illustrators of their own books and put them on display for graduation. The children are given 10 pieces of blank paper (1/2 of an 8 by 11 sheet). They decide what the title of the book is to be, then draw pictures on the blank sheets. I then take each child, one at a time, and write everything they said about their pictures. We dedicate their books and on the poster board (cut to size) draw a picture for the cover. On the back piece of the poster we paste the child's photo and tell about the author.
Comments: Parents were amazed to see their children with published books. We also made our own publishing name and made labels to put on our books.
Materials: Baby picture of each child, individual picture of each child participating in some activity, other photos of the children together and music to go along with the pictures.
Description: We took all of the photos of the children to a local video recording place. We had arranged all the photos from their birth photo to their individual pictures, then we added all of the others. We played "Jesus Loves Me" while their baby picture faded in with their individual picture. We then chose a song that was appropriate for the other photos. At the end of the video we listed the graduates and their teachers as the credits. At the end of that, we had a room full of crying parents!
Comments: This was a nice way for parents to remember their child's preschool years!
Materials: A sheet for each child graduating with questions and answers about each child. It is then displayed for all to read.
Description: Label the sheet All
About Me. List questions that would give information
about each child so that everyone would be able to read all about each
child. For example: What is your favorite food? Who is
your best friend? What is your favorite color? And so on.
Each Class at the End of the Year
Materials: Preparation with some songs.
Description: Each class, the 2's, 3's and
4's, invite parents to a program the last week of the school year.
Of all the things that we had to learn at school,To coincide with this, we send home seedlings that the children planted earlier in decorated paper cups. Big hit!
Hint: For ideas about planting take a look at the Plant Theme
Materials: Sun glasses, song from the Brady Bunch ($9,99 at Amazon.com).
Description: This year we are having a theme based
on Sun Shine. After the
Comments: The song is by the Brady Bunch. You can buy it at Amazon.com for about $9.99 plus shipping. We have been practicing and it seems soooo cool!!I think I'll go for a walk outside now.
Literacy: Acting Out A Story We Read
Materials: Book: Little
Red Riding Hood, scrap fabric for costumes, however you
can use construction paper if you don't have access to material
(my former job was a designer and I have
a lot of scrap material).
Description: We first read the story several times (book of the week) then I put all the children's names in a bag and for each character we pulled a name out of the bag. Since all the girls wanted to be riding hood this was the only fair way, We then acted out the story we read. The teacher being the narrator. They acted out over and over again, never getting tired of it. By the end of the week they knew the lines by heart. On the last day of the week I put real goodies in her basket and passed them out at the end.
Comments: For the children who do not want
to act, they can stand and be trees in forest.
Literacy and Dramatic Play Activities
Materials: Bear ears, teachers can attach felt ears to underwear elastic to create the ears, wigs, dresses, aprons, pants, shirts, jackets and 3 different sizes of bowls, spoons and chairs. Blocks to create 3 different sizes of beds.
Description: Read the story of The Three
Bears. Encourage the children to use the above listed props to act
out the story in the housekeeping area.
and the Three Bears"
Description: First, I read the story to the children. As I read the story, they help me emphasize the lines of each character. Once the story is finished, I talk to the children about the story and tell them that we are going to have a play in which they will be the stars. I tell them we need people to play the audience and people to play the characters.
Second, I describe the roles. Then, I explain to them, that I will be the narrator and I tell them what a narrator does. I then talk about the props and rehearse with them for example: These are the 3 chairs what did Papa Bear Say? Mama? Baby?.
Once we have rehearsed, the show begins. The characters get into positions and I begin to read. When the character has a part to say, the children have heard the story and rehearsed the part, so, they have no problem remembering what to say. You will be absolutely amazed. The children will imitate their voices and act out their part using their own creativity. Even the audience gives their full attention. I always see smiles and hear laughter.
After the play is over, I offer other members in the audience an opportunity to participate and we do it over again. I then, place the props into the housekeeping area so others can perform. They absolutely love it. What is even more special, is that they create their own Goldilocks and the Three Bears Story.
Comments: Teachers can ask children to draw
pictures of what Goldilocks did when she left the house of the Three Bears
and create a big book with a catchy title like, "Goldilocks Went Home And..."
Materials: The Kindergarten Wall by John McCutcheon
Description: In my class, we always learn
this song and sing it for our
It may be available at your library. An audio segment may be available for listening on Amazon.com or an MP3 site. The words are perfect:John McCutcheon: Mail Myself to You
When I was a little kid not so long
Believe, it worth going to some trouble to locate the song. Great tune, the kids love it, and it always brings a tear to the eye of parents and teachers.
Circle Time Rhyme Idea
Materials: Picture of monkey and popsicle sticks.
Description: I found a picture of a monkey in a coloring book and made enough photo copies for each child to have 5 monkeys. It was a pretty small picture so I photo copied it once then took the original and put them together and photo copied it again. Now I have 2 monkeys on one piece of paper. I took the original again and place it on this one and photo copied it again. Now I have 3. I did this till I had 5 monkeys on one page.
Once I had 5 on a page, I made enough photo copies of this page for each child and one extra just in case. I have saved this page so when we do this in later years I have this to use. I then had the children color the monkeys and put there initials on the back of each monkey.
Next, I cut the monkeys
out and then taped them to the popsicle sticks. Each of the kids took 5
monkeys and held them in one hand and we started the rhyme
One fell off (then we throw down one monkey into the middle of the table)
And bumped his head.
And the doctor said,
"No more monkeys jumping on the bed".
You may want to use other Fingerplays, Action Poems, Nursery Rhymes and Songs for your graduation or skit.
Materials: Paper and pennies.
Description: Make 5 different colors of paper flower to put on your finger and give each child a penny.
5 pretty flowers
in a flower store
Keep doing this until you have no more flowers left and than say:
No pretty flowers
in a flower store
5 Little Puppies
Materials: Words to fingerplay, idea is from "5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed".
Five Little puppies rolling on the bed.Continue with;
Four little puppies - hurt ear
Three little puppies - hurt paw
Two little puppies -hurt leg
One little puppy - hurt nose
Materials: Songs and Children
Description: I am a children's librarian and a former preschool teacher and I use a lot of music in my different activities! My students enjoy using props and themselves to act out songs.
3 of our favorites are:
We usually sing the song(s) once and then we become the frogs, ducks or monkeys!
With the frog song --- we take five
students and make them the
"Five green and speckled frogs, sat on a
speckled log eating
With the duck song ---- five students line up behind the Mother duck and we sing,
"Five little ducks went out one day, over
the hills and far a way and the Mother duck called "QUACK, QUACK, QUACK,
QUACK!!!!, But only four little ducks come back".
You can always add more ducks if you want to get through this activity quicker!
We do something similar with Monkeys Jumping On The Bed. The students love becoming very actively involved! We all have a great time with these songs.
To reinforce the songs, you can also use Eileen Christelow's book "Five Little Monkey's Jumping on the Bed" and Raffi's Read to Sing Book, "Five Little Ducks". Before long you have non-readers reading the song books.
Lots of rhymes about animals are in Nursery Rhymes About Animals
Idea: Dinosaur Tails
leg of a stocking
take the stocking and stuff it with newspaper. Then children fold
A3 paper in half length ways.
Wrap the zig-zag paper
around the tail with the pattern facing up.
Create A Dinosaur
Materials: Butcher block paper, markers and crayons.
give each child a large piece of butcher paper and ask them to draw their
favorite dinosaur and color or paint it. Place a second sheet of
paper under the first sheet and staple them together loosely, leaving a
small opening for stuffing. Stuff the dinosaur with crumpled newspaper
and add legs, horns,
Find songs, fingerplay and other ideas that can be adapted for a Dinosaur graduation presentation in the Dinosaur Theme.
in this theme!
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