My daughter is only two but she loves to be involved in everything I do. Honestly, this is a big hassle sometimes as I rush through my day and try and get tasks accomplished. I mean, sure I’d love an extra set of hands helping fold laundry, but not the type that balls up all my neatly folded and sorted shirts, saying, “I helpin’” as she quickly and thoroughly moves through my stacks in seconds.
Discipleship in the home looks a little . . . messy. I’m realizing it’s part of life. And while I could do laundry in half the time and with great efficiency without toddler hands, it would come at a great sacrifice of spending time with my daughter training her in the ways of a household.
With that said, I do try and find activities that are helpful AND we can do together. It’s a win win win.
So during these summer months we praise God for the sunshine and make ourselves Sun Tea. It’s easy, entertaining, and involves almost zero clean up - Victory!
It’s a sweet activity and at the end of the day regular water turns into something tasty.
Sun Tea: A Fun Activity Teaching Transformation
Go outside on a sunny day with a couple of glass containers (we use 1/2 gallon Ball Mason jars) and make some sun tea with your kids. Have an assortment of tea bags and let them choose their own flavors. Use the tea as an object lesson and try talking about one of these passages or teach thankfulness to God:
- Jesus turning water into wine at the wedding in Canna John 2:1-12
- transformation from death to life (water transformed to tea) John 5:24
- nothing can separate us from God’s love (can’t separate the tea from the water) Romans 8:35-39
- praise God for summer and creating the sun and the good that comes in this season; talk about other summer activities you are thankful for in the summer
Sun Tea Recipe
- 1/2 gallon glass container
- 3 tea bags of your choice
- sunny day
- sugar or sweetener (optional)
Fill glass jar almost to the brim with water. Water does not have to be hot. The sun will brew the tea by warming up the water. If you are outside, you can even have the kids fill it with the hose.
Add three of your favorite tea bags in. Black teas and berry herbal teas work the best because they are potent in flavor. Sun tea is not as strong a brewed tea so keep this in mind when selecting your tea bags.
Find a really sunny spot and let the glass container sit in the sun for 5-8 hours.
Optional: Add 1/4 cup - 1/2 cup of sugar (or adjust for sweetener of choice) depending on your sweet tooth to tea after brewing in the sun while the tea is still warm. Mix well and store in fridge for up to 3 days.