National Hot Tea Month Activities for Seniors
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
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
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.
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 Trivia Questions
Tea Games & Activities
Milk in the tea?
Do you put milk in your tea?
- 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.
- Make a Tea Bag Wreath
- 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.
Senior Art Class Ideas for National Hot Tea Month
Have some blank teacups and teapots printed that people can use to draw their own decorative designs on.
Here are a some examples:
Hold an art history slideshow of beautiful tea related artwork. Here are a few to get you started:
- Still Life with a Teapot and Books on a Table, c.1926 by Samuel John Peploe
- Still-Life with Teapot, c.1869 by Paul Cézanne
- Cup and Saucer, c.1962 by Andy Warhol
- Yixing Teapot and a Chinese Porcelain Tete-A-Tete on a Partly Draped Ledge by Pieter Gerritsz. van Roestraten
- Five O'Clock Tea by Mary Cassatt
- Girl with a Teacup by Harold Gilman
- In Teacup Times by Harrison Fisher
- A Half Length Portrait of Naniwaya Okita, the Famous Teahouse Waitress Serving a Cup of Tea by Utamaro Kitagawa
- Alice at the Mad Hatter's Tea Party by John Tenniel
- Tea-Time by Arthur John Elsley
- Afternoon Tea by Alexander Rossi
- "Tea for Two" or "Tea Time", October 22,1927 by Norman Rockwell
- In the Conservatory (The Rivals), 1875-8 by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
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.
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