Aloha! Yvonne Leialoha here, with my first ever contribution to Tuff Spot Play with my Princess Tea Party Tuff Spot. I’m excited, and ready to get this party started. (Literally.) Are you ready? ‘Cause I’m ready. Here we go!
This week’s Tuff Spot Tuesday theme is “Princesses and Knights”. Now, most often the first thing that comes to mind when you’re thinking about princesses and knights, is – castles! Yay! Unfortunately for me though, I haven’t quite found a solid wood castle that wouldn’t cost me an arm and a leg to ship to Hawaii. (The struggle is real, folks. So real.)… and so, I set out on a quest to find inspiration for other ideas…
I had found some Disney Princess figures, and a few Little People knights from Fisher-Price, but it wasn’t until I came across the Sofia The First mystery blind bags* that an idea took shape in my head.
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* If you haven’t yet heard of them, mystery blind bags are collectible mini figures similar to this. You never know which of the set you are getting until you open them, which makes collecting them all the more fun!
One of our favorite episodes here of Sofia the First is where Sophia has to put together and host the perfect princess tea party, and I thought – well hey! Why not a Disney Princess Tuff Spot Tea Party! … with knights!
Set up was incredibly easy. Here are the accessories I used:
– Woven placemats. (In Hawaii, we call this particular material (leaf) and weave – “Lauhala”)
– DIY hanging wooden signs as platforms. (Turned on their sides with the rope hidden.)
– Decorative moss
The playsets I used were:
– Disney Princess (mini figures)
– Fisher Price’s Little People – Red Knights and Green Knights sets
– Just Like Home Mix ‘n Match Cupcakes set
– Just Like Home’s – DIY Cake Designer set
– Green Toys Build-A-Bouquet Floral Arrangement Set
The educational value of this activity include, but are not limited to:
– Role play and communication skill building.
– Exercising fine motor skills. (Pouring tea, stirring the spoon, passing plates)
– Multi-sensory input and processing. (Touch, sight, balance)
– Eye to hand coordination. (Holding out cups, pouring tea)
– Academic learning. (Math, shape and color recognition)
As you may already suspect for many young girls, my daughter took one look at the setup and needed no instruction whatsoever. She went straight for the princess tiara, put it on, and then asked her brother if he would like a slice of cake – all while wearing her pink Power Ranger costume.
My son however is the type of child who loves noise and anything that involves using his to manipulate or build things so he was excited with the setup, but wanted to take much of it apart to check things out, bang them together, or stack them (much to the dismay of my daughter a few times). For future setups similar to this, I will most likely add in extra elements that will purposely keep his hands busy in efforts to avoid (tea) party crashing…
At the time of this theme’s creation, my demolitions expert in-training, Mr. O, was 3 years old and my Power Ranger princess, Miss K, was 5.
Yvonne Leialoha is an introverted night owl, and a perfectly imperfect mother of two. Along with with being way too over-excited about creating scenes and sensory play for the Tuff Spot, she loves playing with her food (and then photographing it for good measure). She has an incredible knack for adding new and creative ideas to an already infinitely long to-do list.