Drama is an effective teaching tool because it stimulates imagination and critical thinking skills, engages a child in the material, improves comprehension and is often more enjoyable than other forms of instruction. Involving kids in the skit helps them own the material in ways not possible through a lecture or written material. A short skit can effectively teach health information to kids at home.
Select your topic and the health concepts you want to teach. For example, you could create a short skit to demonstrate the importance of hand-washing, bathing or the need to wear clean clothes every day. If you choose hand-washing, you want to teach proper technique, supplies you need and when hand-washing is appropriate.
Create a list of characters that you want to involve in the skit. In a hand-washing skit, you could have a parent and child only, or you could include a scientist who explains how germs make people sick, soap bubbles who explain their job in cleaning hands or germs who die or get washed away.
Write the basic story line you want to use. Choose the props you need and incorporate them into the story. Make the story enjoyable, entertaining and informative in ways appropriate to the audience. Keep health concepts simpler for younger kids and including more detailed health information for older children.
Add dialogue to the story to incorporate each health concept you want to teach. Work to maintain a smooth conversational style between skit characters. Read through the script after you add dialogue to ensure it is engaging and conveys the health information you are trying to teach without sounding like a lecture.
Provide stage directions to explain character movement, prop use and line delivery. For example, in a hand-washing skit, a child playing the character of a bubble could bounce up and down while delivering their dialogue or a child playing the character of a parent might shake a finger at the child who didn’t wash after toileting.
Create a final version of your script and hand out parts to your actors. Give them time to read through the script before you prepare to present the skit. Provide the required props and let the kids perform for an audience.
Items you will need
- Script copy
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