Your kids will love inviting their stuffed animals to a very exclusive tea party! This is a classic activity which develops kids’ creativity, vocabulary and imagination through role play. It also builds on kids’ social skills as they introduce you to all their favourite stuffed friends!
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Teddies are not just for children, a person who collects teddy bears is called an ‘arctophile’. Over 50 per cent of adults still have their childhood soft toy.
A blanket or sheet
All of your favourite stuffed animals
(Real food optional!)
About the activity
Spread a blanket on the floor and lay out your teacups and plates around the edge of the blanket. Add your teapot to the centre of the circle. This part you can do with your child or set it all up to perfection and enjoy the look on their face.
Get your child to retrieve all of their favourite soft toys and invite them to the tea party. Organise the soft toys around the edge of the blanket remembering to leave space for yourselves. You can invite as many friends, with their own stuffed toys, as you like. The ‘tea’ is in endless supply!
Serve tea to all of your friends and let the conversation flow, ‘Thank you for coming Teddy, would you like some tea?’ Adults can help with the narrative if children are shy or worried about their ideas – there are no wrong answers, just let your imagination run wild!
This game is all about imagination but a few cupcakes will never go amiss!