Beepy has really been into playing tea lately. There's a Backyardigans episode he likes where they have a tea party (great episode, one of my favorites too) and Troll brings Mole tea when he's blue in the Mole and Troll stories. There's probably other mentions of tea here and there in his books. I still don't quite understand why tea has so tickled his fancy. We don't drink tea; maybe that adds to its imaginary qualities?
Over the past few weeks I have seen him turn all sorts of toys into objects for pouring and drinking tea. I had a mommy conflict going on inside. If he's already having tea parties with other toys, does he really need a tea set? Doesn't this encourage his creativity? But we found a cute one yesterday at Dollar General for $3, and Grandma bought it for him.
All he could talk about from that point on was going back to Grandma and Grampa's house to play with his tea set. When we got back, he played with it, and he loved it. Of course, his favorite part was probably the "tea cakes" Grandma bought to go with it (strawberry newtons), but he also enjoyed pouring everyone a cup of tea, milk and orange juice. He was quite upset when it was time to go out to dinner, because he wanted to keep playing with his tea set. And when they got home? "I want my tea set!"
I am glad we got it for him. It should provide hours of tea party entertainment. Now I'm seeing all sorts of teaching opportunities with it too. We could work on math, manners, table settings...
Grandma also told us a story she read in an e-mail about a dad having a tea party with his three-year-old girl. He was doing some dad-like things (reading the paper, watching tv) while she played mostly by herself. Every so often, she would bring him a cup of tea (water) she had made. He would dutifully drink the tea and extoll its virtues. Eventually Mom came home, and he told her what they had been playing. She asked her husband if he knew where the only place was a three-year-old had access to water by herself.