Toddlers love tea parties. And it’s not just play. Tea parties encourage gathering with friends (real, stuffed or pretend) and lots of imaginative play.
Pretending to share food and drink gives opportunities to use simple phrases and to keep a conversation going – “teddy’s thirsty”, “have some tea”, “too hot”, “milk please”, “blow on it”, and “more tea” are just some examples. Tea parties are great for development too – using cups and spoons gives opportunities to practice developing coordination skills. Even the simple act of having a teapot and cup and pouring water into different size containers builds science and math concepts.
Tea sets make wonderful gifts for toddlers that can be enjoyed for many years. From sturdy first tea sets to colourful plastic, tin, wooden and stoneware sets, here’s 15 of the best kids tea sets for when you want to encourage pretend play and create fancy-pants tea parties.
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1. Galt Paint a Tea Set, $29.95, The Iconic – what we love most about this little set is that it’s a craft kit and tea party set in one. The kids can design their own tea set – brilliant!
2. Make Me Iconic Tea Set, $59.95, Lime Tree Kids – this wooden set is absolutely divine! Complete with sugar cubes and tea bags it is suitable for kids 3+.
3. Gold Star Tin Tea Set in Suitcase, $46.25, Smooch Baby – this is such a stylish and sweet kids tea set! Suitable for kids 3+ they will have everything the need for their next tea party.
4. ELC Wooden Toaster Set, $24.88, Baby Bunting – not quite a teaset, but toast is just as fun! The wooden set includes a toaster, toast, butter and ham plus cutlery.
5. Skip Hop Zoo Bark-ista Set, $129, The Stork Nest – if you are more of a coffee drinker than a tea drinker, this is the set for you. It includes cafe machine, cups and treats. Yum!
6. Plan Toys Wooden Oriental Tea Set, $69.99, Toy Universe – this tea set is eco-friendly, made with materials from rubberwood trees, formaldehyde-free glues, organic pigments, and water-based dyes and suitable for kids 2+.
7. ELC Bath Tea Party Set, $29.95, Baby Bunting – what better time to have a tea party than in the bath! This cute kids tea set is designed for bathtime fun with a teapot, teacups and tempting treats.
8. Tea Party in a Tin, $24.95, Lime Tree Kids – it’s time for a polka dot tea party. This is a gorgeous little tea set that can be popped in a bag for tea party fun while you are out and about.
9. Indigo Jamm Hearts Tea Set, $59.95, Entropy – this heart themed kids tea set comes with three sweet little biscuits you will want to gobble up! Suitable for kids 3+.
10. Belle and Boo House Box Tea Set, $89.95, Lime Tree Kids – this tea set is a bit of a splurge but boy, is it pretty. This melamine 19 piece set is beautifully packaged and comes with 1 teapot, 1 lidded sugar bowl, 1 milk jug, 4 teacups, 4 saucers, 4 plates and 4 teaspoons.
11. Bigjigs Tea Bags, $14.95, Entropy – a tea party isn’t a tea party without tea bags! This set of four adorable wooden tea bags comes in a handy wooden storage cube. So fun!
12. Green Toys 15 Piece Tea Set, $64.99, Toy Universe – this simply styled, sturdy and eco-friendly 15 piece kids tea set is made from food-safe, 100% recycled plastic milk containers.
13. Djeco Fox’s Party Tea Set, $69.95, Entropy – this super bright and fun foc themed wooden tea set is complete with tea pot, cups, tea bags, cake and more.
14. Schylling Cupcake Tin Tea Set, $39.99, Toy Universe – this cute as a cupcake 15 piece set includes plates, cups, saucers, a tray and even a cupcake shaped teapot.
15. Iconic Arnott’s Bickies Wooden Toys, $43.99, Yellow Octopus – if cakes aren’t your thing, these Arnott’s bickies surely will be. Top your tea party off with Scotch Fingers, Iced Vovos and more.
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