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National Hot Tea Month Activities for Seniors

Updated on January 30, 2015
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Senior Activity Ideas for January - National Hot Tea Month

January is National Hot Tea Month and this is a great theme for activities directors to use with their group of seniors.

Since everyone has some experience with hot tea, regardless of age or background, this is a fun theme that can reach out to a wide group. Using this theme, you can hold programs with your group that include arts and crafts, games, and other activities.

Happy National Hot Tea Month!

Hold a Tea Tasting

Tea Tasting
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Hold a Tea Tasting

Since there are so many varieties of tea, a tea tasting is a perfect way to introduce the group to something new while still being in their comfort zone. It is also a great social program that sparks discussion between the members of the group.

There are two ways you can run the tea tasting. The first is to do a blind tea tasting where they try to identify what kind of tea it is they are tasting. Alternatively, you can simply offer many types of different teas (in small portions) for them to taste. If you do this, then it is important to have a wide variety of teas, and, if possible, some teas that would be new to them.

Host a Tea Party

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Hosting a Tea Party

This is the most obvious of all the National Hot Tea Month activities. If you have a women's group, you can plan a special tea party just for them, or you can host an event for everyone.

Make the event special by sending a lovely invitation and asking them to dress in their finest.

Decorate the room with flowers and lace. Lay fake pearls across the tables to give it that Victorian tea party feel. Have some old music playing.

Inter-generational Idea

Invite some young girls to a ladies tea party. Check with your local Girl Scout or Brownie troops for interested groups. Perhaps you could send invites to granddaughters (and great-granddaughters) of some of your seniors for a Granddaughter Tea Party.

It should be a fun time for everyone!

Hot Tea Trivia

Tea Games & Activities

Milk in the tea?

Do you put milk in your tea?

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Activities

  • Take some polls and discuss the results of the group

    What percentage of your group prefers tea to coffee? What percentage puts milk in their tea? What percentage likes their tea strong? Which type of tea is the most favored? What percentage of your group prefers hot tea to iced tea?

  • How Many Teas Can You Name?

    Using a white board, chalk board, or large pad to keep track, as a group try to think of as many different types of tea as you can. You could make this a game, by dividing into two teams, and going back and forth.

  • Tea Party Bingo

    Bingo is favorite amongst most seniors, and there is a great Tea Party Bingo Game game that comes with a story to read. You can reuse the cards and play again by pulling the words from a bag.

  • How Many Words...?

    How many words can you find in "Earl Gray"? "Tea Party"? "Cup of Tea"?

    Another alternative would be to think of words with "tea" in it (like teach, tear, steak). Here is list of words with tea in them.

    A lower functioning group could try to name things in the room that start with "T".

  • Tell Some Tea Jokes

    Yeah, they're corny, but they're still fun. Check out this list of tea jokes.

  • Teacup/Teapot Matching Game

    Print out two copies of several photos of teacups or teapots and hang face down on a board or wall. Clearly number each photo. Divide the group into a few teams (or if it's a small group, play individually). Have someone on a team call out two numbers, and flip them over. If they match, then they get a point and get to go again. The team with the most points at the end wins. There are photos of teacups and teapots below that would work great for this.

Hot Tea Short Stories

Short Stories to Read Aloud

Reading to your group of seniors is an excellent activity that they enjoy, especially as their eyesight may not allow them to read as much as they used to.

It can be a good fill-in when another program falls through or goes short (and we all know that happens). It is nice to have a few short stories on hand at all times.

Reading short stories is a nice activity to provide to volunteers if you have them. Some people may not be comfortable leading a big program themselves, but would enjoy reading to them.

  • A Cup of Tea by Katherine Mansfield

    A Cup of Tea is a lovely short story written in 1922. It is available to be read online for free courtesy of New Zealand Electronic Text Center, or it can be downloaded for free as an audio book from LibraVox (Story #4).

  • Ginger Root Tea by Lotay Yang

    Ginger Root Tea is a short story by blogger Lotay Yang.

  • A Nice Cup of Tea by George Orwell

    A nice Cup of Tea is an essay on making great tea that was first published in the Evening Standard newspaper of 12 January 1946.

Tea Crafts

Craft Projects

  • Make a Tea Bag Wreath

    How do you decorate for National Hot Tea Month? With a tea bag wreath! Check out this wreath made with clothes pins, and this other variation on it.

  • Do Tea Bag Decoupage

    Tea bags have beautiful colors and artwork on their packaging so they are great for decoupage. Check out this tea bag clipboard. You can use the same idea to decoupage a small wooden box, or a small board as a door hanging.

  • Make Paper Crafts

    Teacups and teapots are great shapes so paper crafts are perfect for National Hot Tea Month. Be sure to have some pieces already cut out ahead of time for those who have a hard time cutting. Try these: Teacup Tidings, Teacup Card.

  • Make Teacup Candles

    While this may not work for every senior group (as residences often do not allow candles), this is a fun and beautiful craft. Turn a teacup into a lovely candle like these.

Arts

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Cooking

Tea Cookies

It seems pretty obvious that during National Hot Tea Month, the cooking group should make tea cookies. Here are some recipes for cookies made with tea, and cookies that taste great with tea.

- Recipe: Earl Grey Tea Cookies

- Recipe: Almond Tea Cookies

- Recipe: Polish Tea Cookies

- Recipe: Lemon Tea Cookies

- Recipe: Green-Tea Shortbread

- Presentation Idea: Tea Bag Cookies

You can use your favorite cookie recipe with one of these cookie cutters:

Tea Quotes

There is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage. ~Catherine Douzel

There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea. ~Bernard-Paul Heroux

Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. ~Thich Nat Hahn

If you are cold, tea will warm you. If you are too heated, it will cool you. If you are depressed, it will cheer you. If you are excited, it will calm you. ~Gladstone

All true tea lovers not only like their tea strong, but like it a little stronger with each year that passes. ~George Orwell

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      June Nash 4 years ago

      I love tea parties. I haven't yet thrown one, but would like to. I book marked this lens so I can keep coming back for ideas.

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      I love this idea too. I didn't realize that January is National Hot Tea Month. I will make a note of this on my activity calendar. We are having a Summer Survival Tea and Fashion Show (with Lutheran Thrift Store) in the end of Sept. High and Low Teas are great activities.

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      Chocolatealchemy 5 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      What a brilliant creative Lens - I love it! You've shared some great ideas and links, can't wait to check out them out. You so deserved LOTD.

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      Ladyeaglefeather 5 years ago

      Very cool lens. I love tea. Some times I use milk, it depends on the type of yea I am drinking.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      I used to put milk in my tea ... but not anymore ... now it's lemon.

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      Gatortail2 5 years ago

      I have always believed America should never had a Boston Tea Party but rather a Boston Coffee Party and thrown that file smelling black varnish overboard instead. I have a problem at every business meeting tea is never offered and I must endure the stench of coffee throughout the meeting!

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      TrebAllen 5 years ago

      This is an absolutely beautiful, well laid out and informative lens. Congratulations on your very well deserved LotD!

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      cweshen1 5 years ago

      Cool, I love tea! some of my favorites are Jasmine, Irish Breakfast, Green Tea (there are many kinds), Celestial Seasonings many teas also. Love the lens, wish I had thought of it!!

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      I don't much enjoy the taste of tea. But I really do enjoy the ritual and the beautiful cups and tea pots. Lovely lens.

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      Never knew there was any such thing. Great lens and glad you got LOTD!

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      Delia 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! Really lovely lens...I have a nice collection of Tea pots and sugar bowls

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Lovely lens and well deserving of LOTD. Congrats and it is now featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen and also on Squidoo LOTD Lenses, Hugs

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      I was going to nominate this for LOTD, but you got it. Congrats. Tea all the way :)

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      Christine Hulme 5 years ago from SE Kent, England

      congratulations on LOTD and a lovely inspiring lens- well done!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I just love these cups, we don't have any mugs at our place any more as it's much better drinking out of a tea cup

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      My late grandmother was British and very attached to her tea times. I have lovely memories of having tea with her.

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      June Parker 5 years ago from New York

      This is such a great lens with lots of tea worthy ideas to help celebrate National Hot Tea Month. Oh, and congrats on LOTD! *Squid Angel Blessed* and added to My Squid Angel Blessings 2012 to the "Holidays & Celebrations » Wacky Holidays " neighborhood.

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      cleanyoucar 5 years ago

      I love tea, especially after eating oily food, helps clean my pallete :D BTW congrats on the LOTD.

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      agoofyidea 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! Tea is a fine drink and I always feel so civilized when I drink it. Nice lens.

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      sheilamarie78 5 years ago

      I'm a big tea drinker, too. Love these ideas on this lens! You have a lucky group of seniors in your neighbourhood!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Glad to see you got the recognition you deserved for this lens with the LotD!!! Congrats! :) I'll sprinkle some angel dust around here to make it a little extra shiny.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 5 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Oh yes, count me in to celebrate National Hot Tea Month! Blessed

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Nine lens. I like my cup of tea. Nice and hot, so I can sip it. As you said the younger generation drinking tea now, I was quite surprised when my 18 year old grandson said he would have a cup of tea with me and I could see he enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing. Blessed

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love tea.

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      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      I wish I knew the email address of the activities director at my mother-in-law's retirement home. I would most definitely share this page about National Hot Tea month with whoever it is. Clicked on the link for the Tea Bag Wreath above and Pinned it.

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      Pastor Kay 5 years ago

      @BunnyFabulous: This is a great idea. I've added it to the list. Inter-generational programs are always so enjoyed.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am a tea junkie, yes I confess, my whole family. Whenever something bad happens first thing is "Put the kettle on" as if that will cure all ills but psychologically it sure seems too. It lets you calm down and take time to think things out. Blessed!

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      BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Tea can also connect seniors with younger generations. My preschool-aged daughter and her 84 year-old grandmother love having tea parties together...both pretend ones and with real tea. They sometimes even invite me. ;) Congrats on LOTD!

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      Tea is my favorite beverage.

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      I love tea parties. And the pictures of the teacups are wonderful.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      One of the best times I've ever had was attending a Christmas tea with my daughter. We had such a good time and it brought us even closer enjoying the time together. We also used to have a tea once a month alternating between her house and mine. She's a busy RN now, so we don't get to do that any more. But I sure have some great "tea memories." Thanks for sharing a wonderful lens. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      Auntiekatkat 5 years ago

      Activities for Seniors during National Hot Tea month, has loads of ideas and tips and is a fantastic idea for al ens.

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      isimrikasharma 5 years ago

      I'll have to say that your lens is really nice. Well done.

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      This is so charming.. luv it. I have always adored pretty bone china tea cups. Angel blessed lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What delightful ideas for activities for Seniors during National Hot Tea month. Congrats on the LOTD designation, very well deserved.

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      Mollysue LM 5 years ago

      I love tea! My favorite at the moment is Darjeeling - not too strong and very calming. Great lens and congrats on LOTD.

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      MCB2011 5 years ago

      I love your lens. I love tea. This is a great lens, thank you.

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      What a fabulous topic and a great resource. Love the pretty teacup and teapot pictures, too. Great Lens of the Day - congratulations!

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      jodijoyous 5 years ago from New York

      I love tea, and today's the perfect day for it (chilly and damp).

      You can cook with tea too (not just cookies). I recently made an Indian dish with chickpeas and tea. Very good too!

      Congratulations on LOTD!

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      kosmicfashions 5 years ago

      Nice content! I love to have a cup of tea, or chai, as it is known as in India..Here's to the Hot Tea Month!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Doing the LotD dance of joy with you, congratulations...and blessed!

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      Gayle 5 years ago from McLaughlin

      How exciting to get LOTD. Very fun article! I am just starting to drink hot tea. Your lens caught my eye!

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      Perrin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Congratulations on LOTD and to God be the glory! Lovely content.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @getopinion: im totally agreed with you, i Felt Thirty

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      Karnel 5 years ago from Lower Mainland of BC

      Thanks for sharing have yourself a great day...

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      girlfriendfactory 5 years ago

      Congrats on getting Lens of the Day!!! I adore tea and have been drinking it since I was little. My grandmother started me on it and since I do not like coffee at all, it's worked out well for me. ;) I did see a nice bit on tea cozies and for seniors who like to sew or knit, that might be a fun tea-related activity. Very nice ideas already! Thanks for sharing!

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      leeleon 5 years ago

      love tea so much

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      Odille Rault 5 years ago from Gloucester

      What a fabulous idea! I didn't know about Hot Tea Month before. Very interesting lens - and Congratulations on LOTD - well deserved! Blessed. :)

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      I'm not a senior, but I heartily approve of this celebration. Yes, indeed, I'll be drinking my share of that hot tea as January creeps on!

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      harubel 5 years ago

      oph !nice teapot and teacup as well as your recipe and lens !

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      hzwill 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing these tips...

      Great work.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 5 years ago from Michigan

      Make mine green, please! Or white. I am an inveterate tea drinker, drinking double cups several times a day. A fine lens. I am off to take a look at those short stories.

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      Congratulations on being featured on the home page of Squidoo! This is a very enjoyable and informative lens. Well done.

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      Pastor Cher 5 years ago from United States

      Some of my fondest memories are over a cup of tea. Bookmarking this page. Congrats. on the purple star.

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      pheonix76 5 years ago from WNY

      I love this! I am a big tea fan and would really love to host a tea party. :) Seems like a great way to try new varieties.

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      Perrin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Beautiful lens! I love tea, too. So much, in fact, I wrote a book about it!

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      Pat 5 years ago from Midwest, USA

      Congrats on your purple star! Love all the tea "stuff"!

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Tea is wonderful, and these ideas for seniors and other groups are wonderful for National Hot Tea Month.

      Speaking of Tea, my 14-year-old grandson has become very interested in Japan and Japanese culture and is studying Japanese in school this year. As a result he wanted a Japanese Tea Set for Christmas, which he got, along with a description of the Japanese Tea Ceremony. Anxious to hear how he enjoyed it.

      Now - can I have scones with my tea, please?

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      hlkljgk 5 years ago from Western Mass

      i always love seeing more ideas for seniors.