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Simple Sensory Play for Preschoolers: Afternoon Tea

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Are you in need of a sensory play for preschoolers? Look no further than this cute afternoon tea set up.

If you’re reading this at the date of publication, you will likely be home-educating your preschooler. Perhaps you feel daunted by this, but it needn’t be overwhelming.

Sensory play for preschoolers is still absolutely necessary for their development, however it doesn’t need to lead to huge messes that are hard to clean up.


an invitation to pour tea



Sensory play has so many benefits, many of which are listed below.

  • Boosts brain development via the nerve connections.
  • It boosts language skills, cognitive function, problem solving skills and social interaction.
  • Helps children to explore the world around them.
  • Stimulates the core senses.
  • Develops both fine and gross motor skills.
  • It can help to calm anxious children.
  • Enhances memory function.

Using water for the main base definitely makes for an easy sensory play option, but you can read more about how to deal with mess here.

Play is our brain’s favourite way of learning

Diane Ackerman

pouring pretend tea

Age Recommendations:

My daughter was four when we did this particular activity, however it would work well with children aged 3 upwards.

You will need:

Make use of the supplies that you have around the house – you don’t need exactly what is on this list:

  • tea set
  • spoons
  • herbal teas (check suitability of ingredients first)
  • water in jug
  • tray
  • container

As an alternative to tea, try food colouring instead. However, this is really a dramatic play activity, the intention is not to drink for real!

Drinking pretend tea


Simply play along with your child – take it in turns to pour the tea, saying pleases and thank yous to help learn emphasise the importance of good manners.

Use math language such as ‘full’ and empty’ to introduce the concept of basic capacity too.

Really, the main point of this activity is to have fun with your child and do some subtle learning along the way.

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Sian Thomas

Sian Thomas

Sian is a trained teacher mama to three awesome children and wife to Greg. As a family of expats, they travel the world every couple of years for new adventures. Right now, they live in Vienna, Austria.

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