Sweet Pea is 4 years old.
From: Sweet Pea loves a good tea party, however, I partly posted about this activity so I could give away a bag of vanilla tea.
- A tea set (real, toy or imaginary).
- Help your tot set the table (or floor) for their tea party.
- Invite a few of your tot’s stuffed animals to the party.
- Allow your tot pretend to serve tea and snacks.
- Have fun!
Observations: Sweet Pea loves tea parties and all other types of pretend play. This sort of imaginary play is probably her favorite thing to do right now.
I highly recommend playing make believe with your child, whether it is just having a tea party or pretending to be pirates, princesses, superheros, dinosaurs or whatever else your child is currently in love with. Imaginative play helps your child comprehend the world, learn social skills, build memory, expand his vocabulary and a whole host of other good stuff.
Notes from the Trenches: Full disclosure: Imaginative play is probably the hardest type of play for me to engage in with Sweet Pea. I love doing arts and crafts with her, going to the park, reading aloud and lots of other activities, but pretend play simultaneously makes me anxious (“OMG! I have so much else I should be doing!!”) bored (“How many times in a row can she possibly want to pretend that we are dogs?”) and guilty (“I should be enjoying this because she is only going to be a little girl for such a short period of time.”).
After many episodes of this, I came up with a simple solution. I set a timer. Pretend play used to stretch out in front of me with no end. Now, I tell Sweet Pea that we only have 10 or 20 minutes to play, set a timer, and can actually (mostly) enjoy the time with her. If I start to dwell on the fact that I haven’t started dinner yet, I mentally picture the timer steadily counting down and am able to focus my attention back to Sweet Pea.
Rating: 3 Stars * (Fun, Easy, Frugal)
I drink a lot of tea. I mostly stick with decaf since any caffeine I consume tends to keeps me awake until 3am. I recently ordered some (amazingly delicious) Decaf Comoro Vanilla Tea from Harney & Sons, but they accidentally sent me regular instead of decaf. When I contacted them about an exchange, they very kindly told me they would send me the decaf and to just give the regular away to one of my friends. How lucky for my readers! I thought the bag of regular vanilla tea would make a perfect giveaway for one of you.
How to Enter: Just submit a comment below telling me what your favorite type of tea is.
The Fine Print: This giveaway is for a 1 lb bag of Harney and Sons Vanilla Tea. This is a loose leaf tea, not contained in tea bags. You must leave a valid email when you submit your comment so I can contact you in the event that you win the contest. I am using random.org to select the winning comment number from all of the valid entries. This contest is open to continental U.S. residents only. The deadline for entry is Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 11:59pm Central Standard Time. Winners will be contacted and announced shortly thereafter.