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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...)
.                                                      2
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?
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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.)