A tea party is just the activity for a preschool teacher who needs a little something different. It is a useful closing project to lessons such as manners, the letter "T," renaissance times and other cultures. Whether it's a teddy bear tea or an Old English tea party, your students will have a blast creating fancy accessories for their beverage bash.
Get into the spirit of a tea party by constructing your own fancy cups. Preschoolers can mould well-chilled, unbaked cookie dough into a lightly greased muffin tin to create edible teacups. Circle-shaped cookies may act as the teacup saucers, and students can paint icing onto their tableware. Although they do not hold a beverage, the tasty tumblers will add an interactive activity to your party planning.
Fancy Napkins and Place Mats
What is a tea party without pretty napkins for your lap? Allow each student to use his imagination and fold his paper napkin into an inventive sculpture. A student can create her favourite pet, a parent or guardian, or just a piece of artistry.
In addition, hand each student a large piece of construction paper and various art supplies to draw shape patterns, decorations or the alphabet along the border of the paper, empowering the student to fabricate a work of imagination.
Top Hat Tea
The ladies and gents attending the party will be dressed for tea after they construct chapeaus to wear. With a little imagination, a student can adhere a paper plate and a few pieces of paper together to create either a top hat for a boy or a floppy bonnet for a girl. Connect a couple of strands of ribbon or yarn to the hat and you've got a wardrobe fit for a queen (or king).
Pretty Preschool Place Cards
Each child will know exactly where to sit when she creates her own pretty place card. After folding a square of construction paper or card stock in half, each child can use a variety of art supplies to decorate and design his placement card with items such as flowers, drawings, items from the recent lesson theme or a favourite animal. Some preschoolers are able to write their names on their cards; those who can't may draw self-portraits to display at the seating arrangement.