As parents we know that drinking a hot cup of tea or coffee is a gift. A gift of precious time. It can not be drunk fast when it is hot, so it requires minutes of our day to slowly sip away at it. Those moments of still, of calm, are what gets many of us through busy eventful days. So why don't we encourage mini sprouts to enjoy the time with us?
Having a real "tea party" is not just about drinking tea. It is providing our children the opportunity to learn about calm, stillness and quiet while the tea brews in the pot. The suspense of waiting until it is ready to drink. The fine motor skills needed to line the spout of the pot up over the opening of the cup. The mathematics needed to estimate when enough water has left the pot so it won't overfill the cup. The resilience when you need to try it all again because you did not guess right. The language you use when you discuss what it tastes, feels and looks like. The conversations about how to hold the handle and the balance needed to hold a full cup level. A shared experience of time spent with someone focussing on the right now. A break from a busy day. These are all learning experiences children flourish with. So next time you are craving a cuppa, think about sharing the experience with your mini sprout too.
P.S We have the perfect sized tea sets that we use for our tea parties in both ceramic and wood. We use Herbal teas at home, in different colours, you can grab them from a local supplier or supermarket.