Tea-Stained Treasure Map

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Every morning my husband brews a cup of tea, an endless point of fascination for Travis. So today, I set up a game that would give him ample time to play with tea!

First, I gathered all the different teas in the house and brewed a small cup of each – as luck would have it, we had quite a variety, from black tea to turmeric tea to chamomile, which made for a nice variety of colors.

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Once the cups had cooled enough, I removed the tea bags and set Travis up with heavy paper. First we squeezed the tea bags directly over the paper to observe what happened…

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But then he much preferred to spoon on the tea liquid. This went on for quite some time!

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I offered him an eye dropper, thinking it might be nice practice, but the spoon was the definite favorite.

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Towards the end, we returned to rubbing the bags directly on the paper, resulting in little flakes of tea leaf left behind, which gave it a cool look!

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I set the paper aside to dry, but the fun didn’t end there! Travis wanted to play with the leftover tea water and tea leaves for a while. We talked a lot about what we could smell, and why some of the teas were a lighter color than others.

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My favorite look was the slightly yellowed-paper effect from the turmeric tea.

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After our “maps” had dried, I drew a sample treasure map for Travis, and explained to him what maps are used for, and he decorated another.

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If you want, make your map lead to real treasure, like a little toy or snack hidden around the house! We would definitely do this activity again.

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