‘Pip the Snow Fairy’ – A Christmas Drama Day!

Host your very own Drama Day and target the Prime Areas of Learning (ages 2 – 5)

No matter what your experience of drama, you can bring Pip the snow fairy to life and create a magical world for children to explore – all day long! Sing, dance, pretend, and play and send children home with an (imaginary!) snow fairy of their own to take care of during the Christmas holidays.

How it works:

1. Learn: Four teacher demonstration videos will show you exactly how to deliver this resource and manage your Drama Day with ease.

2. Play: Using your new skills, lead four fun-filled activities throughout the day – sing, dance, pretend, and play!

3. Make a difference: Contribute to the development of children’s personal, social and emotional skills, their communication and language, and their physical skills, while having lots and lots of Christmas fun!

What’s included:

  • Four drama activities that target the prime areas of learning: Communication and Language, Physical Skills, and Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Four demonstration videos and role play scripts

  • Music (MP3) and music video (MP4)

  • A ‘play at home’ task and letter home

  • Take home certificates

  • Ongoing support via our online support group

  • An imaginary snow fairy

An imaginary snow fairy?

Central to every activity is Pip an imaginary snow fairy, but don’t worry, even if you don’t usually lead pretend play, bringing this character to life is much easier than you might think.

Your pack includes four individual demonstration videos and because children love to copy, you’ll soon have a room full of ‘Pips’ – new friends to play with, long after each activity.

What a snippet of a teacher demonstration video!

Develop children’s skills:

  • Physical skills. Jump and dance in the snow and engage in active drama games

  • Personal, social and emotional skills. Take turns, listen, concentrate, and develop empathy

  • Communication and language. Learn new rhymes and songs. Practise debating, negotiating, and sharing ideas

Develop YOUR skills:

  • Drama skills. Learn how to use simple drama techniques to bring Pip the snow fairy to life

  • Confidence. No longer be daunted by the idea of doing ‘drama’, after all, drama is just another word for play!

What is a Christmas Drama Day?

A Christmas Drama Day is a day dedicated to celebrating Christmas through drama, movement, music, and play. You will lead a series of four activities, all of which start with a role-play between you and your imaginary friend, Pip the snow fairy. The final activity of the day is a group discussion that ends with children taking their imaginary snow fairy home for the holidays!

Is Pip the fairy a prop?

No, Pip the snow fairy is an imaginary character brought to life by the teacher (our short teacher demonstration videos will show you how) and who joins in with each activity throughout the day.

How do I prepare for the day?

Familiarise yourself with each activity, learn how to role play with Pip by watching each short demonstration video, and then spend a few minutes practising in front of the mirror if it helps! You don’t need to learn each role play script, but you may find it helpful to refer to them when leading each activity.

What will the day look like?

The day start will start ordinarily enough, until Pip the snow fairy arrives and the fun really begins…

1) ‘Snowy Days’ (music and movement activity). When it starts to snow, it can mean only one thing – Pip the snow fairy is nearby! Children meet Pip for the first time then play together in the snow – jump, kick, dance!

2) ‘One Snowy Night’ (drama game). It’s nearly time to decorate the Christmas tree but an exhausted Pip is tucked up (and snoring!) in bed. Let’s wake him up!

3) ‘The Counting Tree’ (drama game). How many Christmas fairies does it take to decorate a tree? Time to find out!

4) ‘A Christmas Thank You’ (drama game). It wouldn’t be Christmas without presents under the tree but how many ways are there to say, ‘thank you’?  

5) ‘Home for Christmas’ (whole group discussion). Children plan the perfect Christmas for their new friend Pip – where he will sleep, what he will eat, what will they play, and how will they help him if he feels homesick.

Do children need to dress up?

Children don’t need to wear costumes to experience the magic of a Christmas Drama Day, all they need is a little imagination! Having said that, it may be fun to wear a special outfit or come dressed as a favourite Christmas character.

What’s the support group?

You’ll automatically be added to our online support group when you sign up where you can chat with other parents and educators of preschool children. Ask questions, share ideas, seek support, and get inspired!

Do I have to be ‘good at’ drama?

If you can pull a funny face and make a child laugh, or put on different voices when reading a story, you already are good at drama! And don’t forget, your resource includes demonstration videos and ongoing support so anyone, no matter what their experience of drama, can deliver powerful and meaningful play.

When was Pyjama Drama established?

Pyjama Drama was launched back in 2005 in Mid-Wales, UK by drama teacher and mum of three, Sarah Owen who now runs the business with her sister, Rachel McKenna. Tens of thousands of children have benefited from our unique approach to play, both in the UK and internationally, and our high-quality training has been recognised in the Teach Early Years awards 2020 and 2021. Pyjama Drama is enjoyed in the UK, California, China, India and Malaysia.

What other training and resources are available?

Browse our full offering, from our monthly subscription service, online courses and anti-bullying curriculum for primary schools here: https://tinyurl.com/2p9csspe

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