Except for actually lighting the oven to boil water (which on a boat is just tricky enough that even many grown ups can not get it right), he is able to set up tea time all on his own, which he LOVES doing. It's become his ritual and he wants to make it just right without any help. I am fetched when the tea is steeped and the sugar is in small china bowls (and suspiciously all over his fingers). He asks me in his fake English accent (which comes out more and more these days) how many lumps I'd like and which cup I'd prefer.
(The gorgeous dragon tea pot was a birthday present from his best pal Miss T. He cherishes it!)
Our sweet little tea set has been a work in progress over the years. Every time we hit a thrift shop or the Good Will I usually give him a $1 budget to pick out something for his tea set. These shops usually have rows and rows of mismatched china for 25 cents and 50 cents. He loves working with his budget, picking out something just right, and using the real thing rather than a "baby set from the store" as he calls them. Sure, sometimes bits get broken and cracked... but at less than $1 a pop, no worries.