Teatime Tip: DIY Placemats for Kids

Teatime Tip: DIY Placemats for Kids

Want a simple way to jazz up your poetry teatime? You might think that placemats are a feature of dinner parties and five-course meals. But placemats are actually a simple and fun decoration that will add color and variety to your table.

Themed Teatime: Winnie-the-Pooh

Themed Teatime: Winnie-the-Pooh

Today’s teatime theme is about the “silly old bear” that everyone knows and loves--that’s right, it’s Winnie-the-Pooh. The story of Winnie-the-Pooh comes from British author A. A. Milne, who was inspired by his son Christopher Robin’s fascination with a bear named Winnipeg at the London Zoo. In fact, most of the characters in the stories were based on stuffed animals that Christopher Robin owned. These stuffed animals are now on display at the New York Public Library.

Teatime Tip: Centerpieces

Teatime Tip: Centerpieces

Poetry is at the heart of any poetry teatime. However, have you ever thought about what’s literally at the center of your table? A centerpiece is a wonderful way to draw the whole table together and set up the theme for the teatime.

Themed Teatime: Tea with Marilyn Singer

Themed Teatime: Tea with Marilyn Singer

by Mary Wilson

Each week, our family routinely sets aside time to enjoy a Poetry Teatime together. The table is set, the drinks and snacks are served, and poetry is shared aloud. On a typical week we bring favorite books from our own collection or from a recent library trip to the table.

But this week was a bit different. Inspired by Poetry Teatime's interview with Marilyn Singer, we had a themed teatime with Marilyn as our featured author.

Themed Teatime: Fairy Tales

Themed Teatime: Fairy Tales

Did you know that there are over 700 different variations of the Cinderella story told in nations all across the world? Not only are fairy tales universal, but also, every generation keeps telling and re-telling these stories with their own twist.

Poets, too, have joined in the fairy tale fun. From reinterpretations of classic tales to enchanting depictions of magical creatures, there is a world of fairy-related poetry to build your teatime around. Use the following lists of activities, food, decorations, and collections to get your fairy tale-themed poetry teatime started!

An Apologetic for Poetry Teatime

An Apologetic for Poetry Teatime

We say that poetry teatimes are the "gateway drug to a language-rich home." They’re the lure, the enticement, the shiznits of all we’re about. And they’re free—no product purchase necessary.

You can learn the details of how to hold a Poetry Teatime in our free Quick Start Guide. But let’s look at why it works and what it does in your family, if you’ll just jump off the ledge and give it a go (even if right now, you think you hate poetry).

Start with Humor

Start with Humor

A tip for poetry teatime newbies: start with humor! Most of us have school poetry hang overs which may make us think "real poetry" is "serious poetry." Not so! Playful rhymes, loud noises, and flat out jokes are all part of poetry's rich linguistic power. Here's a list of poetry books sure to tickle and amuse.