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Host a Winter Poetry Teatime

The snow fell this weekend and I did what all good southerners do: I went to the grocery store.

Of course, I skipped the bread, milk, and eggs aisles and went straight for the “snow party” food. This weekend was going to provide the perfect time for a special poetry teatime and I wanted to be ready.

Check out these ideas to host a winter poetry teatime with your children.

Celebrate with a Winter Teatime

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Winter Poetry Teatime Treats

1. Vanilla Meringues.  These are winter white in color with a light and fluffy feel to represent the snow.  While I linked to amazon so you could have a visual, you can find these at your local Trader Joes store for a lot less money.

2. Cinnamon Sugar Snowflakes from Happy Hooligans.  Cutting tortillas with kitchen shears was a unique and fun experience and they tasted delicious.  This nice thing about this one is you might have all of the ingredients on hand: tortillas, cinnamon sugar (white sugar + ground cinnamon if you need to make it), and melted butter.

3. Chocolate Pinecones from Frugal Mom, eh!.  Having made this for our Narnia book club meeting, I can warn you that they are NOT easy, but they are a ton of fun to make and eat if you have the time.

4. Snow White Chocolate Covered Marshmallows.  You can dip them in melted white chocolate and then sprinkles to keep them feeling “snowy”.  Though store-bought marshmallows, even dipped in milk chocolate, are just as tasty.

Winter Teatime Poetry Books

Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost and illustrated by Susan Jeffries.

Hands down, this is my favorite poem of all time.  This picture book version has the most delightful hidden creatures in the illustrations by Susan Jeffries. This book was a gift from my parents and I treasure it.

You will not regret owning this one.

Did you know that Robert Frost wrote this one in the middle of summer?  It’s true.  Hear a bit about the poem’s history and listen to Robert Frost recite this famous poem.  (under 2 minutes)

A few more Winter Poetry Books:

Snow, Snow: Winter Poems for Young Children by Jane Yolen and photography by Jason Stemple

It’s Snowing! It’s Snowing! Winter Poems. (I can read Level 3) by Jack Prelutzky and illustrated by Yossi Abolafia

Winter Song by William Shakespeare and illustrated by Melanie Hall. Another way to sneak in the Bard during the school year!


Iguanas in the Snow by Francisco X. Alarcon and illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez

Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman and Rick Allen. I love the combination of poetry and non-fiction information in these books.

Winter Eyes by Douglas Florian.

My Amazon Idea List of Winter Poetry Books contains several more titles to read this winter.

A collection of Winter Poetry books for families to read during a winter poetry teatim.

Winter Picture Books that Rhyme

Snowbots by Aaron Reynolds and David Barneda

Snowmen at Night and Snowmen at Play by Caralyn Buehner and illustrated by David Buehner


Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright and illustrated by Stephen Gilpin

Snow by P.D. Eastman and Roy Mc Kie


Wordless Winter Picture Books

These books don’t have words, so we just enjoy and discuss the illustrations as they move the plot forward. These can feel weird to “read aloud” at first, but teatime is a great time to enjoy the pictures and discussion of a wordless book.

Snowmans Story by Will Hillenbrand

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

Red Sled by Lita Judge


Winter Poetry Teatime Decorations

I am all about simple.

In fact, I keep 1.5 yards of various fabrics rolled up in my cabinet to pull out for teatime. For our winter teatime, we grabbed the snowman fabric.  These pieces of fabric are not sewn and the edges are raw, but they work perfectly to bring a themed feeling to our teatime table.

Simple decorations for a winter poetry teatime.

If you are feeling a bit crafty, then paper snowflakes on the table or hanging from the ceiling are a fun way to decorate. You could even make them the day before as an activity together.

Of course, we always include candles. Definitely go with the candles, especially in the winter.

LED candles work just as well and we have been known to use tiny battery operated string lights to make our teatime table glow.

Whether you go big or small, there is something wonderful about a special treat and a good poetry book.

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Mary Wilson

Mary is a writer and mother to four kids ranging from elementary to high school.

She believes that creativity, laughter, and fun are the backbone for engaging and inspiring homeschools. You can find her encouragement and tips on this blog, Mary Hanna Wilson.

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  • Reply Coriander January 17, 2017 at

    Winter Bees looks great!

    • Reply January 18, 2017 at

      We love that book! It is fantastic!

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