Do Drop In!
Characters: Wilma Water Drop, Willy Water Drop, Melvin Mallard, Slinky Mink, Molly Mole
Props: Tree, water sprayer
(puppets sway back and forth)
Wilma Water Drop Hi, Willy Water Drop. Gee, the waves are huge today here in the ocean. It’s like surfing! Weeee! This is fun!
Willy Water Drop You might like surfing, Wilma Water Drop, but I’m getting seasick.
Wilma I can hear the waves crashing on the shore. Maybe we’ll get tossed onto dry land!
Willy Oh, probably. Then we’ll have to go all the way through the water cycle to get back to the ocean.
Wilma Of course! That’s how water moves around, from here on earth, up into the air and back again. It’s fun being in the water cycle!
Willy You might have fun, but I’ll probably get stuck in a glacier for a million years.
Wilma We’ve had some adventures over the eons, haven’t we? A long time ago I rained down onto a dinosaur!
Willy Yeah, well I was boiling hot steam from a volcano. That was not fun!
Wilma But isn’t it great that we can be steam or water vapor or snowflakes? We get to move around and change form too!
Willy It makes my head spin.
Wilma Whoopee! We’re being thrown into the air. We’re sea spray now! We’re off for a ride through the water cycle! See you when we get back to the sea! (exits)
Willy Oh, great. Now I’m getting airsick! The wind is carrying me to shore. With my luck, I’ll probably end up in a fog bank. (exits)
Duck (singing to the tune of Little White Duck) I’m a little mallard duck, swimming in the water, a little mallard duck, doin’ what he ought-er. …Gee, the mist is heavy today. I can barely see across this pond. Such nice weather for ducks! I’d better oil my feathers to stay dry underneath.
Willy (appearing on duck’s back) Ooof. Where am I? It feels very slippery here.
Duck You’re on me, Melvin Mallard. You’re getting my feathers all wet, Willy Water Drop!
Willy I’m sorry, Melvin. I’m just a bit of sea spray, blown in from the ocean, and I just want to go through the water cycle and get back to the sea.
Duck Well, I can get you going on your way. I’ll just shake my wings. (tips up)
Willy Help! I’m sliding! (slides off)
Duck Like water off a duck’s back! Quack quack. So long, Willy Water Drop. (exits)
Willy Oh, great. Now I’m in a pond. Fresh water, yuck! No salt, no waves. (spray water) And now it’s raining! Oof! Hey, watch where you’re going, raindrops! Uh oh, the water’s rising. Looks like I’m going to be water over the dam. Heeelp! (exits)
Willy (moving in lateral circles) Isn’t this fun? I thought this river would carry me back to the sea, but I’m stuck in an eddy. I’ve been here for days.
Mink My, my, am I thirsty.
Willy Oh, great! I might end up inside a mink!
Mink Better yet, this looks like a good place to go fishing. I’ll just dive in here. (dives under and comes up)
Will Hey, you’re splashing me!
Mink Just call me Slinky Minky. Always making waves! Watch this! (dives down and comes up; water drop lurches to the side)
Willy Yikes! You splashed me right out of the water! Now I’m stuck on dry land.
Mink Well, when you’re dealing with me, things can change in the mink of an eye!
So long, Willy Water Drop. (exits)
Willy Oh, boy. Now I’m sinking, into the ground! Help! (exits)
Mole Now, now, what’s this? Water in my tunnel again! Well, I never!
Willy It’s just me, Willy Water Drop. I just want to keep going through the water cycle, but now I’m stuck underground.
Mole Well, well, you’re just making a mountain out of a mole hill.
Willy Easy for you to say, Molly Mole. You can dig yourself out of a bad situation, but I just have to wait and wonder.
Mole What you need are roots, Willy, tree roots. There are plenty of them down here. I should know. It’s all I can do to keep them out of my tunnels.
Willy Tree roots? You mean all these stringy things that keep tangling me up? How will they help me?
Mole Trees take water from the soil and carry it to their leaves. Then they let it out into the air. Trees are a big part of the water cycle. You should look for roots, Willy! Good luck. (exits; put up tree prop)
Willy Just what I need – some mole advice. Well, here’s a root and…uh oh! I’m being pulled inside! Heeelp! (exits, reappears above tree) Hey! I made it through the tree! (lower tree) Now I’m floating in the air.
Wilma Hi, Willy! I didn’t know you were here in the clouds. How was your ride through the water cycle?
Willy Well, I got dunked in a pond, washed over a dam, caught up in an eddy, and pumped through a tree trunk.
Wilma That sounds awful!
Willy Are you kidding? It’s the most fun I’ve had in ten thousand years!
Wilma Want to do it again? We’re starting to rain and we’re right over the ocean!
Willy You bet! Let’s drop in for another trip around the water cycle! (spray water)