A summary of the Shelley Ann Vernon’s 30 funny skits for kids. This post is for teachers wanting to know exactly what topics are covered over the 30 role-plays.
Who are these role-plays for?
My plays are suitable for beginners and can be adapted to lower intermediate too. The optimum age range is from six to ten; however, I have used these skits with all ages between four and twelve.
Use these funny skits for kids in any order, and adapt the language freely to fit your exact vocabulary requirements and curriculum.
ESL plays language summary
1. What we want to be (professions)
Professions: Dancer, footballer, fighter pilot, nurse, astronaut, singer, and film star.
I’m a, we are…
Do you want to be?
No way. Yes, great idea!
2. The Robot (body parts)
Greetings: Good morning. How do you feel? I feel great. (Or use “Hello,” and “How are you?”)
Body parts of your choice.
Left/Right (optional – leave out for four and five-year-olds).
Please and thank you.
3. The Best Restaurant
Excuse me, sorry.
What would you like? I’d like…
Menu, bill, fly, flies, and insect.
Food: coke, burger, and soup – use any food you want here
4. Cars (possessives)
This and that, these and those.
Mine and yours.
Would you like to play cars? (Revises question form in The Best Restaurant)
5. Zoo Talk (animals & present tense)
Animals: zebra, giraffe, elephant, and monkey.
Body parts: head, neck, arms, tail, and trunk.
You are welcome.
Optional: we eat meat, grass, and bananas.
6. Growing Things (I’d like or I want or I’ll buy)
We’d like/you’d like/I’d like…
Seeds: carrot, flower, apple, and any that you add.
Money doesn’t grow on trees.
Optional: I want, we want, and I’ll buy.
7. Let’s Go For a Walk (places)
Let’s go for a walk.
Where shall we go?
No, not to the … that’s too far.
Park, football pitch, playground, shops, and any other places you want to add.
8. In the Library
Reading: library and books.
Book topics: planes, dogs, horses, and any that you add.
Would you like a book about..? I have a book about…
9. Mixed Up Magician
Animals: dog, cat, duck, and rabbit.
That’s a / that’s not a…
I’ll try again, or let us try.
Do you want to see a rabbit?
10. Story Time
What do you want?
You should be sleeping.
May we have a story?
We’re thirsty, we’re cold, and we’re hungry.
For one child change to I’m thirsty, I’m cold and I’m hungry.
11. Cold Weather (I don’t need, clothing)
Where are you going?
I’m going to play outside.
Put on your shoes, jacket, gloves, and any other clothing vocabulary.
I don’t need shoes. I don’t need a jacket or gloves.
You’ll catch a cold. / You’ve caught a cold.
You need some medicine. / No I don’t.
12. Shopping (where, what)
Where are you going? I’m going shopping.
I’ll come with you.
What are you going to buy?
A packet of peas, a slice of cheese, a pound of meat, and something sweet.
Are you sure? Sure, we’re sure!
Do you want..?
13. Dirt Is Fun
Look how dirty you are.
I / We like dirt. Dirt is fun.
But now you need to get clean. / Now it’s time for your bath.
We…made mud pies, dug a hole, and built a fort. Modify these to your purposes.
14. Tea Time (Do you like?)
Do you like / I don’t like
Beverages: coffee, tea, and milk.
I don’t know.
15. Bake a Cake
Who wants to make a cake? I / We do.
Cooking terms: mix, bake, and oven.
Food: eggs, milk, flour, and water.
16. Birthday Party
It’s Penny’s birthday.
Do we have a … for her?
Hurry, get a gift, cake, balloons, and items you choose to add.
17. My Party (future)
Will there be? / Yes, there will be.
Party items: cake, games, dancing, and presents.
18. Red, Yellow, Green
What is wrong?
Red means stop, green means go, and yellow in the middle means slow down.
I forgot / he forgot what the colours mean.
19. Ready Steady Go
Are you ready?
Wait, I forgot my bag, jacket, sunglasses, hat and keys.
We’re ready, let’s go.
Are you sure you’re ready? Yes we’re sure
20. Trading Game (my, your)
Play items: car, doll, ball, cards, and bubbles.
I will trade…
My and your.
21. Soccer Practice
Sports: team, player, and ball.
First, then, and next.
Stretch, run, pass, kick, and score.
22. Quiet Time (may)
May I / May we play?
Please do it quietly.
You are so noisy.
But we didn’t say anything.
Activities: play, play games, sing, and draw.
23. Seasons (seasons and seasonal activities)
Seasons: Winter, spring, summer, and fall.
We like, play, and, drink.
In the …
Activities: ski, surf, run, and fish.
Change the activities to be relevant to your class.
24. What Day Is It? (days of the week, daily routine)
Get up, it’s time for school. Get dressed, clean your teeth, brush your hair, and have your breakfast.
It’s Monday. No it’s not, it’s Tuesday.
Days of the week.
You’re all wrong.
There’s no school today.
25. Lost and Found (present perfect, prepositions)
Are you ready? Let’s go! (Revision from Ready Steady Go.)
I can’t go, I’ve lost my purse.
Where could it be?
I don’t know. (Optional: I know I put it somewhere safe.)
Maybe it’s …
Prepositions: on top of, under, and in.
Nouns: cupboard, bed, and drawers.
Have you found it?
26. Only Shirts (we sell, we don’t sell)
Clothing: pants (US) replace with trousers (GB) if required and shirt.
Store (US) replace with shop (GB) if desired.
I would like… (Revision from the Best Restaurant).
We don’t sell…
We only sell shirts.
27. Doctor, Doctor (body parts, it hurts)
Doctor, doctor my arm really hurts!
Which arm, this arm?
Ouch! That hurts!
Oh sorry, well take these M&Ms, and you’ll get better.
(Replace M&Ms with well-known sweets from your country.)
Mmm, yummy, thank you doctor, I feel better already.
28. The Rock Band (I play…)
Instruments: guitar, drums, and piano.
Musicians: guitarist, pianist, and drummer
I play the …
29. The Meeting (I want, office items)
Stay and leave.
I want to talk about …
Office items: computers, desks, chairs, lamps, pens, and telephones.
Excuse me, where can I find…
Please, thank you and bye.
Places: Public toilet, supermarket, cinema, library, bookshop, and sweet shop.
Add further places or swap in ones you prefer to use.
Out of order.
The alternative script uses places and buying a sandwich with no reference to a toilet.
Optionally: Giving directions
Funny skits for kids – success!
It has been three years or more since I have been using your materials. They are GREAT and have produced FANTASTIC results with kids as young as 3 and as old as 18!
My success as an English language drama teacher to Czech children is largely down to YOU and your wonderful plays. I have staged five performances in the past year, and the kids and their parents are ALWAYS delighted. The parents marvel at the kids’ confidence during their performance. Not to mention the complex structures they are able to use in a foreign language! Thank you again!’Eurydice Prentoulis, Czech Republic
Purchase these funny skits for kids in PDF here: 30 ESL Role-Plays. This book is also available in paperback, but the PDF is better if you want to print out a script. The paperback format is great for the staff room shelf.