Tag Archives: diy activities

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

Activity: Find Your Local Tea Retailer

Exploring Tea Retailer Sweet Pea

This photo was taken in front of Sweet Pea, a Tea retailer located in Traverse City, Michigan.

Tea was born in 2002 with 3 pima cotton baby sweaters inspired by the simple, elegant and graceful designs of traditional Chinese clothing. These sweaters were first sold by Bell & Trunk, a local boutique in San Francisco.  By the end of year one, Tea could be found in 50 local retailers. Now, 10 years later, we’re in over 300 and online.

To help us celebrate our 10 year anniversary, we encourage you to find your closest local Tea Retailer. Once you’re there, snap a picture in front of the store sign and submit it to our “Around the World Activity Contest” on Facebook for your chance to win a $500 Tea shopping spree or one of ten weekly prizes!

To find your local Tea retailer, visit our store locator.

June 30, 2012

Activity: Make Brazilian Music

 

Make Brazilian Music Activity!

Tea staff member Cindy has her two children jam out to their own Brazilian-inspired music!

Have your child play the tambourine, guitar, drums, flute, or any other instrument they want to make their own Brazilian music! As they’re rocking out, snap a few pics 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.

Brazilian Music Children's Activity

Leigh Rawdon's (Tea Co-Founder) son has fun making Brazilian music!

This activity was inspired by our Boy’s Lapa Polo Shirt. The Lapa Polo first debuted in Destination: Brazil in Spring 2009.

Boys Lapa Polo Shirt

It was named for a neighborhood in Rio with a lively nightlife and has a lively multi-colored dot print. We’re betting it goes with your Little Citizen’s lively personality!

March 11, 2012

How to Make Flower Headbands

Looking for that perfect addition for your girl’s holiday dress? At Tea, we love the flower head fashion.  In fact, we even created some flower headbands for our models to wear during our spring photoshoot.

Bali Inspired girls dressBali-Inspired Girls Dress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We wanted to show you how fun and easy these headbands are to make. Below is a tutorial on how to make 3 different flower headbands. First you’ll need your supplies:

Bouquet for DIY Headbands

We took flowers from three different bouquets we had in the office.

Supplies for DIY Flower Headbands

Minimal supplies needed for such a cool project!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flowers, scissors, green florist wire, and florist tape. (For the daisy chain, all you need is flowers!)

The first step is to measure your model’s head to with the florist wire to ensure your flower headband is the right size. Once you’ve measured your model’s head, cut the wire at least one inch longer than the circumference of their head. This is your base wire.

DIY Flower Head Headband

Once their head is measured, you must decide which headband style you want to make. Below are three different styles that we paired with some of our Tea girls dresses.

DIY- How to make a Flower Head band

DIY Flower Headbands

The finished product- all three flower headbands.

Of course, our Tea staff members jumped at the opportunity to model these lovely headpieces.

Flower Headbands

From Left to Right: Rachel, Josh, and Amber

Will you be making flower headbands this spring? Share your creative head wear ideas and tips with us in the comments section below.

February 17, 2012

How to Make Sunprints

 

When developing our Spring collection, our designers’ offices were covered in sunprints.  They used their creations to inspire many of our children’s clothes and women’s fashion in our Bali Safari collection.  Learn more about sunsprints by reading our Behind the Design segment on photorealism.

February 14, 2012

5 Easy Valentine’s Day Activities

Alright, it’s Valentine’s Day.  You bought some cards and chocolates but you still feel unprepared.  After all, what are you going to do with your kids before you leave them with the babysitter? It’s okay, Tea has you covered.  We have five easy Valentine’s Day activities your family can enjoy- no shopping required!

Valentine's Day Craft

1)   Our designer Katy recently shared a Valentine’s Day tradition with us that was too cute not to share. Instead of making the dinner date mom and dad only, bring the kids along.  Dad gets to go on a fun date with the daughters and mom gets to go on a date with the boys. This tradition will allow each child to feel special getting one-on-one time with their parent.

2)  We recently asked our Facebook fans to share their favorite Valentine’s Day activities. One fan explained how her family writes secret messages in white crayon on white heart-shaped cards for each family member.  Then they each take turns using water colors to paint over the crayon to reveal each person’s love-filled message.  How cute is that?

3)   When I was younger, my mom and I would use up all of our craft supplies to make Valentine’s day cards for the residents at the local retirement home. Our kitchen table would be covered in red construction paper, doilies, glitter and glue! After we created a good amount, we would head to the retirement home and hand them out to each resident.  I love this activity because not only did I get to create endless amounts of Valentine’s but my mom was also teaching me kindness and philanthropy.  You can’t beat that!

4)   Maybe you don’t have heart-shaped sugar cookies or red frosting, but who says you can’t bake up some oatmeal raisin cookies? Just because you don’t have the perfect Valentine’s recipe doesn’t mean you can’t engage in a bake-off with your kids.  Make whatever you have ingredients for, whether it’s rice crispy treats, pudding pops, or some jello jigglers.  Don’t limit yourself to only Valentine’s day themed deserts, bake because it’s a fun way to spend time with those you love.

5)   Create a Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt! Hide clues around the house eventually leading your children to a prize.  The prize could be anything from a stack of Hershey kisses to a big hug from mom and dad.  After all, it’s the journey, not the destination, that’s the fun part!

The activities above are quick and easy to prep with little time involved.  Share your easy Valentine’s day activities below.

 

November 29, 2011

Holiday Decorating Made Easy (And Fun!)

We’re excited to have Stephanie, a Marketing Manager for Children’s Books from Chronicle Books guest posting on our blog today. Chronicle Books publishes distinctive books, gifts and stationery for children and adults.

One of my favorite things about this time of year is getting the house decorated and ready for the holidays. Decorations come in all different shapes, sizes and styles from hand strung popcorn and cranberry garlands to glittering ornaments brought back from far away countries.  Although decorations vary from family to family, one thing’s for sure – it’s hard not to enjoy a decorated house.

An easy, but satisfying, decorating project is to make Shimmering Snowflakes from Holiday Crafting & Baking with Kids.  In just a few easy steps, you can create your own fun decorations to hang off the mantle or decorate the tree.  I made a few of these Shimmering Snowflakes this weekend and can’t wait to hang them up!

Shimmering Snowflakes Instructions

You can make these pretty snowflakes as simple or complex as you like.  To make them smaller or larger, simply adjust the length of your pipe cleaners to the size and design of your snowflake.  For a more traditional look, use white pipe cleaners, or add some pizzazz by using multicolored ones.  Hang them in the window, off the mantel, or on the tree!  The diagram will help you with the simple process, but once you begin, it becomes rudimentary.

MATERIALS (FOR ONE SNOWFLAKE)

6 silver or gold pipe cleaners (each 12 in) cut into the following lengths: 3 pieces –  6 inches, 6 pieces – 3 inches, 6 pieces – 2.5 inches, 6 pieces 2 inches

Needle-nose pliers

Shark scissors or wire cutters

Piece of silver or gold Christmas metallic elastic wrapping cord about 10 inches long

1. Join the three long pieces of pipe cleaner by twisting the

centers together and then stretching the spokes out. This

will create a six-pointed star. To be sure that the pipe

cleaners are securely attached, press the twisted area with

the needle-nose pliers.

2. Begin the spoke design by taking a 3-inch/7.5-cm piece of

pipe cleaner, placing it midway on one of the arms, and

wrapping it around the arm so that the pieces cross. Make

sure each spoke projects an equal distance on either side

of the arm; if necessary, trim the ends with scissors.

Secure with pliers. Repeat with the rest of the arms to

create all six spokes.

3. Repeat the process above with the next-longest pieces,

positioning them slightly above the first set of spokes.

4. Finally, repeat the process a third time with the remaining

pieces, adding them near the tips of the arms.

5. When you’re ready to hang the snowflakes, wrap a piece of

ribbon around one of the arms—tying it close to the middle

of the arm is best for balance—then gather the ribbon to

the back and tie the ends to make a loop.

Once the decorations and stories have put you and your little ones in the holiday mood, it’s time to celebrate!  And what would be better than a new holiday outfit to celebrate the Holiday Season?  Tea’s festive outfits and Chronicle’s seasonal books offer easy ways to prepare for the holidays.  How do you decorate for the holidays?   Share your answer in our comments section to be entered to win a Tea Collection holiday girls dress or a holiday boys outfit and Holiday Crafting & Baking with Kids, Follow the Star and Snow Baby.

Be sure to shop Chronicle Books wide selection of holiday stories this season.  Learn more by following their blog or by visiting their Facebook and Twitter.

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Congrats to Carmen Van Deursen, who will be winning the Tea holiday outfit of her choice and three great festive books from Chronicle Books. Chronicle Books wants to ensure that everyone has a chance to shop their great selection of holiday books so they are offering an exclusive promo for Studio T fans.  Use the promo code TEA11 to receive a 25% discount on your Chronicle Books purchase.  Hurry, this promo code expires 12/9/2011!

Thank you everyone for sharing your holiday decorating traditions!  Subscribe to our Studio T blog to learn about new contests, behind the design features, and all things Tea!