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GIVING AND SHARING – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: giving to the poor as you are able
SCRIPTURE Deut. 16:17, Prov. 28:27, Matt.6:3
Style: allegory/conversation: some children
. have toys and learn to share with others
Cast: YOUNG KIDS 1 – 3 (or more),
. POOR 1 (or more)
. (Depending on the amount of actors,
. you can reassign the lines accordingly.)
Set & Props: KID 1 has basket or bag with 10 nice toys,
. KID 2 has a basket with 4 nice toys,
. and one ugly/small toy.
. KID 3 has a basket with two toys,
. one nice toy, and one ugly/small toy
. (ie. trucks, or dolls)
NOTE: I will explain one scene. If there are more kids,
. you can have this same scene happening at 2 or 3
. different areas of the stage at the same time.
. For the dialogue, you only need one kid saying it
. at one of the groups, while all the other kids
. with the same role just act it out, like a shadow.
. You can put the younger kids in the shadow groups.
. You can have girls in one group, boys in another.
. This all should not be rushed. Each step should
. give time to let the message sink in.
(KID 1 goes to center stage with their basket of 10 toys.
Taking each item out of the basket,
KID 1 lays each toy out in a row to look at them.
POOR walks up to KID 1 and watches. Finally...)
P Can I play with you?
K 1 (shaking head) No! These are my toys.
(KID 1 continues to line up the toys
while POOR just stands and watches.
Finally, KID 2 walks up with their basket of 5 toys
and sits down beside KID 1.
KID 2 takes out their toys and starts to play.
Finally KID 2 looks up at POOR...)
K 2 Why aren’t you playing?
P (shrugging) I don’t have any toys.
K 2 Oh.
(KID 2 plays a bit, but keeps looking at POOR.
Finally, KID 2 studies all their toys.)
K 2 Let me see...
(KID 2 and picks out the smallest/ugliest one –
and holds it out to POOR.)
K 2 You can play with this one.
(POOR takes the toy gently.)
P Oh, thank you.
K 2 I’m just sharing, so I want that back, okay?
P Okay. Thank you.
(POOR eagerly sits down with KIDS 1 – 2 to play.
KID 3 walks up with basket of 2 toys ands sits down.
KID 3 slowly takes out their toys. Finally...)
K 3 Hi.
(POOR holds up the tiny/ugly toy with great excitement
and points at KID 2.)
P Look what he/she let me play with!
(KID 3 stops playing and looks at POOR.)
K 3 Why didn’t you bring some of your own toys
. from home?
(POOR shakes head.)
P I don’t - have any toys.
K 3 (calks largely) No toys? - At all?
(POOR and KID 1 – 3 continue to play quietly. 3
KID 3 takes the best toy and gives it to POOR.)
K 3 You can have this one.
(POOR smiles and takes the nice toy.)
P Thank you. I’ll give it back when we’re finished.
(KID 3 holds up a hand as in “no-stop.”)
K 3 No – you can keep it.
(POOR points at KID 3’s only other toy.)
P I can? But, now you only have one toy.
. And you gave me the best one.
(KID 3 shrugs and smiles.)
K3 I can only really play with one toy at a time.
. Besides, I have a few more at home.
P Thank you so much.
(POOR looks at the ugly/small toy and holds it out
to KID 2.)
P You can have this back then, so I don’t forget.
(KID 2 starts to take it, but pulls hand back.)
K 2 Oh, ah, that’s okay. You can keep that.
P Thank you. I’ve never had so many nice toys before.
(KID 1 balks at POOR and shakes head, wondering at this.
They all go back to playing. Finally...)
K 1 Oh, I hear my mom calling for supper.
K 2 Time to go home!
(KIDS 1 and 2 put all of their toys into their baskets.
KID 3 puts the one toy into their basket.)
K 3 Maybe we can play again tomorrow?
K 2 Yeah, see you.
(KIDS 2 and 3 take their baskets and exit.
POOR is about to leave with the two toys in hand.
KID 1 calls to POOR.)
K 1 Hey, wait!
(POOR turns to KID 1 who holds the entire basket out.)
K 1 This is for you.
P Those are all your toys.
K 1 I have a LOT of toys at home.
P But these are all so nice.
K 1 I WANT you to have them. Okay?
P Okay. Thanks.
K 1 You’re welcome. See you tomorrow.
(KID 1 exits. POOR puts the other two toys
into the basket and exits happily.)