We have a new late morning ritual around here. Tea time! The Little Dude was digging around in the cutlery drawer the other day (don't ask, I don't know why) and he found a little tiny spoon. "Why is this spoon so little?" he asked. "Its from that tiny play set that came with the little tea set of cups and saucers and stuff." I told him. And he got all excited, as he always does when he remember stuff from his "past". "I REMEMBER that!" he crowed. "It had all those little cups and a teapot and stuff. We need to find that! And have tea!" And so we did. We've had tea parties before. I mean, who doesn't like a nice warm sweet little cuppa and a biscuit? But what was fun about this particular tea party was this was the first time that I set it up so they could do all the 'steps' of preparing their cup of tea themselves. I put actual (decaf chai) tea in the little pot, and sugar in the sugar bowl and (almond) milk in the teeny little milk pitcher.
But the Baby finds it a bit more challenging, as the scattering of spilled sugar and milk in this photo will attest to. But oh how he loves to do it all, just like his big brother does. And his concentration, as he holds the pitcher just so and pours so carefully is beautiful to behold.
And as with most activities you do with kids this age, we made pretty quick work of that tea. Even a half-dozen little cups of tea get downed pretty quickly and of course, the cookies last bit a moment. And then it was time to clean up. The Little Dude, who is not normally one to be very, um, helpful when it comes to chores, surprised me by getting into the washing up. He was just so enamoured with his re-discovered tea set, that when I cunningly filled the sink with warm soapy water and pulled up a chair and suggested that he was the dishes for me, he surprised himself even, by agreeing to it.
And the Baby helped too, by clearing the table and bringing the dishes over for his brother to wash.Oh, and also by chugging what was left of the now cold tea directly out of the tea pot. Yep, he's a real class act, that kid.