Handmade Mother’s Day gifts; they’re usually colorful, sometimes pieced together in school, but always crafted with love. We are so honored to have Emily featured in DailyCandy.com’s round up of Mother’s Day gifts. The penholder is bright and messy, but you’ll find it on Em’s desk prominently displayed because it’s a constant reminder of her bright little messy ones, who are always filled with big hugs and kisses!
Today, we have Corey Villicana back on Studio T to share a beautiful DIY with you.
What better time to repurpose some of your children’s stained and abandoned tea brand clothing. Make a set of braided bracelets that your little ones can wear well into the summer!
Make sure you follow Corey’s adventures on her website and facebook page. We can’t wait to see the colorful bracelets you create. Take pictures and tag @tea_collection on instagram, your bracelet may just end up here on Studio T!
Have you heard of Safari West? Located only 75 miles north of San Francisco, Safari West is home to over 400 exotic mammals and birds. You can choose to stay overnight in one of their authentic African safari tents or a cottage, complete with a private bathroom and kitchenette. This 400-acre wildlife preserve has plenty to offer – check out their 2013 Photo Expedition two-day workshop if you’re interested in working on your photography skills.
We hear the San Diego Zoo has one of the country’s best lion exhibits. Want to spend more time amongst the animals? The ‘Roar & Snore Safari‘ allows you to pack up and stay overnight on the campgrounds. If you live in the area you should look into their summer camp where your children would experience daily interaction with rhinos and giraffes.
Dallas, Texas is where you will find one of the top African Elephant exhibits. The Dallas Zoo‘s Giants of Savanna exhibit offers access to elephants, giraffes, impalas, zebras, lions and other native African animals. Don’t miss out on the giraffe feeding while you’re there! For $5, you’re little one can hand feed a giraffe fresh greens and rye crackers.
The Kansas City Zoo was ranked number one in the nation by authors Allen W. Nyhuis and Jon Wassner for their “African Animals and Exhibits.” Their 95-acre African exhibit represents five nations with an extensive collection of animals. Elephant demonstrations are held daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Soon the Cincinnati Zoo‘s African exhibit will be the largest animal exhibit in zoo history! Currently they’re working to expand the yard for the Massai giraffe and creating a new and improved home for the cheetahs “where guests will be able to witness cheetahs doing what they do best – running!”
What zoo’s are your favorite for African animals? We want to hear!
Visit your local Tea retailer to find out if they have any zoo favorites in your community.
“Tonight you get to pick three books!” Sound familiar?
Whether it’s a nightly routine, an afternoon activity or a monthly trip to the book store, reading with children is one of the greatest bonding experiences we have with our little ones. Together we’re able to travel to far away places to meet heros and Kings, giggle with talking animals, and escape reality. As fun and whimsical as children’s books may be, they truly help our little citizens gain a better understanding of themselves and the world around them. We believe it’s important that we introduce multicultural books into our nightly routines to open their eyes to the great big world they’re part of.
Today we’re sharing three of our favorite South African children’s books with you in hopes that they’ll be incorporated into your routine in one way or another!
Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales, Various Authors and Illustrators
32 of Nelson Mandela’s favorite African folktales bound into one book. These stories have been passed down from generation to generation in Africa, now it’s time you share them in your home in hopes that the stories will live on through new generations worldwide. Complete with a map, you can see where each story originates. Travel through Africa by way of story with your little one with this beautiful collection of tales!
The Mother of Monsters, Retold by Fran Parnell and illustrated by Sophie Fatus
The Chief’s daughter Ntombi, isn’t afraid of the frightening Ilunge River like everyone else. When she goes there for a swim she finds a very unhappy monster, Mother of Monsters, causing more trouble than she could ever imagine!
The Gift of the Sun, Diane Stewart and Jude Daly
Thulani loves to bask in the sun, but life as a farmer leaves little time for this. One night he has an idea to exchange his troublesome goat for a sheep, the first trade of many in hopes of making his life easier. With every trade, his wife becomes more and more irritated until one day, Thulani receives a gift from the sun that will ultimately change his life forever.
We are so pleased to share with you the latest book from The Global Fund for Children (GFC). Global Baby Girls is more than a collection of beautiful, close-up baby portraits from around the world–it bears an important message that, no matter where they are born, “girls can grow up to change the world.” We asked staff at GFC and our staff at Tea Collection, “Why do baby girls matter to you and to the world?” Be sure to share your thoughts with us as well!
“My daughter, Talia will be seven weeks old on Friday, March 22nd. I could never have imagined feeling such a fierce and intense love. Talia is a global citizen who is strong, bold and bright. Like all baby girls everywhere, she is a blessing to our community and the world over!” –Maya Ajmera, The Global Fund for Children
“What would this world be without little Princesses? Not the spoiled, holier-than-thou type. The little Princesses who grow up and explore the world around them… The ones who realize they’re just a little piece of this giant puzzle and they’re determined to make their mark on the world. They seek out challenges and are inspired by other cultures, they learn new languages and dream of one day ruling the world. They then raise their own little Princesses, encouraging them to dream big, see big and never lose faith in big hearts.” –Jessie Bandy, Tea Collection
“Baby girls matter to me and the rest of the world because they hold our future in their tiny little hands.” –Sandra Macías del Villar, The Global Fund for Children
“Baby girls are a powerful force for the future. Given support and the tools to succeed, baby girls will grow up to change the world! They will become mothers, sisters, best friends, students, teachers, leaders. They will stand up for what they believe in, they will initiate change and they will fuel growth. They will set the course for generations to come. Each baby girl has a whole world of possibilities ahead of her. And, that is incredibly inspiring.” –Diane DeRousseau, Tea Collection
“Sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what little girls are made of. But that old-fashioned adage leaves out the gritty, the bold, the brave, the determined, the free-spirited, the sporty, and the clever. Today’s baby girls might grow up to be the President, teachers, sports stars, doctors, nurses, artists, and moms – and everything in between. The possibilities are limitless for so many, but not for all. The most important thing is that every girl everywhere can reach her full promise with all the access, choice, and opportunities she needs to do so. A girl’s potential should not be defined by where she is born, but determined by her limitless dreams and by the pathways we help create that lead to them.” –Victoria Dunning, The Global Fund for Children
“I do not have a daughter but I have two younger sisters and I remember my excitement when each sister was born. I remember carrying my sister on my hip and feeling a protective pride in this fascinating creature, so full of possibilities. I loved my role in showing the world to them, teaching them how to read and climb trees. Baby girls matter, just as baby boys, because they represent our future and, as society becomes more progressive, their opportunities to lead, influence and change the world are limitless.” –Lydia Bruno, Tea Collection
“Baby girls matter because today, more than ever before, they have the power and opportunity to shape the world we live in and make it better not only for future generations of baby girls, but for babies of all genders and backgrounds. I am raising my “baby girl” (now 7) to be mindful of the privileges she enjoys, growing up in the U.S. today, thanks to the tenacity, energy and spirit of those who came before her. I’m hoping she will strive to pay it forward.” –Esther Buss, Tea Collection
“Baby girls are a promise for our future. They are future mothers and providers for their children. And we need to make sure our baby girls know their innate power to shape the world for the coming generations.” –Teresa Weathington, The Global Fund for Children
Step 1: Start beading your safety pins. We put 5 seed beads (size 6/0) onto each small safety pin. As you are beading start to envision a desirable pattern or make it completely random for a kaleidoscope effect.
*Please note since sharp objects are involved, this craft is for children 8 years and up.
Step 2: Make sure you use needle nose pliers to clamp each safety pin permanently closed. No booboos here!
Step 3: Cut two pieces of elastic 5 inches longer than the circumference of your child’s wrist.
Step 4: Tie a knot with the two pieces of elastic. Start stringing your safety pins in the desirable pattern. We did all the tops on the top string and all the bottoms on the other.
Step 5: When you are done beading, tie a knot on each elastic cord (top and bottom separately). Then knot with the other side to create a full circle.
Wear our Rosebank Mini Dress and Mtititi Floral Tunic Top withyour safety pin bracelet.
Wear your safety pin bracelet with any of our girls dresses or girls tops. We really liked how the yellow beads complimented the yellow accents in our Rosebank Mini Dress. Get creative with your bracelet patterns and girls outfits and share with us on our Facebook.
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!
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 email@example.com with “Activity Book Entry” in the subject line. We pick one winner each month to receive a $100 Tea gift certificate.
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.
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.
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.