7-30+ characters, for ages 6-10. Ten-minute play based on a popular New Zealand folk tale.

This New Zealand folk-tale explains why the little kiwi bird has no wings. In the story, the guardian of the forest asks for one bird to volunteer to move to the forest floor to control the insect population. Every bird gives an excuse, except for the selfless kiwi. It is a story of sacrifice for the greater good.

As written, there are parts for seven characters, but the cast can expand to thirty or more by adding birds. The script is two pages long and the play runs seven to twelve minutes.

Also included are:

  • List of ten more birds, with lines
  • Fun facts about Oceania
  • Discussion questions
  • Six additional drama/learning activities

Drama Notebook has a collection of six short plays from six different continents that you can use to teach a unit on stories from around the world, or plays from various cultures!

North America – Nanuk and the Hunter
South America – Cormorant and Rainbow Snake
Asia – The Monkey and the Mango
Europe – The Little Red Hen
Oceania – Kiwi’s Gift
Africa – How Anansi got his Stories

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