This Anansi Tales Reading Literacy Activity Packet is helpful for adding supplemental literacy activities to any study of Anansi, the Trickster Spider. Also studied as folk tales, fables, moral tales, and trickster tales ( You can see how we used it when first studying Ancient Africa in our home here in our Anansi Blog
.), this packet includes three activities, most of which are offered in color and black and white.
This Activity Packet is also included at a cost savings in our Bundled Reading Literacy Packet - Library One
1. Anansi Spider Craft: A cut and glue activity. Students can practice cutting out Anansi, and following simple instructions to bend the spider legs into position. If using the black and white option here, students may also color Anansi first.
2. Character Map and Sentence Activity: We suggest doing the character map as a group activity first: children can brainstorm Anansi's character traits and write them in the word boxes. Then, the sentence activity can be completed as an independent assignment as they complete their sentence by choosing one of Anansi's characteristics.
3. Anansi Photo Craft: Sometimes Anansi is portrayed as a spider and sometimes as a man. Doing this craft, helps kids put themselves in the place of Anansi, by using a photo of themselves for Anansi's head. If photos aren't an option, there are many other ways to create a spider on this lovely African background.
4. Map of Africa. The Anansi tales originated in Africa, and it is always helpful for younger children to see a map of the country ahead of time. We decided to include our map for use here.