Making Teabags

By DKrause on Oct 22, 2013

For students with access to herbs, either through a garden, a greenhouse or the local produce market, this is one way to make use of those herbs. Making teabags gives students the opportunity to see how local produce can be used. The teabags can be made for personal use, or to give as a gift to another student, a teacher, or a family member. Lessons include English Language Arts, Math, Social Skills, Science, Recreation and Leisure, Social Studies and Independent Living Skills.

Materials

  • Adapted teabag tray or other trays with bowls and containers
  • Self-seal teabags – small and large
  • Variety of dried leaves and flowers for tea: peppermint, spearmint, chamomile, hyssop, lemon verbena
  • Stapler or adapted heat sealer
  • Plastic bags
  • Ribbon
  • Labels or stickers & markers
  • Large print, braille, or Mayer-Johnson picture symbols; Velcro, and angled felt board for instructionsAdapted teabag tray

Procedure

Introduction to Activity/Discussion Ideas

  • Explore plants used for tea in the garden or greenhouse with the five senses.
  • Discuss the history and traditions of tea in different cultures.
  • Explore related items: boxed teabags, loose tea in tins, teaballs, teabags, iced tea.
  • How do you and others use tea?
  • Who do you know who enjoys tea – would you like to make teabags for them as gifts?
  • Would you like to plan a tea party – in class, in the dorm, or at home?
  • What plant parts are used in tea?
  • Explore dried tea ingredients: fragrance, texture, color and sound.

Instructions

Explore the work station, finished teabags (have a sample on hand), dried leaves and flowers for teas. Choose to keep teabags, share or give as gifts.

  • Clean the work area and wash hands or use hand wipes.
  • Attach the teabag to the holder on the jig tray.
  • Choose the tea and fill the bowl on the jig tray.
  • Fill the teabag halfway with tea (use hands, spoon or scoop).
  • Remove the teabag from the jig holder.
  • Close the teabag – fold and staple, or heat seal.
  • Put the finished teabag(s) into a plastic bag.
  • Close the bag – tie it with a ribbon, staple or heat seal it. Label it with your name and the flavor of the teabag, or a note with a message if this is a gift.
  • Plan future activities like a tea party indoors or in the garden for holidays, special occasions, end of school year, graduation, and harvest season.Teabag instructional signs

Variations

None

 

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