A rainy winter day? Dreariness is all you see outside. What to do to celebrate?
Have a Rainy Day Tea Party!
Brighten your day with some fun food, lovely music, an entertaining tale of a composer with a leaky roof, and a rain poem.
First is the food!
*Peanut butter Nutella sandwiches with the crusts removed and cut into triangles
*Tuna salad (with grated carrots) on crustless bread cut into long fingers
*slices of colorful seasonal fresh fruit
*chocolate chips and marshmallows
Hot chocolate or warm milk—we make soy steamers or warm almond milk with cinnamon
Tea doesn’t have to be tea itself! Use any beverage such as milk, cider, fruit juice warmed or chilled.
Dishes? I used $1 china outlet store plates. We still use them for tea time with children!
What to listen for: the drip-drop of the raindrops, the distant thunder growing stronger and stronger, the storm dying away, the peacefulness once the rainstorm has departed.
Word to understand:
Prelude: word which comes from the Latin meaning “ludere” to play, and “pre” meaning before. In music, a prelude is a short piece to play before a longer and more important one
Frederic Chopin, the composer, had many musical ideas which he wanted to compose, but he didn’t want to turn each one into a large composition. He loved to express them in little pieces which he polished up into lovely little musical gems.
At one point in his life Chopin moved his family into an abandoned old stone monastery on the island of Majorca, off the coast of Spain. It was a simple place with bare walls and echoing halls. They all enjoyed living there until the rainy season came and the ceiling started leaking! The loud “plop, plop” of the rain hitting the stone floors became so unbearable that Mrs. Chopin took the children to the mainland to get into a dryer house! Mr. Chopin, distracted with thinking about music, stayed behind for a while, eventually composing his “Raindrop Prelude.”
Here’s a poem to read aloud by one of our favorite children’s poets:
Waiting at the Window, by A. A. Milne
These are my two drops of rain
Waiting on the window-pane.
I am waiting here to see
Which the winning one will be.
Both of them have different names.
One is John and one is James.
All the best and all the worst
Comes from which of them is first.
James has just begun to ooze.
He’s the one I want to lose.
John is waiting to begin.
He’s the one I want to win.
James is going slowly on.
Something sort of sticks to John.
John is moving off at last.
James is going pretty fast.
John is rushing down the pane.
James is going slow again.
James has met a sort of smear.
John is getting very near.
Is he going fast enough?
(James has found a piece of fluff.)
John has quickly hurried by.
(James was talking to a fly.)
John is there, and John has won!
Look! I told you! Here’s the sun!