Everything is better with tea

Tea for you and two for tea! The brilliant thing about these ideas is they’ll keep your child busy while you prepare a cuppa.  

1) Brilliant butterfly decoration: kids can set the scene for their tea party with this pretty DIY paper bunting.

What you’ll need: coloured or wrapping paper squares, pipe cleaner, string

1. Ask your child to fold a square of paper backwards and forwards from corner to corner to make a concertina.

2. Now they do the same thing with a different coloured piece of paper.

3. Then they pinch the two together and wrap a pipe cleaner around the middle to make a butterfly shape.

4. Loop the top part of the antenna around a piece of string to hang the butterfly.

5. Now they repeat to make lots of butterflies.


Photo courtesy of Mister Maker Magazine.

2) Play clay cupcakes: challenge your kids to make these cakes that look good enough to eat!

What you’ll need: play clay, imagination

What you do:

1. Ask your child to shape one colour of play clay to make the sponge.
2. Now they roll out another colour and lay it over the sponge to make icing.
3. Then they can decorate it with flowers, spots or whatever they like.
4. When they slice into it, it will look like a real cake!

 OR, if you fany some real cakes…

3) Stir up a treat: corn flake cakes are always a winner and you can’t beat this recipe from BBC Good Food.

What you’ll need: 50g butter, 100g milk chocolate broken into chunks, 3tbsp golden syrup, 100g corn flakes, cake cases

What you do:

1. Ask your little baker to put the butter, chocolate chunks and golden syrup into a saucepan or a microwaveable bowl.
2. Melt the mixture over a low heat or for a short amount of time in the microwave and let it cool for a little bit.
3. Get your little one to add the corn flakes and mix it all together.
4. Now they can dollop the mixture into cake cases and pop them in the fridge to set.

 Photo courtesy of BBC Good Food.

4) Mad hatter’s marshmallows: assembling these novelty biscuits turns snack-time into a tea party treat.

What you’ll need; round biscuits (we used ginger biscuits), icing sugar, normal and mini marshmallows (or snip some pieces off normal marshmallows), large chocolate buttons, gummy sweet rings (cut in half)

What you do:

1. Mix the icing sugar with water to make a thick paste and let your child spread the icing over a biscuit.
2. Stick a marshmallow on top.
3. Now they can stick a chocolate button on top (using a drop of icing as glue).
4. Then use more icing to stick on a sweet handle.
5. Top with mini marshmallows.

 Photo courtesy of Sarah Wills.

And finally, the entertainment…

5) Make a buzz: it’s easy to create a cool DIY kazoo.

What you’ll need:  a loo roll, baking paper and an elastic band, plus paint and sequins to decorate

What you do:

1. Show your child how to pop baking paper over the end of a cardboard tube and secure with an elastic band or hair bobble.
2. Now they can decorate the tube.
3. Then hum a tune into the open end of the tube.
4. And now you can enjoy the results of your kids’ hard work (with another cup of tea of course).