Lions, tigers, and dragons, oh my! In today’s teatime, we’ll take a journey to distant lands, where “here there be dragons” and magic lurks around every cup of tea. So gather your golden coins, prepare your riddling powers, and breathe in the curls of steam from the visiting dragons!
It’s currently cold season, when sniffles and runny noses abound! Grab your tissue box and set some water to boil for today’s teatime featuring all sorts of teas and snacks to help you feel better.
So you’ve had your teatime for the week. You’ve sipped tea, enjoyed some poems, and all you have left are a few crumbs and a lot of soggy teabags. What next? Before you throw out the mess, check out this post for some creative ways you can use your teatime leftovers!
Spying may conjure up the image of a suave James Bond infiltrating ballrooms in Paris or Jason Bourne caught in a thrilling car chase. While not always so glamorous, spying does require Bond-like observation skills and an eye for both the familiar and the strange. Poetry is the perfect way to sharpen your spy-related skills—even a few famous authors have had a career as a spy (see more on that below). For help sharpening your senses, check out last week’s post about the five senses in poetry. Then, come back and throw an espionage-themed poetry teatime to prepare you for a lifetime of spying!
Did you know that about 94% of life on earth is aquatic? That means that most of the life we interact with is a tiny fraction of all the creatures on earth! Today’s teatime will take us under the sea to explore all of the exciting and mysterious creatures living beyond our sight.
A poetry slam sounds like a mysterious, scary, and intimidating thing. Will poetry books fly through the air and slam into your face? Not at all! In fact, a poetry slam is just reading poems aloud in a public place to celebrate poetry. The first poetry slam happened in 1986 in Chicago. Since then, poetry slams have spread throughout the world, both competitively and for fun.
“One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” With these words, Neil Armstrong linked the magic and mystery of the moon with the wonder of language. Even before Armstrong and the first astronauts left the planet, poets have been exploring space through poems for generations.
If teatime is starting to become a staple of your household, it may be time to take the next step by personalizing your teacups. Kids love to have ownership over activities and to have things that are “their own.” Making teacups or buying special (not necessarily expensive!) teacups for each family member is a fun way to add a personal touch to your teatime. In fact, these teacups may in time become an essential part of your teatime tradition!