Cup of Tea | Outlearn Activity Guide

‘Cup of tea’ is a refreshing outdoor activity suitable for young children of all abilities. The aim of making a cup of tea is to look at producing a refreshment with fire whilst out in the woods. This allows children to better understand nature, their environment and the use of fire.


  • Fire kit /water/gloves/bucket
  • Kelly Kettle (if trained)
  • Tea bags/water/milk/sugar
  • Mugs
  • Spoons
  • Grill (if have one)
  • Billy can/pot


The challenge is all about planning ahead, a simple activity used everyday in the urban environment could be looked at as a complex activity within the woodland.

Collect resources to make your fire. If you have a billy can you may want to make a frame to hang it from, and lastly light your fire. For people who need a step by step guide to making a cup of tea see below:

  • Create a fire
  • Place grill on top of fire or make frame for billy can
  • Fill pot/billy can with water (place on / hang over heat)
  • Whilst waiting for hot water: place tea bag into mug
  • Use safety gloves (gauntlets) to take water off heat
  • Place spoon into mug and stir (remove tea bag)
  • Pour milk into mug and stir
  • Finally add sugar if your not sweet enough

This activity can be very rewarding for young or additional needs children and a basic starting block for future cooking activities.

Safety Tips

Make sure your adhering to best practise with regard to fire and group management around a fire.