Category: Discovery and Exploration

An Inside Look at Unschooling

Here at Tea, we strive to inspire curiosity in all little citizens around the world. We want to help kids be open-minded, adventurous and kind. That’s why, we’re always connecting with people we meet, in person and online. This spring, we had a chance to connect with the Paddock family. Here, Elizabeth Paddock answers some of our questions on her family’s adventures in unschooling.

Meet the Kelsays: Adventure in the Everyday

I first found the Kelsays earlier this year while scrolling through our #teacollection photos on Instagram. The photos of their little citizens wearing Tea dresses while skating on a half-pipe instantly caught my eye. Our Australia spring collection was just about to launch and I knew the adventurous spirit of our collection would resonate with this family. I had to connect with them!

Behind the Scenes: Our Aussie Surf Camp

“Alright, everybody choose a leg!”

Down on Bondi Beach, the rain has cleared up, the waves are rolling in, and a tousled blonde Aussie named Jake stands in front of a row of eager young grommets (a grommet is a kid who surfs).

“Ok, everybody hop on your board and let’s practice,” Jake says as his co-coach Lucy moves in to help.

Before they ever hit the water, surf camp students straddle their boards on the sand and learn the basics of paddling, pushing up, standing up, and—most importantly—falling off. (The technical term is “dismount.”)

“Basically, you just starfish,” Jake throws out his arms, “and fall backward.”

Adventures with Ranger Karen

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“Alright, kids! Let’s get going. Remember, do everything I do. And make sure you walk around the emu poo!” And with that, Ranger Karen and her intrepid band of young explorers head off into the Aussie bush. Walkabout Wildlife Park, north of Sydney, is a wild and wonderful place where you can hang out with free-roaming wallabies and grey kangaroos, meet salty crocs and spiny echidnas and even pet a huge coastal carpet python named Yamba.

Meet Wattaka: A Tiny Joey (Baby Kangaroo)

17SP2_E_04_02 Walkabout Wildlife Park, north of Sydney in Australia, is a wild and wonderful place where you can hang out with free-roaming wallabies and gray kangaroos, meet salty crocs and spiny echidnas and a fat fuzzy wombat named Hippo.

Global Mom: Meet Wendy

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Each month, we’ll be sharing a guest post by Andrea Fellman of Wanderlust Living,  Andrea’s set out to interview global moms + dads who are very “Tea” – they look for adventure in their lives and strive to make the foreign familiar for their families through travel and curiosity! A long time Tea partner and a woman who truly embodies the Tea spirit, we’re thrilled to have Andrea as a foreign correspondent (she lives in Barcelona!). In Andrea’s third guest post, we’re introducing you to Wendy, who lives with her family in Oahu, Hawaii. Read on to learn more!

Driving Down the Great Ocean Road

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Stretching 151 miles along Australia’s South-Eastern coast, the Great Ocean Road is the country’s most treasured coastal route. Home to small seaside towns, world class surf breaks and fern gully forests, this two-lane road takes travelers on a scenic journey. On their intrepid two week journey throughout Australia, our design team made the drive through the Great Ocean Road, stopping along the way to take in the sights, meet some locals and shop, of course! Come along on a journey as we share a slideshow of photos from their trip.