Tea-Stained Paper
The Valentine Bears

Miss Spider's Tea Party

by David Kirk 


January is National Hot Tea Month! Celebrate by reading the first of author David Kirk’s Miss Spider books, Miss Spider's Tea Party. Crayon-bright artwork, rhyming text and bug-counting fun make this whimsical book a highly entertaining reading adventure, reminiscent of the tea party in Alice in Wonderland.

Miss Spider cannot understand why no one wants to join her for a lovely afternoon of tea and cake. The table is set, the cakes are baked and the tea is brewed but each time she invites insect guests to her party they flee in fear.  Enjoy the book with your young reader and find out how Miss Spider becomes the most popular hostess in the neighborhood.


In this Issue


Tea-Stained Paper

Tea-Stained Paper craft - Miss Spider's Tea Party - offtheshelfblog.com

Tea-Stained Paper craft - Miss Spider's Tea Party - offtheshelfblog.com

With this week's craft, use tea bags to make plain cardstock look like aged parchment, perfect for a new coloring experience, or making tea party invitations!

Tea-Stained Paper


  • Cardstock (any paper will work but cardstock works especially well)
  • 3 black tea bags
  • Water
  • Hanger and clothespins for hanging paper to dry
  • Shallow pan such as a jellyroll pan (optional, but helpful to contain drips and mess)
  1. Boil the water. The hotter the water, the deeper and darker the color will be on the paper. Pour the water over the black tea bags and let steep for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Remove the tea bags from the water and allow to cool until they are comfortable to handle.
  3. If desired, place cardstock in the jelly roll pan to contain any drips. Invite your young reader to smoosh and blot the tea bags all over the paper. The tea bag can be dipped back into the brewed tea if it dries out.
  4. When the paper is stained to the desired level, use the clothespins to clip it to a hanger then hang to dry the jelly roll pan.
  5. If your reader would like a darker paper, repeat the process.


Miss Spider's Cinnamon Milk with Tea

Miss Spider's Cinnamon Milk with Tea recipe - Miss Spider's Tea Party - offtheshelfblog.com

January is National Hot Tea Month! Celebrate by reading Miss Spider's Tea Party and sipping tea. Most children are not big fans the warm beverage, but they will enjoy this drink of cinnamon 'steeped' in warm milk.

Try preparing warm Cinnamon Milk as a yummy hot tea alternative as you and your reader enjoy the Miss Spider activities. If your reader is a stickler for details, you could always add a tablespoon of tea to a mug of Cinnamon Milk to make the drink worthy of Miss Spider.

Miss Spider's Cinnamon Milk with Tea


  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  1. Warm the milk to near boiling in a saucepan on the stove.
  2. Pour the milk into 2 mugs.
  3. Add 1 cinnamon stick to each mug.
  4. Cover each mug with a saucer and allow the milk to steep for 10 to 12 minutes.
  5. Remove the cinnamon sticks.
  6. Add 1 teaspoon of honey to each mug.
  7. Stir gently to dissolve.


Miss Spider's Banana Tea Cakes

Miss Spider's Banana Tea Cakes recipe - Miss Spider's Tea Party - offtheshelfblog.com

Miss Spider's Banana Tea Cakes recipe - Miss Spider's Tea Party - offtheshelfblog.com

Miss Spider prepared cakes for her insect guests to enjoy with their tea. These easy (and secretly healthy!) banana cakes are baked in in a mini-muffin pan to make perfect dainty size.

Miss Spider's Banana Tea Cakes


  • 1 banana
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baing powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. Line a mini muffin pan with paper, or spray with nonstick cooking spray. It will make about 18 mini muffins. 
  3. Break banana into pieces and place in a large mixing bowl. Mash banana. Children will like mashing the banana; give them a potato masher, or use the bottom of a measuring cup to mash. 
  4. Add brown sugar, egg, vanilla, and applesauce to the mashed banana, and mix well. 
  5. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. 
  6. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, and stir together until just mixed.
  7. Spoon into mini-muffin pan, about 2/3 full. 
  8. Bake for 12-14 minutes until lightly golden brown.

You Might Also Enjoy: Poppy's Banana-Raisin-Oatmeal Muffins


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