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April 17, 2014

April Crafts for Babysitters, Nannies and Families

Earth Day Activities

Warm weather opportunities are popping up all over. But with the possibility of April showers, there are a number of indoor activities to plan for eager (and antsy) kids. Here are few crafts that can build excitement and enthusiasm for the season. Plus, they’re perfect for nannies and sitters looking for more hands-on projects to engage kids.

Washcloth Bunnies
Bath time is often a struggle. Make it a little more fun with double-duty bunnies. You can create these little rabbits out of brightly-colored washcloths that can later be used in the bath. Check out this example.

Eggcellent Crowns
Using plastic eggs and hot glue (kids will need help with this!), there are a few fun filled ways to create festive headdress. Encourage their creativity by allowing them to add whatever accessories please them. Here are some images to jump start your creativity.

Recycled Nature
Here’s a project you haven’t done since preschool, but perfect for an Earth Day lesson. Grab a pinecone from the yard; tie about a 12-inch piece of yarn or ribbon in a tight knot around the top so that the ends hang evenly (these will then be tied around a tree). Spread peanut butter or honey all over the pine cone. Then pour bird seed onto a plate and roll the sticky pinecone over it.  Hang the pinecone on a tree — and tie another knot. Gather around and wait for the birds to come.

Re-create the World
Who doesn’t love an excuse to make marshmallow rice treats? Your kids will love sculpting a globe out of the yummy dessert and covering it with green and blue sugar. As a sweet bonus, try putting some gummy creatures on the earth too! Give a little planetary talk, discuss the amount of water versus land and explain how we need to take care of these elements… And then dig-in!

Beautify Something
Whether it’s your front yard or a neighborhood eye-sore that needs a little sprucing, nothing helps decorate more than flowers. In honor of Earth Day, head down to your local garden center (preferably by bike, it’s Earth Day, after all!) and buy some blooms. Then get planting. Tip: A perennial flower will allow your kids to see their hard work year after year.

Matzo House 
Here is an April-version of the wintery gingerbread house! Encourage your children to play with their food (finally!) by creating this Matzo house that is fun to make and actually tastes good too.

We were so thrilled to have Care.com on board for our Hello Little Citizen sweepstakes we thought we’d invite them to Studio T!  Katie Bugbee is the senior managing editor and global parenting expert at Care.com

 

*photo courtesy of purchasepawprints.com

March 24, 2014

Win a Six-Month Subscription to Citrus Lane

Citrus Lane
Whether you’re a new mother or a mother of five, you’re probably too busy too search out the latest and greatest products for your little ones. Imagine receiving a care package each month filled with just that… Let us introduce you to Citrus Lane. The items are carefully chosen, “No marketing gimmicks, no paid placements — just real recommendations from real parents for products that solve real problems”, and knowing this, we were so honored to be included in their February box. We’ve teamed up with Citrus Lane to give one lucky winner a 6 month subscription. Know someone who is expecting? We think this would be a perfect gift – paired with a few of our layette pieces, of course!

Update: Congratulations Heather Shurter!

March 18, 2014

Happening at a Nordstrom Near You…

Nordstrom Days to Delight with Tea Collection

Saturday, March 22, 2014 // 10AM-2PM
Nordstrom // Days to Delight
World of Tea Collection Moroccan Art Party

Create artwork inspired by Morocco (we’ll give you some fun facts to get you started) and we’ll turn it into a magnet for you to take home. Young Picasso’s can enter a contest to have their art transferred to a real canvas. Find a Nordstrom near you and don’t miss out on the fun!*

In the Bay Area? Nordstrom Walnut Creek will host our co-founder and Chief Creative Officer, Emily Meyer. Emily will share the story behind the Spring 2014 Morocco collection and join in the Morocco-inspired drawing activity from 12-2PM.

 

*Event will be hosted in Nordstrom Kids’ Wear department, while supplies last.

February 12, 2014

Conversations With Filmmakers + Enter to Win!

NYICFFThe New York International Children’s Film Festival is an annual Oscar-qualifying event that seeks to “promote intelligent, passionate, provocative cinematic works for ages 3-18 and help define a more compelling film for kids.” Each year the festival presents 100 animated, live action and experimental shorts and features from around the world. Since 2000, all screenings have sold out in advance and we’re giving you the chance to win 4 tickets to the opening and closing nights in New York City + 6 DVDs of past films. Scroll down to enter!

Exclusive for Tea Collection fans: use the code TEA14 when ordering online to receive $2 each ticket!

We were lucky enough to hear from two filmmakers who will be part of this year’s festival. Anina is a film by Alfredo Soderguit out of Uruguay featuring a bright ruddy red haired little girl. Rabbit and Deer is a short out of Hungary by Peter Vacz. This animation features a rabbit and a deer living in a 2D world, until one day everything changes.

NYICFF Map

Peter Vacz // Rabbit and Deer

Tea: When did you know you wanted to be in the film industry?

Peter Vacz: Quite late actually… I was 19 when I started to study animation. Before that I wasn’t really into filmmaking. As a child my first real passion was playing the cello, which I still do. In secondary school I studied graphic design but in the meantime I also tried out many other things like sewing clothes, making street art, design objects and I was interested in doing animation. I continued my graphic design studies at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design but less inspired. In my second year I designed a puppet with a set for an animated film idea. It made me very excited and I realized that animation and storytelling is the combination of all the things I love doing. I immediately changed to the Faculty of Animation and fell in love with it. It is a magical profession.

T: What was the inspiration behind this project?

PV: I tried to make a personal film that people can relate to and I hoped that it’ll give a unique experience to the audiences. The strongest inspiration a previous love relationship, with all the good experiences and hard times that we shared together. The other thing that really inspired me was the magic of exploring storytelling through different animation techniques… or maybe the other way around.

T: If children take only one message away from this film, what would you like the lesson to be?

PV: Sometimes we change and drift apart from the people who we love, and then sometimes we can become very different people but still remain fundamentally close to the ones we love.

Either way the essence remains the same; we should try to care more about the people around us, because the little things that we experience in relationships are what makes life to live for. 

T: Do you have any advice for kids who want to be filmmakers?

PV: Be passionate. Once you have a passion for something you should listen carefully to the people who inspire you because you might learn some great things from them – but don’t be afraid to express your own thoughts in the meantime. We are all unique and even though we do similar things in life we’ll always experince them differently from the others. I believe that the uniqueness is not in the subject you talk about, but the way you talk about it. (As the quote says: ‘the devil is in the detail’.)

T: What film do you remember most from your childhood? 

PV: As a child I’ve seen some great Hungarian animated films like The Little Fox (Vuk, 1981) by Attila Dargay and the Cat City (Macskafogó, 1986) by Béla Ternovszky. But my first biggest cinema experience was The Lion King. I was 6 years old and I remember crying over the dramatic death of Mufasa. I was really hooked by the characters and their story. I still think it’s one of the most brilliant films.

Alfredo Soderguit // Anina

Tea:  When did you know you wanted to be in the film industry?

Alfredo Soderguit: I use to illustrate books and work as an art director and production designer. Just because I love to draw, paint, build, love to see films and love good stories. I like to do my work as a representation of my own feelings and thoughts. Then I found a beautiful story and just wanted to make a movie.

T: What was the inspiration behind this project?

AS: The book talks about very deep and important things. It is very humanistic, not only the contents but the way to tell the story. You can feel the characters as real people. Any time I read the book it is like a trip direct to my own childhood, the questions, the sensations, and the way to feel the world around you as a big mystery.

T: If children take only one message away from this film, what would you like the lesson to be?

AS: I don´t want to spread any specific lesson, but I think that the most important is something like: Be ready to learn in freedom, learn about friendship, be brave and face every kind of fear. Don´t let anyone scare you and refuse any kind of authoritarianism.

T: Do you have any advice for kids who want to be filmmakers?

AS: Be open to see different kind of films (beauty can be found anywhere), look for those that represent your feelings, learn the language and tell your story in a free and creative way.

T: What film do you remember most from your childhood?

AS: “Neverending story” and later “Labyrinth”. I love films with real physical puppets.

<< ENTER TO WIN >>

What you’ll win…

  • Four (4) Tickets to Opening Night Screening of Amazonia + After Party
    • March 7, 6:00pm - DGA Theater (110 W 57th St)
    • Recommended ages 5 to adult
  • Four (4) Tickets to Awards Ceremony/Best of Fest Screening + After Party
    • March 30, 5:00pm - DGA Theater
    • Recommended all ages
  • Six (6) DVDs
    • A Cat in Paris - France; Oscar Nominee, Recommended ages 6 to adult
    • Tales of the Night - France, Recommended ages 5 to adult
    • From Up on Poppy Hill - Japan, Recommended ages 9 to adult
    • The Painting - France, Recommended ages 7 to adult
    • The Secret of Kells - Ireland; Oscar Nominee, Recommended ages 6 to adult
    • Mia and the Migoo - France, Recommended ages 6 to adult

 

January 30, 2014

It’s a Chinese New Year Giveaway!

Barefoot Books

In the Chinese culture, 8 is considered to be one of the luckiest numbers there is. It’s pronounced ‘Ba’ which sounds very similar to the word ‘Fa’, which means to make good fortune. Did you know that the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics began on 8/8/08 at 8 seconds and 8 minutes past 8 pm local time? In honor of the Lunar New Year tomorrow, we’ve partnered with Barefoot Books to give you the chance to win $88 to Tea and your choice of 8 Barefoot Books.

Which books would you choose? With such a wonderful offering, we know it’s hard to choose! One of our favorites is The Great Race; the excitement-filled story is followed by notes on the Chinese calendar, important Chinese holidays, and a chart outlining the animal signs based on birth years.

The Great Race

With this beautifully illustrated chart, you can help your little one discover which animal’s year they were born in, making the book a bit more personal. If you’re a fan of Barefoot Books, be sure to check out their Ambassador Program - they’re running a special on registration that ends January 31st!

Enter now for the chance to win $88 to Tea and 8 Barefoot Books!