Children enjoy being caught up in African spider’s web

Drummer boy: Peter Johnson enjoys the activity event at Doncaster Museum.               Picture:  Steve Taylor.
Drummer boy: Peter Johnson enjoys the activity event at Doncaster Museum. Picture: Steve Taylor.

A cunning and intelligent spider from African folklore was the theme of a special craft activity day at the Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery.

With the start of the new school year next week, it was the last chance for Doncaster children to take advantage of a programme of activities at the Chequer Road venue.

This one was based around the stories of Anansi, a spider trickster, who is one of the most important characters of West African and Caribbean folklore.

Anansi is a spider but he often acts and appears as a man.

Museum staff put African fabrics and masks on display to inspire the children into dressing a paper doll or making their own masks.

Activities included making cut and fold African animals, memory games, jigsaws and word searches.

Peter Johnson, aged eight, had a go on an African drum and his younger brother, Daniel, aged six, enjoyed making and colouring a cut-out and fold giraffe.

The event, attended by more than 130 children and parents, was in conjunction with the Precious Cargoes exhibition, celebrating world culture.