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Colonial America – It’s Tea Time!

August 17, 2011
Take a moment to enjoy a cup of tea!

Take a moment to enjoy a cup of tea!

Tea Time

Tea is a cup of life. ~Author Unknown    

The early settlers brought the enjoyment of drinking of tea, coffee and chocolate from their homelands.  The Dutch introduced it to the English around  1600’s but by the middle of the  1700’s it was an established drink that the whole family could partake in.  Chocolate was something only the wealthy could afford but tea and coffee were available for all. It is thought that 2 million pounds of tea was consumed by the colonist.  That’s a lot of tea!

Today children don’t usually drink tea or coffee, so setting up a table with tea, sugar, honey and cream for them to sample can be a fun experiment.  You might want to have a selection of teas: perhaps a black tea, green tea and a spiced tea like chai.   Use the graph for children to fill in what tea they liked the most.  Expect there to be a lot of conversation on the merits of each kind of tea and excitement to try the teas!


You might want to incorporate some poems for children for tea time like:

  • Polly Put the Kettle On
  •  I’m a Little Teapot.






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