The Unicorns and Dragons – two of our preschool groups – have been reading stories about Anansi the spider, a classic trickster of folklore. Anansi stories originated in Ghana and are now enjoyed worldwide.
The preschoolers acted out a hilarious version of "Why Spiders Have a Thin Waist." A bed pillow with eight stuffed legs became our Anansi spider. In his greedy haste to attend two festival feasts on the same day, Anansi's sons each pulled on a rope tied around his waist to signal the start of the feasts. In the blink of an eye, our pillow spider developed a tiny, pinched waist. The classroom erupted in uproarious laughter and one preschooler commented that Anansi now looks like a floppy-eared bunny.