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Once you’re done, submit your creation to firstname.lastname@example.org for your chance to win a $100 Tea gift certificate! Every month, Tea staff will pick one artistic little citizen to win! Honorable mentions will also be uploaded into their own featured blog post. Let your creative juices flow and show us your inner artist!
Last Saturday the Oakland Zoo celebrated Earth Day with their “Take Action for Animals” event. Conservation organizations from all over came out to teach little citizens about animal awareness and protection. I’ve been working with the Red Panda Network for nearly five years now. While Red Pandas have been gaining popularity in the last few years, most people still don’t know about them. So I was pleasantly surprised to see how popular our booth was.
top left picture: Pinju, one of the red pandas available for adoption via the Red Panda Network
Most children were shocked and excited to learn that Master Shifu from Kung Fu Panda was actually a red panda. The children, as well as many parents, were curious and enthusiastic to be learning about an animal they had just heard about for the first time. We had over 200 future conservationists come to our table to create a Red Panda mask. To learn about Red Pandas visit: The Red Panda Network. They also have a great program Red Panda Ranger program for children who want to learn more about Red Pandas.
Once you’re done, submit your creation to email@example.com for your chance to win a $100 Tea gift certificate! Every month, Tea staff will pick one artistic little citizen to win! Honorable mentions will also be uploaded into their own featured blog post. Let your creative juices flow and show us your inner artist! To see past submissions, visit our Flickr page.
Yes, we actually take the time to carve out linoleum blocks to achieve the perfect look. Pictured above are photos of our talented textile designer Amber and her work as she developed the graphic for our Sanur Floral Sporty dress. Pretty cool, huh?
Our Bali-inspired children’s clothes collection featured the craft of Batik, an art form we saw and practiced while in Bali. Traditional Batiks are created with hot wax, in a dying technique which allows the craftsman to form lush patterns and designs. We wanted to find a way for little citizens to Batik that was safe. Below is our step-by-step guide on how-to Batik- no hot wax needed! All you need is glue, paint, a t-shirt and an open mind!
I chose to Batik a shirt- however you can Batik any cloth materials. Think of how much fun it would be to Batik pillow cases?
You'll need a shirt, a piece of cardboard to stick between your shirt, acrylic paints, washable gel glue, and a paint brush.
The first step is to design your Batik pattern. You’ll use the glue to do this. It can be a little tricky to wield the glue, so you may want to have your little ones practice glue drawing on cardboard first. You can also map out your design first with pencil. I also used a scrap piece of cardboard to put in the shirt so the glue wouldn’t seep through to the back of the shirt.
Where ever you put the glue will be white. The color will show through the negative space. Pretty cool, huh?
The next step is hardest. You have to wait for the glue to dry and this will take at least 24 hours. Playing the waiting game can be hard when you have little citizens eager to paint!
Once the glue is completely dry, break out your acrylic paints, your paint brush, a mixing area, and a water bowl to clean the brush and start painting! While painting, you’ll want to keep the the piece of cardboard inside the shirt for the same reason you kept it in while gluing- you don’t want the paint to leak through to the back of the shirt.
Once the Batik is painted, leave it in a safe place where the paint can dry. This will probably take at least 12 hours. Once dry, you can either peel off the glue or put it in the washing machine. I chose the latter as it was much easier and had great results. Check out my finished Batik shirt below.
The picture minimalizes the cool effect the process created. The colors are much more vibrant and the designs pop more in person. All-in-all, this is a great project for those looking to craft a gift for a loved one (Mother’s Day or Father’s Day Batiks?).
Please share your Batiks with our community at Facebook. We’d love to see your little citizens artful, Bali-inspired work!
Today we’re featuring guest blogger Linh Tran, who traveled to Britain with her two kids, daughter age 3, son age 5.
Britain. The only thing that caught my eye as my family and I shuffled through customs at Heathrow airport after a red-eye flight was a banner by the Heritage Foundation of a castle reading, “Heritage is GREAT Britain.” Apropos, this trip to England will my children’s first trip to visit their grandparents where they will probably have a memory of it in the future. We hoped to show the children around Essex, where their father grew up, give them a taste of English pastimes and flavors, and teach them a bit of the queen’s English.
First up was a walk along a footpath behind granddad’s house. Nothing better to beat jet lag than fresh air and sunshine. We learned the hard way to avoid the prickly nettle leaves and how, thankfully, mother nature creates balance by growing dock leaves close by to soothe the sting. The biggest hit near granddad’s house was not feeding the horses or finding the most feathers on our walk, but the zip line at the local playground where the children can sit and zip between two posts.
There was another zip line at a playground by the seafront in the town of Maldon, where generations of my husband’s family were born and bred. Cool fact my son found out was that his great great great grandmother was born in The Queen’s Head pub, still operational today. The children enjoyed seeing all the barges and sailors working on their sails as we walked along the estuary. We had lunch on the high street and the children surprised us by eating their entire portion of fish whereas they left lots of chips on their plate. We also introduced them to Cornish pasties, sausage rolls, Yorkshire pudding, smarties push ups, and no trip to the UK is complete without a copious amount of Cadbury’s chocolate. They delighted in tasting the local favorite Rossi ice cream in Southend-on-Sea. We had a tragic family-sitcom moment when 2 licks into my daughter’s ice cream cone, it fell to the ground and rolled down the slope. My son generously shared his cone and we perked them both up with carnival rides and mini golf on the beach front at Adventure Island.
By the end of our week long visit, the children began sounding British when they asked for more biscuits, bananas, and ice lollies. They started using words like lorry, boot, queue, and cheers. Most importantly, they reconnected with their grandparents and got a glimpse of what life might be like growing up in Essex. Heritage is great, indeed.
From a beach cover-up to an evening dinner jumpsuit, these rompers surely fit the spirit of summer. Easy to wear and accessorize, these one-pieces make looking on trend simple. Check out Tea’s twist on rompers for girls.
With heels, piles of jewelry or over a bathing suit- how would you fashion your romper? Tell us in the comments section below.
Thank you everyone for participating in our March Coloring Contest! We loved looking through all of the amazing submissions- Tea fans are quite the artists! Congrats to Lauren who created a beautiful offering pictured below.
We also have two honorable mentions: Gisele (left) and Liam (right). Great job everyone and keep creating!
Interested in entering the contest for next month? Take a picture of your child’s completed activity book picture and send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Activity Book Entry” in the subject line. We pick one winner each month to receive a $100 Tea gift certificate. We’ll also post all honorable mentions on our blog page and all submissions will be posted on our Flickr page.