Tea Party

This is a post for my therapy activities blog, and I added it to my home blog.  I am linking to Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.

A tea party is fun for both young and old. It is even more fun when you use a nice china tea set and fancy linens. More motivation is real food and real drink. Preparation and clean-up is of course a big part of the activity.

You can work on cutting food, pouring, opening containers and packages, using an involved side to pour, setting the table, washing dishes.

Invite a friend or other client to stimulate the social interaction as well.

Materials:

  • Tea set (cups, saucers, tea pot, plates, utensils depending on food used) 
  • Linens (if you want) 
  • Food – cookies, muffins, etc
  • Drink – water, tea, juice, milk

 Skills:
  • Range of motion (reaching for items and setting the table)
  •  ADLs – home skills
  •  Upper extremity strength – pouring the tea
  •  Upper extremity coordination
  •  Feeding skills – cutting with a knife and using utensils
  •  Planning – if they plan the food etc.

The tea set in the above pictures was from Costco 10 plus years ago.  I searched tea sets on Amazon, and here is a stinkin cute one.

**** I often will link to things on Amazon. These are usually affiliate links that will pay me a couple of dollars if you happen to buy something while there.

Comments

  1. Lana says:

    I am a sucker for a children's tea party–I've even had two birthday for my daughters with that theme!
    You're right about the skills involved, too!!!!

    Hugs, Lana

  2. Miss Merry says:

    Your posts are always so dreamlike to me. Very special! Your children are blessed that you are providing these memories for them.

  3. jill says:

    Precious! I had a tea party with my little one and it was magic! These are the things they will always remember.

  4. Mimi says:

    What an adorable tea set!

  5. The Quintessential Magpie says:

    Very cute set and a fun tea party!

    Happy Tablescape Thursday…

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

  6. Smart Mommy says:

    It is amazing that all of the pieces have survived the kids in Occupational Therapy and my own kids using it.

  7. Red Couch Recipes says:

    Such a cute tea set! Joni

  8. Maria says:

    My kids are grown and gone, but the children's tea set is still on display!