Children love to play at hosting a tea party, but a real afternoon tea doesn’t have to be reserved purely for grown-ups. Kids will love the chance to help prepare food, dress up, and bring their teddies along when putting together a tea party at home.
To get you started, we’ve got some easy baking recipes for kids that are perfect for afternoon tea, as well as some ideas for kids to set up their very own tea party.
Baking ideas for kids – recipes for afternoon tea
Scones and clotted cream are the epitome of any British tea party. There are plenty of scone recipes on the internet that are easy to bake with kids, just like this one for traditional Devonshire scones. If you’re looking for fun things to cook with kids that are a bit healthier, then blueberry and oat scones are a scrummy, healthy alternative to traditional scones. They only take 15 minutes to prep and 15 minutes to bake, and the recipe is simple enough for kids to help out with.
Just remember: baking activities for kids need adult supervision at all times. For any stains that happen during your baking activities, check out our stain removal tips.
How to make blueberry & oat scones
Ingredients: 125g plain flour 170g porridge oats 55g brown sugar 1 tsp. baking powder ⅛ tsp. salt 75g butter 120ml low fat plain yoghurt 120ml low fat milk 170g dried or frozen blueberries 1 lime (for zest) Makes 12
- Preheat the oven to 218°C and prepare a baking tray with a piece of baking parchment
- Combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and half of the oats in a mixing bowl. Add the butter and cut it into the dry mixture using a pastry cutter or food mixer until it is broken up
- Add the milk and yoghurt, and stir until combined. Add the blueberries, the other half of the oats, and the zest of one lime. Gently stir
- You should now have a shaggy dough. Use your hands to shape 12 round scones and place each one on the lined baking tray
- Place the scones in the oven and bake for 15 – 20 minutes. Carefully check the bottoms of the scones for medium browning before taking them out
Baking activities for kids like this are great for helping them to learn about different ingredients and units of measurement. They can help out with the weighing and will always be happy to lick the spoon after! Alternatively, gluten free scones are great if your child or any guests have a wheat allergy. Check out our simple-to-follow recipe here.
Easy baking with kids doesn’t have to stop with scones, why not make a chocolate cake for your tea party too? We’ve also got plenty of healthy, fun recipes for kids here, as well as some delicious smoothie recipes as child-friendly alternatives to tea at your party.
Setting up your tea party
Choose a theme
Do your kids have a favourite book you could base the tea party on? Do they love princesses and princes? Maybe witches and wizards are their favourite? There’s plenty to choose from – just use your imagination!
One idea is to make decorations and costumes to go along with your theme. How about making a paper crown or a wizard’s hat? No matter what theme you choose, bunting is always a great addition to a tea party. Help your kids to make their own bunting out of paper, glue, string, and scissors. Alternatively, paper chains are even simpler to make.
Lay the table
It’s likely your kids won’t actually want to drink tea at the tea party, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a tea set. A plastic kids’ tea set is ideal – they can pretend their squash is Earl Grey! If you don’t have a tea set, then use matching plastic cups and saucers. You could also get your kids to help you pick some flowers from your garden and arrange these in a vase on the table. Don’t forget a pretty tablecloth either!
Pick your party games
For entertainment at your tea party, choose games that relate to your theme such as making up your own fairy tale for a princesses and princes theme, or learning some easy card tricks for a magic theme. If you don’t have a theme, you can opt for typical party games like pass the parcel or musical chairs. If you’re hosting your tea party in your garden, then traditional garden party games like croquet or hoopla could be played.
Once you and the kids have baked, made decorations, and set up your tea party, it’s time to enjoy your afternoon tea! Playing at tea parties is great fun for kids and allows them to engage in imaginative play and develop their social skills. If you and your children enjoyed preparing these easy baking recipes for kids, take a look at our recipes for more fun things to cook with kids!