Monthly Archives: July 2012

July 12, 2012

Activity: Make Your Own Paper


How to Make Your Own Paper

Evan, Tea's copywriter, has his daughter make her own paper.

With just a few supplies and minimal direction, your little citizen can have fun crafting their own paper! Read on below for the easy step-by-step guide on creating paper.

Supplies:

a. White or brown paper
b. Watercolor paints
c. Paintbrush
d. White crayon

Directions:

1. Use your white crayon to draw whatever you would like on your paper.
2. Once you’re done drawing, paint over the crayon with watercolors to see your image appear.

How to Make Your Own Paper

The finished product- pretty cool, huh?

While they’re painting their paper, snap a few pics of your little citizen and enter them in our “Around the World Activity Contest” for your chance to win one of our 10 weekly prizes and be entered into a sweepstakes to win a $500 Tea gift certificate. Contest ends 7/31/2012. Visit www.facebook.com/teacollection to enter.

This activity was inspired by the Hanji Floral dress which first debuted in Destination: Korea in Spring 2010.

HANJI FLORAL WRAP Girls DRESSInspired by handmade decorative Korean paper. We brought it back in its original printed poplin wrap style dress with side tie closure. Be an original!

July 9, 2012

Activity: Make Candy Sushi

How to Make Candy Sushi

Esther, who works in Tea's marketing department, has her daughter demonstrate how to make candy sushi while modeling the Butterfly Dots Dress from Tea's anniversary collection.

Is your little citizen a sushi addict? If so, they’ll love our sugary take on the hand rolls. This Japan-inspired activity isn’t only fun, it’s also delicious too!

how to make candy sushi

Ingredients:

a. 1/4 cup butter
b. 4 cups mini marshmallows
c. 6 cups crisped rice cereal
d. 20-25 gummy worms
e. 1-2 boxes of fruit leather
f. 12×17 inch baking sheet
g. 2-quart saucepan

Directions:

1. Grease the 12×17 inch baking sheet.
2. Melt butter in 2-quart saucepan over medium heat.
3. Add marshmallows to the 2-quart saucepan and stir into butter until smooth.
4. Remove mixture from heat and stir in the rice cereal until it’s evenly coated.
5. Turn the baking sheet so that the shorter ends are at the top and bottom. Then press the marshmallow mixture on the sheet, distributing it evenly.

how to make candy sushi

6.  Starting at one side and one inch up from the lower edge of the mixture, place gummy worms atop the mixture end to end in a horizontal line.
7.  Gently  roll the lower edge of the marshmallow mixture over the gummy worms.
8.  Then stop and cut the log away from the rest of the mixture. Use the same method for 4 more logs.
9.  Slice each log in 1-inch-thick “sushi” rolls and wrap them individually with a strip of fruit leather.

While making the candy sushi, snap a few pics of your little citizen baking and enter them in our “Around the World Activity Contest” for your chance to win one of our 10 weekly prizes and be entered into a sweepstakes to win a $500 Tea gift certificate. Contest ends 7/31/2012. Visit www.facebook.com/teacollection to enter.

This activity was inspired by the Butterfly Dot Girls Dress which first debuted in Destination: Japan in Fall 2009.

How to Make Candy SushiThe Japanese inspired print featuring aflurry of red butterflies on a field of blue dots has come back in a classic flutter sleeve silhouette.

July 6, 2012

Embarking on an African Safari

Pam Geller, a freelance marketing consultant, traveled to Nairobi, Kenya with her three kids, Kayla | 7 yrs, Drew | 6 yrs, and Jenna | 3 yrs, who just happened to be wearing Tea on their trip.

When we were planning our trip to Nairobi, Kenya, to visit by brother and sister in-law, everyone wanted to “do” an African Safari in the Masai Mara.  I was thinking, okay…I guess I am okay with sleeping in a tent in the Savannah with guards who carry guns, with somewhat “pampered” kids who have never gone camping.   But, where would we shower and clean up?  Do we have to mark our territory?  I had also heard various scary stories – for example, a friend of mine said that an elephant, who was “protecting” her baby elephant, charged their vehicle.  Hmmmm…I am okay with this…right?  You see my sister-in-law who is a very intelligent, had been putting together this amazing 2-week tour of Nairobi.  So when my sister-in-law suggested an African Safari in the Masai Mara, I said “okay, that sounds good.”

But as it turned out, what I imagined an African Safari would entail was a WHOLE LOT different than what I thought.

African Safari with Children

It took less than 60 minutes from the Nairobi Wilson Airport. The “jumper plane” made a handful of stops along the way to drop off other passengers at other landing stripes in the Savannah.

 

African Safari with Kids

The landing stripe at the Maasai Mara, meeting up with our guide having a tasty drink of tomato tree juice. Not like our tomato juice! This was more like punch.

African Safari with Kids

Accommodations – my expectation were far exceeded! The safari was more like a five star resort!

Savannah – The “prime time” to visit the African Savannah is during Migration season (July and September).  Apparently the Savannah is packed with thousands, even millions of herbivores: “some 1,300,000 wildebeest, 360,000 Thomson’s gazelle, and 191,000 zebra.”  We did not visit during the Migration, but we were still able to see a lot of wild animals!

African Safari with KidsAfrica’s “Big 5” – The “Big 5″ includes the African: lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo. Why not the hippo or giraffe? Are they not large as well?  Apparently, game hunters came up with the term “Big 5″ (not safari tour operators). The African lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo are labeled as the “Big 5” not because of how large or dangerous they are; but for how difficult it is for hunters to bag them up, mostly due to their ferocity when cornered and shot at. Who knew??!!

Lions sleep 20 hours a day. That means a lion is only awake for about 3 years. Isn’t that crazy?
This was my favorite animal! They are so graceful and beautiful. “Leopards are strong tree climbers—they can even climb a tree while carrying a prey their own weight. Leopards often carry their prey up trees to prevent other animals, such as hyenas, from sharing their kill. They also store their food in trees (though sometimes they store their food on ground under leaves or brush)”. They are solitary animals (not like lions that are pack animals).
African elephants are the largest land mammals on the planet, and the females of this species undergo the longest pregnancy—22 months.
Buffalo are reported to kill more hunters in Africa than any other animal.

Personally, I find a running Giraffe much more interesting that a Cape buffalo. A giraffe is one of the few animals that use mostly its front legs when it runs.   They only sleep for a few minutes at a time (in comparison to Lions who sleep all day!). Of course, the giraffes’ biggest enemy is the lion.  Giraffe have 4 stomachs just like cows (their cud needs to travel all the way up their neck!). Watch the video below to see the giraffe we spotted during the safari.

 

July 3, 2012

Activity: Make Your Own Playdough (Play-doh!)

Easy: how to make your own playdough

What’s more fun than playdough? We can’t think of much. Follow this simple step-by-step guide on how-to make playdough and you’ll be having a blast in no time!

Ingredients:

a. 2 cups flour
b. 2 cups warm water
c. 1 cup salt
d. 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
e. 1 Tablespoon cream of tartar (optional for improved elasticity)
f. food coloring (liquid, powder, or unsweetened drink mix)
g. scented oils

Directions:

1) Mix all of the ingredients together.

Easy how to make playdough

Tea staff member Cindy has her little citizens set out to make playdough!

2) Put the mixture in a pan on the stove and continue to mix over low heat. The dough will begin to thicken and will soon resemble mashed potatoes. When the dough pulls away from the sides and clumps in the center, remove the pan from heat and allow the dough to cool enough to handle.

how to make playdough, easyImportant Note: If your playdough is still sticky after you remove it from the heat, you simply need to cook it longer. Keep stirring and cooking until the dough is dry and feels like playdough.

3) Turn the dough out onto a clean counter or silicone mat and knead it vigorously until it becomes silky-smooth. Divide into dough balls for coloring.

easy way to make playdough4) Make a divot in the center of the ball and drop some food coloring into the divot. Fold the dough over, working the food color through the body of the playdough. Add more dye to achieve your perfect color.  Be sure to keep the raw dye away from your hands and the counter by using gloves or plastic wrap to keep your hands and counter clean. Only the concentrated dye will color your skin, so as soon as it’s worked in the dough, bare hands are safe.

how to make playdough easy5) Once it’s dyed, you can create unique objects and designs. Cut shapes using cookie cutters or layer your playdough colors for a 3-dimensional look. You can even bake your playdough shapes in the oven to make hard dough figures and ornaments.

How to make playdough easyWhen you’re done, store your playdough in an air-tight container. If it begins to dry out, you can knead in some water until the dough begins to soften again. If it becomes too soggy,  you can re-heat it to drive off the extra water the dough absorbed.

During the process, snap a few pics of your little citizen creating their playdough and enter them in our “Around the World Activity Contest” for your chance to win one of our 10 weekly prizes and be entered into a sweepstakes to win a $500 Tea gift certificate. Contest ends 7/31/2012. Visit www.facebook.com/teacollection to enter.

This activity was inspired by the Floral Vine Dress which first debuted in our Turkey-inspired collection in Spring 2007.

Floral Vine Girl's DressInfluenced by decorative 16th century Iznik pottery and named after the town in which pottery was made, this dress is surely a staple for every girl’s wardrobe.

July 2, 2012

Activity: Make an Egg Carton Sailboat

Free activity for kids

Leigh Rawdon's (Tea Co-Founder) son creates his own sailboat!

Sail the high seas with this fun egg carton sailboat activity inspired by Destination:Brazil. With few supplies and easy assembly, this activity will have your little one out sailing in no time.

Supplies:

  1. Lid of an egg carton
  2. Construction paper
  3. Scissors
  4. Hole punch or sharp pencil
  5. Straw or stick
  6. Paints & paintbrush or markers
  7. Tape

Instructions:

  1. Cut a triangle from the construction paper.
  2. Punch 2 or 3 holes along one side of the paper.
  3. Weave a straw or stick through the holes in the paper triangle.
  4. Paint the inside of the egg carton lid.
  5. Tape your sail to one end of the boat.

 

Once you’re done, snap a few pics of your little citizen sailing their boat and enter them in our “Around the World Activity Contest” for your chance to win one of our 10 weekly prizes and be entered into a sweepstakes to win a $500 Tea gift certificate. Contest starts 7/1/2012. Visit www.facebook.com/teacollection to enter.

This activity was inspired by our Kasato Stripe Dress which first debuted in Destination: Brazil in Spring 2009.

Girl's Dress inspired by Brazil & Japan

It has a Japanese aesthetic with nautical notes named after the boat that brought the first Japanese immigrants to Brazil in 1908.

Around the World Activity Contest!

We’re celebrating our 10 year anniversary and we’re calling on all little citizens to enter our “Around the World Activity Contest” for your chance to win a $500 Tea shopping spree and one of ten weekly prizes from our anniversary collection. Enter by sharing a photo of your little citizens completing craft activities inspired by our 10 anniversary destinations.

To be eligible to win, be sure to:
• Take a photo of your little citizen completing a do-it-yourself activity based on one of our anniversary destinations (Brazil, Turkey, Japan, Korea, or West Africa) and upload it to the official “Around the World Activity Contest” tab on Tea’s Facebook.
• After you upload the photo, add a photo caption including the name of the activity and which destination inspired the craft.
• Share your photo with your friends and ask them to vote. The more votes you have, the greater the chance you’ll have to win!

Below is a list of our favorite diy activities based on our anniversary destinations. Click on the title to be taken to a blog post with step-by-step directions for each activity.

Make Brazilian Music
Find Your Local Tea Retailer
Make an Egg Carton Sailboat
Make Your Own Playdough
Candy Sushi
Make Your Own Paper
Make an Authentic Japanese Fan
Make a Spirit Stick
Color Dragon Mask from our Activity Book

For more inspiration, visit our “around the world diy” Pinterest board.

Happy Crafting & Good Luck!

 

 

July 1, 2012

June’s Activity Book Winner

Thank you everyone who entered our June Activity Book Coloring Contest! We’re always overwhelmed with all the talent we see from our Tea fans.

Without further ado, we’re proud to announce Michael  as this month’s winner.

Free Online Coloring Contest

We also had two honorable mentions, pictured below. On the left we have a submission from Mona. On the right, we have a submission from Elliot.
Free Coloring Contest

Thank you everyone for entering and be sure to submit a new picture for July’s contest!

Browse all the entries on our Flickr page.

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 blog@teacollection.com 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.

Download all of our activity book pages by visiting our activity printouts blog tag.