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.
a. White or brown paper
b. Watercolor paints
d. White crayon
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.
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.
Inspired by handmade decorative Korean paper. We brought it back in its original printed poplin wrap style dress with side tie closure. Be an original!
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!
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
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.
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.
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!
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
1) Mix all of the ingredients together.
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.
Important 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.
4) 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.
5) 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.
When 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.
Influenced 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.
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.
Lid of an egg carton
Hole punch or sharp pencil
Straw or stick
Paints & paintbrush or markers
Cut a triangle from the construction paper.
Punch 2 or 3 holes along one side of the paper.
Weave a straw or stick through the holes in the paper triangle.
Paint the inside of the egg carton lid.
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.
It has a Japanese aesthetic with nautical notes named after the boat that brought the first Japanese immigrants to Brazil in 1908.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
We took flowers from three different bouquets we had in the office.
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.
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.
The finished product- all three flower headbands.
Of course, our Tea staff members jumped at the opportunity to model these lovely headpieces.
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.
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.
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!
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.