Monthly Archives: December 2011

December 13, 2011

Ways to Introduce your Kids to French Culture

We’re excited to have Julia Pimsleur Levine, founder of Little Pim as our guest blogger today. Little Pim is the ultimate language learning gift for babies, toddlers and preschoolers – to learn more, visit What is Little Pim.

As the creator of the Little Pim foreign language teaching series for kids, people often ask me if my own sons, 3 and 7, speak French. They do speak passable French, but what is more important to me than the number of words they know is that they have fallen in love, as I did, with the French culture, sights, smells and tastes. Learning conjugations can come later.

Below are some of the ways we introduced our boys to French culture, language, and of course, le chocolat, on a recent trip to Antibes, France. Take a little voyage right here avec nous! (with us)

When kids want ice cream is a great time to get them to use their foreign language words… Even the most reluctant young student of French, Spanish or Italian suddenly finds courage in the face of ice cream. “Une glace au chocolat, s’il vous plaît” rolled right off my children’s tongue when we got to France! By the end of our two weeks there, they could say all the flavors and colors, a yummy and lasting learning experience!


We also got to attend a traditional French marionette show, where we saw carefully crafted paper maché puppets made in the same way they have been made for the last 100+ years in France …. And probably told the same jokes they have told for the last 100 years too. My three year old laughed himself silly and my seven year old scowled and could only be persuaded to sit through it on the promise of mousse au chocolat after dinner.  C’est la vie!

No trip to France would be complete without a ride on one of their ornate and spectacular Carrousels. These are nothing like the US mall version and are a great place to teach kids words like avion (plane), cheval (horse) and unicorne (an easy one!).

Ever since the trip, both boys greet me in the morning with a half-joking “Bonjour maman!” in unison, and thank me for their Cheerios with “Merci maman!”. And they don’t even realize that with all the amazing things they experienced this trip, the best is yet to come!

What language would you like your child to learn? Answer below for a chance to win a Little Pim Gift set in the language of your choice.

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Congrats to Lisa Pelanne who will be receiving a Little Pim Gift set in the language of her choice!  Thank you to everyone who participated.  Please follow our Studio T blog  for more travel stories, contests, and our Behind the Design inspirations.  To learn more about Little Pim, visit their website at: http://www.littlepim.com/

December 8, 2011

Happy Birthday Diego!

Today’s Google Doodle marks Diego Rivera’s 100th birthday.  If you’re a frequent visitor of Tea’s blog, you know our Modern Mexico children’s clothes collection draws inspiration from the Mexican artist Diego Rivera.

Join us in celebrating this great day by making some art of your own.  Below are Tea’s Diego and Frida Activity Book pages from our Modern Mexico Activity book.  Take a minute to download these for your children for an educational, fun activity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Download and color our Diego and Frida activity book pages today!  We want to see your artwork.  Please post your completed pages in the comments section below or on our Facebook.

December 7, 2011

Behind the Design: La Rana y La Mono Baby Romper

Behind the Design Wednesdays: Every week Tea writes about our designers’ inspiration for our current collection of clothing. Explore all of our Behind the Design posts.

You may be wondering, why does Tea have a frog and a monkey on their baby romper?  Well these two creatures actually represent two famous married Mexican artists, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.

If you’ve been following our Studio T blog, you’ll know that a lot of our Modern Mexico children’s clothes collection was inspired by the works of Diego and Frida.  Our La Rana Y El Mono baby romper captures our playful tribute to them.

frog drawings and mosaics by Diego Rivera, monkeys from Frida Kahlo’s self portraits

Diego thought he looked like a frog and Frida would often paint monkeys throughout her work.  The artists started to use the Spanish pet names La Rana (frog) and El Mono (monkey) for each other. We think that’s pretty adorable.

How about you?  What are your pet names for your loved ones?

 

December 5, 2011

Tea’s Global Children’s Clothes Donation

On November 28th and 29th, Tea donated one piece of clothing to the Global Fund for Children for every order placed online or at a Tea retailer.  The Global Fund for Children is an organization that helps advance the dignity of at-risk children by supporting and strengthening grass root groups and effectively utilizing media to highlight the disparities experienced by this demographic.

Through your purchases and the help of the Global Fund for Children, Tea was able to donate over 2,500 articles of clothing to the following organizations:

  1. Jamghat- Located in New Delhi, India, Jamghat provides a safe and supportive environment for street children to enable them to evolve physically and emotionally.
  2. Baoji Xinxing-Baoji Xinxing provides rehabilitation, education, recreation, and vocational skills to street children in central China.
  3. Associação Excola-Helping children in the heart of downtown Rio de Janeiro, Associação Excola works to empower youth living on the streets to make long-term positive changes in their lives.
  4. Homeless Children’s Playtime Project-Located in the District of Columbia, Homeless Children’s Playtime Project nurtures healthy child development and reduces the effects of trauma among children living in temporary housing programs.
  5. The Associate of Children and youth with Disabilities- Based in Moldova, this organizations provides direct support for children with multiple disabilities through an annual integration summer camp.
  6. Maison de la Gare St. Louis (MDGSL)- A child-oriented organization located in Senegal that works to promote the social and economic integration of talibés, young boys who are sent by their families to urban areas to study the Qu’ran but often end up being subjected to conditions akin to slavery and forced labor

 

We’re thrilled that our loyal fans helped us award these organizations with such a meaningful donation. Tea Collection supports the Global Fund for Children because they also work to celebrate cultures around the world.   How do you give back? Share your thoughts about charitable giving in the comments section below.

Learn more about Tea’s work with the Global Fund for Children.  Proceeds from our Little Citizens line are donated to the Global Fund for Children.

December 2, 2011

Alebrije Cultural Activity Printout

Yesterday we let you know the behind the design story of the alebrijes hiding on Tea’s graphic tees.  Today we want you to let your imagination wander and help us create the alebrijes of your dreams.

Color in the alebrijes below and post it in the blog post comments section or post it on our Facebook!  We want to see all the fun colors you can dream up for this coyote and pony alebrije!

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Download your activity printout here: Alebrije Coyote or Albrije Pony.