Finding fun summer time activities to do with kids can sometimes be a challenge. I try to think of the things we used to do as children with my Mother in the summer time. It's also great to do projects that are eco-friendly, sustainable, healthy – and most importantly fun. On a nice sunny day, a great thing to do with kids is to make sun tea. It's very simple, easy for kids to do, and makes a nice healthy refreshing drink.
How to Make Sun Tea
Things you need:
- Empty glass jar – this can be an empty juice bottle, a mason jar, or any other glass jar you have around the house.
- Assorted caffeine free herbal tea bags or loose tea with a tea infuser
- Filtered water
- Honey / Maple Syrup / Stevia (optional)
Fill the glass jar with filtered water and set it on a table top. Take out your tea bags and spread them out on the table for the children to choose from. Some great teas that I use for this project are chamomile, mint, hibiscus, caffeine- free green tea, or mixed berry teas. You can use any flavor teas you like, the berry teas and hibiscus teas are sweet themselves so you can even get away with using no sweetener at all.
A tea blend that my children LOVE is one I get from Mountain Rose Herbs, it's called Hibiscus High Tea. It's perfect for a hot summer day.
For a two quart jar, you will need approximately 8 tea bags. Let the kids pick their tea flavors and throw them into the jar. Close the jar and set in a sunny part of your yard or deck and let sit for 4 – 6 hours. Once the tea is done you can add a small amount of sweetener if desired. The hardest part is getting the kids to wait for the tea to be done – as you can imagine they will be checking the status pretty often.
If you are doing this with multiple children, give them each their own jar and let them make their own individual flavors. To add more fun to the project, let them decorate the jar with craft items you have around the house. They can put their names on the jar and make it an art project as well.
We made sun tea last week and used a combination of chamomile, hibiscus, and mint tea. It was delicious! I didn't even need to add sweetener to it because it was so tasty. Have fun with this – if you come up with a good tea combination please post it below!