January 4, 2023

Folktales Week Jamaica Night (1-4-2023)

by Chompers

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Tonight on Chompers, it's the conclusion of our Anansi folktale from Jamaica!

Where to Listen


>> Rachel: Welcome back, it's time for more Chompers, your morning and night toothbrushing show! 

Start on the top of your mouth on one side, and brush all the way back to the molars. 

>> Kids: 3, 2, 1 brush! 

>> Rachel: It’s Folktales Week, and today we’re hearing a story from Jamaica, about Anansi the spider (SFX SPIDER).

Anansi had this great idea, to collect all of the common sense in the world.  Common sense is what we use to solve problems.

So Anansi collected all of the common sense in the world,r and put it in a pot … but then he started to worry … what would happen if his pot was stolen!

Anansi was going to have to protect his pot! So he tied a rope around the pot, and slung it in front of himself, and looked for the tallest, hardest to climb TREE.  

Switch your brushing to the other side of the top of your mouth, but don't brush too hard. 

Using all 8 of his legs (SFX SPIDER) Anansi began to climb the tree.

But this whole thing was harder than he’d planned. The pot was heavy.  And it was swinging in front of him like a big awkward necklace.

And then Anansi heard something strange … it sounded like … laughing!


>> Rachel: Anansi turned to look down (SFX spinning) and nearly lost his grip on the tree. But then he saw where the laugh was coming from.


From a little kid!

Switch to the bottom of your mouth, and keep brushing!

The little kid shouted up to him. 

Hey Anansi, this is so silly! If you want to climb the tree, why don’t you hang the pot BEHIND you, instead of in front of you!  You’re making it way harder than it needs to be!

Now, on the one hand, this made a lot of sense. But on the other hand … it made Anansi ANGRY!  He thought he had collected all of the common sense and put it in his pot … but here he was, getting told how to do something by a little kid!  Clearly he’d missed some common sense!

Switch your brushing to the other side of the bottom of your mouth, and brush the inside, outside and chewing side of each tooth. 

Anansi began to shuffle around to try to move the pot behind his back. But as he did he DROPPED IT! 


>> Rachel: The pot broke into a zillion pieces … and all of the common sense got away! It tumbled down a hill and got caught in a gust of wind, and blew in a zillion directions! 

Common sense blew all over the world! Everybody got a little of it, That's why you have some and I have some...but no one has it all!

That's it for Chompers tonight! Until tomorrow…

>>Kids: 3, 2, 1 spit!