Taking tea is a gentle way for children to hone fine motor and social skills. Serving tea means pouring, a basic skill we all need for independent living. Pouring involves eye-hand coordination, muscle control, spatial awareness, critical thinking, and self-regulation. How much tea will the pot hold? Is that enough for everyone to have a cup? Must I hold the lid on the pot to keep it off falling off when I tip the pot? If I don’t pay attention, I could spill the tea. That might spoil the party. I think I’ll pour slowly and stop before the cup gets too full. Once the party is underway, social interaction leads to social skill development.
In this time of Covid-19 when we’re safer at home, tea time makes an ordinary day feel extraordinary. Anticipate the pleasures that await. Discuss plans and make preparations. Who will be attending? Will a favorite teddy or beloved doll be joining in the festivities? What will you serve? Make a menu. Decide who will do what to get ready. Perhaps the child sets the table while the adult prepares the tea service. Then on the day of the party, dress up. The queen will not be coming, what with travel restrictions and social isolation. Nevertheless this is a proper tea. Our days have become dull. What better antidote to monotony than afternoon tea poured from a porcelain tea pot? Enjoy!