In Search of the Sun
Listen closely… Do you hear it? Ca-caw ca-caw ca-caw! Ca-caw ca-caw ca-caw! Ca-caw ca-caw ca-caw!
If you’ve walked into Budding’s on a Thursday afternoon recently, you might have heard sounds bordering on cacophony. Of course, loud noises are no surprise in a daycare; however, these particular noises are the crows of a group of ravens, otherwise known as an unkindness.
Their leader, the feathery, dark, and handsome capital-R Raven, has taken his friends on a long and winding journey across the Fantasy Forest. Thursdays, our Fantasy Forest crew have been answering Raven’s call and solving the many riddles he’s laid out for them.
Last Thursday saw our Fantasy Foresters explore the classic Mexican folktale The Lizard and the Sun by Alma Flor Ada. Much like Raven’s own story, this tale revolves around a sun which has disappeared from the sky. After it goes missing, the animals go searching for the sun among the rivers, lakes, forests, and jungles of the ancient Maya civilization. After trying and failing to find it, all the animals give up except the faithful lizard.
Like the animals, our Big Kids searched high and low for the sun last Thursday, embodying the animals of the story. Mason took flight as an eagle and Heron slithered around in search of the sun as a lizard. After listening to Raven’s clues carefully, they discovered the fiery orb hiding in a basket of balls, not unlike the lizard in our story, who found the sun among a pile of rocks.
In the folk tale, the emperor organizes a feast to celebrate the lizard’s discovery. At Budding’s, we celebrated with a feast of “lizard snacks” a.k.a. pasta with avocado-garlic sauce. Despite its reptilian appearance, the sauce was a bonafide hit!
After chowing down on our snacks, we continued the festivities with a Mayan dance party beneath the piano box pyramid in Budding’s front room. As we danced, the sun rose higher in the sky until it reached the top of the pyramid, just as it did in The Lizard and the Sun.
Join us this Thursday and next for the final two installments of Fantasy Forest. We have more tales to read, more riddles to solve, and a castle waiting for us at the end of it all!