Pumpkin Spice Tea. Pumpkin Spice Snacks. Pumpkin Spice Poems? Can we have more fun with pumpkins and spice at our Thanksgiving Poetry Teatime?
Once a month we meet with our Poetry Teatime group at the library. The group can get quite large with kids of all ages. This month we chose a Thanksgiving theme and read poetry related to gratitude and autumn.
Thanksgiving Poetry Teatime Snacks
For our tea choices this month, we used this great seasonal tin of three different flavored teas from The Republic of Tea (my favorite brand). I'm pretty sure the Hot Apple Cider was the favorite followed closely by Pumpkin Spice.
Thanksgiving Poetry Teatime Decorations
Decorating for Thanksgiving was pretty easy since we had already decorated our house for fall. We used our fall cornucopia and some pumpkins. We added our pumpkin tea cozy to our favorite Brown Betty.
Thanksgiving Poetry Teatime Activities
Since we have an extensive range of ages in our poetry teatime group, I like to have activities that will work for all ages. Sometimes one activity works and sometimes I plan two different ones. This month we had an activity for the youngers and one for the olders.
Thanksgiving Poetry Activity for Youngers
We started by thinking of all the foods we eat at Thanksgiving. Then we decided which was our favorite. The kids then described that food and wrote poems about it using their descriptive words. If they weren't at the writing stage yet, the moms transcribed the poems for their children. This Brave Writer activity inspired us:
Think of the most recent yummy food you ate and describe it in mouthwatering detail.
Thanksgiving Poetry Activity for Olders
The activity for the olders was also inspired by Brave Writer and got a little more silly. As we were discussing all of the foods that we have on Thanksgiving, the kids started matching the foods with the personality of their friends and family. They turned these descriptions into fun poems.
List all the dishes that were prepared for Thanksgiving or whatever your last big meal was. Now pair a family member (based on personality) with each dish. Explain your choices.
Have you had a Thanksgiving Poetry Teatime? What did you do?