The month of November must have had a lot of rainy days because there were so many creative little citizens who participated in our Activity Book Contest. This month, Olivia dazzled our Tea staff with her tribe of snowy monsters with actual snow! Congratulations, Olivia!
Olivia’s snowy creation.
We love the snowy hula monster.
Thank you everyone for entering and be sure to submit a new picture for December’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 firstname.lastname@example.org with “Activity Book Entry” in the subject line. We pick one winner each month to receive a $100 Tea gift certificate.
Download all of our activity book pages by visiting our activity printouts blog tag.
Recently, Studio T teamed up with Made by Joel who has been featured on the Martha Stewart Living Show and various print publications for his ingenious craft ideas and ability to make art accessible.
Learn how to make paper slotted animals with Joel:
We’ve been enjoying a lot of indoor paper crafts lately, and a few days ago we made some little slotted animals based on a wooden set that I made awhile back. I was lucky enough to get to work on this craft with Tea, so the color pallet for our animals is based on their very fun Nordic collection. I love the idea of celebrating winter with red, cool blue, and yellow green.
Nordic inspired paper slotted animals.
Cutting out the slotted animals.
Cutting the animal shapes out and putting them together was just the right amount of challenge for the kids. They were quite focused, and really enjoyed seeing them stand up when they finished. After getting the hang of it, my son started making his own creations, including a Jabba the Hut and Luke Skywalker. Cool! (See photo below)
A little crafter’s original creation of Luke Skywalker and Jabba the Hut.
The kids enjoying their slotted animals.
Making them is easy. Just cut out a body shape and two legs. Then cut slots so you can stand them up. Click here for a Made by Joel for Tea Paper Slot Animals Printable or you can make your own designs! If you use a thicker paper, then you might need to cut your slots slightly wider so the feet stay straight.
After you finish, you can take them apart and put them in a little box or envelope. Then you can take them on the go to restaurants, etc.
GFC distributing Tea clothes in Feng County.
Over the past few years, Tea has worked hand in hand with the Global Fund for Children (GFC) to donate money and resources to grassroots organizations that transform the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children. This past summer Tea sent clothes to GFC to donate in China’s Feng County. Many children in this area of rural China are considered “invisible” because they are neglected by the government and unaccounted for. It takes dedicated grassroots organizations to find and help these forgotten kids.
One reason we keep giving. Do your part today.
You too can help GFC reach more needy children. Every holiday season, Tea and GFC collaborate and create the Little Citizens Holiday Pajamas. All proceeds from the purchase of these pajamas go towards the Global Fund for Children, so they can help children around the world learn, grow, and thrive.
Dress your little citizen up for the holidays!
2012 Summer Olympics
Feeling lost without the Olympics? We were feeling a bit lonely as well. Never fear, backyard Olympics are here! On a recent family vacation, we had our own Olympic fun. Since everyone can’t be Michael Phelps or Gabby Douglas, we played games from Minute to Win It. This was a great way to introduce the real spirit of the Olympics to the kids while literally laughing our socks off. The Olympics are not only about winning medals and breaking records, so much more lies behind the five rings than meets the eye. While the spirit of competition is palpable across the world, many forget about the sense of unity and respect amongst the nations that partake in this grand ceremony.
To play, we had the kids pick teammates and countries to represent. As soon as we had the kids pick their country of choice, I could see a light bulb went off in their heads. Things started to make sense. No longer were the Olympics only about winning the gold medal but about representing your country with pride.
We played a total of 4 games: homemade Ring Toss, Face the Cookie, Shake your Tail Feather, and a Hop Off.
Team United Kingdom's best effort at the Olympic Ring Toss.
The ring toss was so simple to make. I used an empty paper towel roll, wrapped it in colored tape and attached it to a piece of cardboard. I cut the rings out of paper plates and painted them in Olympic fashion.
Tyler concentrating on getting the Oreo into his mouth.
Face the Cookie was by far the funniest game. All you need is a few Oreo cookies and a chair. Have your contestant tilt their head back in the chair. Place the Oreo on their forehead and begin. The object is to move the Oreo down your face into your mouth using only your facial muscles all in under a minute.
Shake the ping pong balls out as fast as you can.
Shake your Tail Feather required a little more preparation. Save those empty tissue boxes and attach a belt to it and fill it with ping pong balls. Attach the box-belt concoction to your waist just above your rear end. The object here is to shake out all the box’s contents as quickly as possible.
Which country can outlast the rest ?
Last but not least, our Hop Off displayed each country’s ability to stay hoping on one foot for the longest.
Olympic Medal Ceremony
After four games, Botswana won gold, France won silver, and the United Kingdom came in third with bronze.
Blair Stocker is a mother to Ian and Emma, wife to Peter, and maker of things, living in Seattle, Washington. She believes that the best of days involve making something and enjoying the process whether it be sewing, spray painting, cooking, or creating things with her kids. She blogs about her creative pursuits at wise craft.
diy finger crochet tutorial
I’m so excited to share a project today on Studio Tea! This is an easy project for kids of all ages (and adults too). When my kids were smaller and we were out and about, I would use this to keep their little hands occupied if we were waiting in line and had time to spare. All you need to finger crochet is a ball of yarn. In fact, the hardest part is choosing a yarn color. My daughter and I did this the other night and found the whole process very meditative and enjoyable. Give it a try!
Print out your own Finger Crochet tutorial.
My daughter and I used lengths of finger crochet to create a necklace (try adding large beads or bells). We also held 2 yarns at the same time to crochet new shoelaces. See what you can come up with.
Download your Ride the Magic Bike Activity Printout.
Once you’re done, submit your creation to email@example.com for your chance to win a $100 Tea gift certificate! Every month, Tea staff will pick one artistic little citizen to win! Honorable mentions will also be uploaded into their own featured blog post. Let your creative juices flow and show us your inner artist!
This activity was inspired by the Cycle Chic tee.
Cycle Chic Tee
Cycle in style without a care in world. It’s easy to inspire adventure with a sweet pink tee. Check out the nods to Danish architecture and needlework details that bring Copenhagen to life.
Last Saturday the Oakland Zoo celebrated Earth Day with their “Take Action for Animals” event. Conservation organizations from all over came out to teach little citizens about animal awareness and protection. I’ve been working with the Red Panda Network for nearly five years now. While Red Pandas have been gaining popularity in the last few years, most people still don’t know about them. So I was pleasantly surprised to see how popular our booth was.
top left picture: Pinju, one of the red pandas available for adoption via the Red Panda Network
middle right picture: Master Shifu via ShareTV
all other pictures from the day of the event
Most children were shocked and excited to learn that Master Shifu from Kung Fu Panda was actually a red panda. The children, as well as many parents, were curious and enthusiastic to be learning about an animal they had just heard about for the first time. We had over 200 future conservationists come to our table to create a Red Panda mask. To learn about Red Pandas visit: The Red Panda Network. They also have a great program Red Panda Ranger program for children who want to learn more about Red Pandas.