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How will you be celebrating National Tea Day today?

Did you have pretend play tea parties as a child? I have fond memories of playing tea party with my sisters, our stuffed animals and dolls. We would put on fancy hats and white gloves as we sat at our child size table and chairs with our backs properly straight. Then, taking turns, we would carefully pour our pretend cups of tea. Some just had to have a dash of warmed milk. (little Becky’s tea cup)  Best of all, was always  passing the real biscuits.

Tea parties are excellent learning opportunities offering a way to practice introductions, social talk, and general etiquette.

Other benefits of a tea party is that pretend play is strongly linked to language, narrative language and abstract thinking. Examples of pretend play are: playing dress up, playing store, playing house, pushing trucks and cars .

You can encourage children’s love of pretending by supplying story ideas and raw materials. Their rich imaginations are one of children’s greatest learning tools. The more you incorporate pretend play, the more they’ll learn.

Now wouldn’t this be an ideal day for setting up a pretend tea party?

Wicker Basket Tea Set

One of our favorites is this wicker basket with the essentials for a tea party at home or on the go.