Category: Activities

Activi-Teas for Curious Citizens!

 

Welcome aboard all curious little citizens of the world! This is the exciting new world of learning and exploring with us here at Tea. Each week we will bring you a list of fun, creative and educational Activi-Tea’s for you and your whole family. This is a place for us to stay not only connected to each other, but to the world! A big part of who we are is a global connection. Even though we can’t physically be in Ireland, Greece, Thailand or even a neighboring state. We can still be connected globally through so many different avenues. We have traveled the world to bring inspiration not only into our clothes but into our messaging and hopefully to each and every one of you. So, what a better way to start of our list than with an activity/coloring book combining designs and inspirations from all of our global destinations!
You can download and print right in your own home!

 Here you will find not only educational tools but games and puzzles too! Beautiful flowers, magical creatures, and scavengers hunts await! From sharks to lions, we have the whole world right at your fingertips.  

 Please share your drawings and adventures with us! We want to share with you just as much as you share with us. Please tag us on IG, email us pictures or even feel free to send us snail mail too! Use the #activiteas and #teamakesfriends to let us follow along on your journey!

 Happy learning and happy exploring!

Download the Activity Book  here TeaCollection-ActivityBook

Get Crafty: Make A Paper Plate Octopus

Octopus Craft Finished

March 3rd marks World Wildlife Day, a day aimed at celebrating and raising awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. This year’s theme is “Life Below Water,” which aligns perfectly with the eight-legged friends we encountered during our travels around Southeast Asia.  We teamed up with Amy again from Start Creative Studio to create the perfect under-the-sea activity for you and your little citizen of the world to participate in World Wildlife Day.

You probably already knew that octopuses have eight legs, but did you know that octopuses live in all of the world’s oceans and can change colors to blend into their environments? While we made our octopus purple, feel free to make yours in any color you like!

Materials:

 

  • Paper Plate
  • Black, White, and Colored Card Stock of Choice
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Stapler
  • 1 Inch Hole Punch (Optional)

Instructions:

 

Step 1: Trace a circle approximately 3 inches in diameter in the center of the plate. We used a mason jar to trace the circle, but a large cup works well, too!

Paper Plate Circle

Step 2: Cut four equal sections of the plate around the edge of the circle.

Paper Plate Octopus Plate Four Cuts

Step 3: Pull two sections together and staple the ends (we recommend adults handling this step). Continue until all four sections are stapled together to form the body of the octopus.

Paper Plate Octopus Body Formed

Step 4: Paint the octopus body and allow to dry.

Paper Plate Octopus Body Painted

Step 5: From white card stock, cut out circles (or use 1 inch hole punch) to form eyes. From black card stock, cut out half circles to form pupils. Glue black circles to white circles to complete the eyes.

Paper Plate Octopus Eyes

Step 6: Glue eyes to octopus.

Paper Plate Octopus Eyes Attached

Step 7: Cut eight 1 inch x 8.5 inch strips of card stock.

Paper Plate Octopus Legs Cut

Step 8: Using a pencil or finger, wrap one end of a strip and curl. Continue until all eight strips are curled.

Paper Plate Octopus Legs Curled

Step 9: Glue strips to underside of octopus body.

Paper Plate Octopus Finished

Find more octopus-themed looks and more at TeaCollection.com. Did you make this craft? Be sure to share it on Instagram with #teacollection, or tag @tea_collection and @startcreativestudio.

Get Crafty: Make A Tiger Mask

Tiger Mask

Amy is a life-long crafter who shares modern kids crafts on Instagram @startcreativestudio.

During our travels abroad in Southeast Asia, we discovered that tigers are considered a symbol of bravery and protection in many Asian cultures. To celebrate this mighty animal, we created dresses, tees, rompers, and more featuring unique tiger prints as part of our Tiger Cub Club. We also teamed up with Amy from Start Creative Studio to create the perfect craft to work on with your little citizen of the world. For all the brave, little tigers out there, this tiger mask makes for a fun activity and creative play afterwards. All you’ll need are some painting, gluing and scissor skills.

Materials:

 

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Paper Plates
  • Black Card Stock
  • Glue

Instructions:

 

Step 1: From cardboard, cut out large heart shape.

Tiger Mask Cardboard Heart

Step 2: Paint cardboard heart orange. Allow to dry.

Tiger Mask Orange Heart

Step 3: Cut textured edge off of paper plate. Use the center portion to cut out ears.

Step 4: Paint the ears orange and allow to dry.

Tiger Mask Painting Ears

Step 5: Cut two white circles (from the center of your paper plate or from white card stock) and two black circles from card stock.

Tiger Mask Eye Cutout

Step 6: Glue black portion to white portion to form eyes.

Step 7: Glue two pieces of textured paper plate edge on each side of the tiger’s face. Trim as needed.

Tiger Mask Paper Plate Whiskers

Tiger Mask Whiskers Trimmed

Step 8: Cut a black circle shape for nose and glue to tiger face.

Tiger Mask Nose

Step 9: Cut stripes from black card stock.

Tiger Mask Cutting Stripes

Step 10: Glue stripes to tiger face.

Tiger Mask Stripes On

Step 11: Glue ears and eyes to tiger face.

Tiger Mask Complete

Step 12: If desired, cut out black portion of eyes to make them see-through.

Use for dress up or as artwork in your child’s gallery! Pair it with books about tigers for a book and craft kind of afternoon. Or, wear it with your favorite tiger print from our new collection.

Tiger Mask On

Did you make this craft? Be sure to share it on Instagram with #teacollection, or tag @tea_collection and @startcreativestudio.

Voyage to Vietnam: A Tea Sponsored Exhibit at the Portland Children’s Museum

Voyage to Vietnam Exhibit Tea Collection

Here at Tea, we want to give children the world. We set out to help them discover new cultures and traditions, sparking their curiosity and opening their eyes and minds to a world beyond the one they know and live in. This spring, we’ve partnered with the Portland Children’s Museum to bring you a very special exhibit, Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tết Festival. Now through May 6th, stop by the museum to experience the beauty, sights, sounds and customs of Vietnam.

Curious what you’ll find there? Long-time Tea friend and local Portland mama, the wonderful Chelsee Hood of The House of Hood Blog, recaps her recent visit…

DIY: Tea-Inspired Tile Coasters

DIY Tile Coasters

Time to string the lights, turn up the holiday tunes, and bring on the cheer! Whether you’re looking for a unique tabletop accent to rest your hot cocoa or eggnog on, or are on the hunt for a thoughtful and thrifty gift, these DIY tile coasters will do the trick. A fun project for you and your little citizens, they’re festive, functional and feature unique Scots-inspired Tea prints. Follow along for the fun!

DIY Snow Globe

diy snow globe

Snow globes date back to the early 19th century in France. In 1889, a snow globe containing a model of the newly built Eiffel Tower was produced to commemorate the International Exposition in Paris. Snow globes became popular in England and in the early 1920s, crossed the Atlantic to the US where they became a popular collectors item.

In the 40s, the snow globes became a way to advertise. In the 50s, the glass objects became available in plastic. Today’s globes can be found with music boxes, internal lights and moving parts. In this DIY, you’ll learn how to assemble a simple mason jar snow globe. 

Bedtime Bath Bombs: The Perfect DIY Gift

There’s a lot to love about winter—toasty layers, steaming mugs, festive lights, family gatherings, and snowflakes if you’re lucky! It’s a magical time of year meant for celebration, togetherness, and enjoying life’s simple pleasures.

One of our favorite past times is snuggling up in our coziest PJs with a good bedtime story. And what better way to wind down than with a warm and fizzy bath? Plop in one of our DIY bedtime bath bombs for a relaxing and fragrant tub time treat. Not only are these a cinch to make, but they’re all-natural, your little ones will love them, and they make for a thoughtful homemade holiday gift! Follow along for a simple step-by-step.