Today was my last storytime of the summer! YEAH! (More about that later!)
We had a really fun time today with the book Anansi and the Talking Melon retold by Eric Kimmel. This selection is a bit longer than many of the books I use for storytime, as I have an 80/20 ratio of wigglers vs. non-wigglers, however the kids really got into the storyline and enjoyed it.
If you aren't familiar with the story, Anansi, the trickster spider, waits until Elephant is done in the garden, slips into a melon, and eats until he has doubled in size. Unfortunately he cannot get OUT of the melon, so he decides to have a bit of fun when Elephant returns. Elephant tries to pick the melon, but Anansi yells "Ouch!" as if he were the melon. Hilarity ensues when Elephant takes the talking melon to the king.
Using the melon theme, I bought cantaloupe for the kids to try. Living in Indiana, most kids have eaten cantaloupe until they almost explode. I did have one child today try it for the first time, because he saw all his friends eating handfuls of it. He liked it! I told the caregivers I'll do a vegetable theme one of these days to get them to eat their veggies.
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I got an idea from Starting with Stories to make "melons" from tennis balls. I bought a billion plastic spiders from Oriental Trading. I had a huge box of dead tennis balls in the program room from who-knows-how-long-ago and figured I could chop a hole in them, paint them, then say TADA ANANSI'S MELON! So I asked my volunteer, Beth, to cut a few tennis balls for me...
Evidently tennis balls are ridiculously resilient. Beth asked Sharon, the admin assistant here at MPL, for input on how to put slits in tennis balls. She said her husband had a Dremel, and she would have him bring it in.
So I walk back to the workroom after smelling something foul...Sharon's husband was cutting slits in tennis balls, which stink to holy hell, AND he chopped a huge gash in his finger. I was like...
Okay...didn't know that it was going to take 3 people to cut tennis balls. I applauded them for their efforts, said that it wasn't that deep, and that I could find another activity...because whoa. Beth said that she thought the activity was amazing and that they would take their operation to the basement...where there's a vice to hold the tennis balls and it wouldn't stank up the place.
So fifty tennis balls later:
The kids really loved the tennis ball thing. I'm glad I did it, but wouldn't do it again on a large scale because of the crazy cutting ordeal.
I also had paper, crayons, glue, and googly eyes to make spiders. Super cute!
Do you have a favorite folk tale that you use in storytime?