It’s Try It Tuesday again, and this week we have decided to try an amazing sensory experience that I saw awhile back on Instagram via one very creative mom, @heart_artlife. What child doesn’t like to play tea party? Why not go a step further, and let your child mix up their own tea? For an extra added bonus, this activity is a great way to teach your child how to pour liquids into a cup. Let your child have a fun tea party experience with a twist. Make, stir, shake, scoop, sniff, and pour. If you are not familiar with sensory activities, fear not! I will walk you through what materials are needed, set up instructions, and a brief description of how we play tea party.
- Large pots, or mixing bowls
- Assorted tea bags
- Assorted spices
- Long spoons
- Tea set (teapots, and teacups, or plastic cups, and a juice pitcher)
- Small table, or two if you have two
- Gather your materials.
- Place warm water in two large pots, or mixing bowls.
- Place your bowls in a large storage bin, or on top of a bench or table.
- Place long spoons, and scoopers where your child can reach them for stirring, and scooping.
- Place the spices where your child can reach them. You can buy cheap spices at the Dollar store, or you can use spices from your cabinet that you rarely use. We used a half-empty bottle of cinnamon, and sugar to fill the spice bottle up all the way. Then I mixed sugar, and nutmeg together. You can use any spice you want, you aren’t supposed to drink the tea, so don’t worry about the taste.
- Set your teapots, and cups on a low table. You can add flowers or little plastic food, or any other props you would like to add.
- If your tea bags are wrapped up, open them, and let your child add them to the pots of warm water. This was one of my daughter’s favorite parts because she loved smelling the tea bags. I used to love flavored teas before I got pregnant and stopped drinking caffeine, so I had Constant Commet Chai Tea, India Spice, and Passion tea on hand already. All three tea flavors smell amazing, and the passion tea gave a beautiful red tint to our water. In fact, I used two separate pots because I knew my daughter would love the beautiful red tint, and I didn’t want the browns of the other teas to muddy the color.
- Stir the tea bags, and have fun adding spices! If your child loves shaking sprinkles, they will definitely love going crazy with spices. Warning: Make sure your child doesn’t put their nose directly on the spice bottles as they smell the spices. Trust me, you do not want spices up their nose, so take time for a safety discussion!
- Have your child scoop tea into their teapot, and practice pouring the tea into all the teacups. Pour, dump, repeat! This is an amazing way to practice the all-important life skill of carefully pouring liquids. My daughter had no idea she was learning an important skill. Score one for this sneaky mom!
Of course, this outline of how we play is just to give you an idea of how this activity is set up, I am sure your child won’t need any prompts once they get ahold of all the materials you spread out in front of them! All you need to do is sit back, and let your child’s imagination run wild. Although I’m sure you will be offered a drink, or two, or two dozen!
I hope this inspires you to add a little extra fun to your child’s next tea party. You would be amazed how much fun your child could have by adding tea bags, water, and spices to the mix. If you love this activity, don’t forget to pin it for later, and don’t forget to check back next week to see what Little C has in store for next week’s Try It Tuesday.