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Outdoor Tea Time

When tea becomes ritual, it takes place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things. - Muriel Barbery

As part of our November Activity Calendar, we are sharing this sweet and simple way to add a warm tea break into a family walk or hike. The ritual helps to create a moment of quiet and warmth to overcome the chill and heighten your enjoyment of time outside together. Here’s how:

The Guide

  • Plan a walk/hike that makes sense for your group, given weather, distance and the ages of kids involved.

  • Pack a bag with a thermos full of decaffeinated herbal tea or a warm beverage of your choice (e.g. hot cocoa, apple cider), some cups, snacks and even a blanket or two.

  • Head out on your walk and activate different senses along the way. Take deep sniffs to smell the cool air. Feel the air on your cheeks. Look with your eyes and notice how your outdoor space has changed with the changing season. Stop and listen to what movement (and stillness!) you can hear. 

  • When your hike is almost done, stop to enjoy a special treat—an outdoor tea break! To get extra cozy, wrap a blanket around each person—or snuggle up and wrap one blanket around all of you. Pour tea and nibble treats. Notice how the warm cup feels against your hands. If it is cold outside, notice the steam that rises from your cup. Take a moment to appreciate how the tea warms the body from the inside out and how good it tastes after a good outdoor walk. 

  • Once you are all cozy and enjoying your outdoor tea time, take a moment to share your favorite parts of your outdoor walk and cheer for the time you spent outdoors together.

Get your free copy of the November calendar at tinkergarten.com/calendar.

Why is this activity great for kids?


The addition of warm tea into a hike on chilly day activates the sense of touch, taste and temperature—a huge sensory system win! Additionally, introducing something new and unique into an activity you do somewhat regularly heightens the investment and excitement for everyone involved. Plus, giving kids tools they can use to stay warm in colder weather is a super way to help extend outdoor time while also helping kids develop persistence and grit.

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