It’s fun to build and play inside a fort, tent or other structure that entices imagination play. The teepee came to mind as an easy project and relatively versatile structure. We went originally to Michael’s and picked up some bamboo sticks and while they looked like great Indian teepee poles, they didn’t hold up very well. They weren’t very strong and wouldn’t stay put on the carpet. So we took them back and went to Lowe’s to look for something similar. They didn’t have any wooden dowels longer than 4′, so we went to the garden section and picked up 6 hefty tree support poles. They have a spike at one end and I figured they’d work much better in sticking into the carpet.
I tied some twine around the poles about a foot down from the top then spread them out into the teepee shape, like you would for a camera tripod. Then took an old queen sized bed sheet and wrapped it around the poles and tied the twine around it to keep it in place.
For the door, I used a pillow case and taped it to the poles on each side. The way the bed sheet lies on the poles provides a convenient window above the door for looking out.
Let the play commence!
Supplies: Sticks, branches or poles, twine, and bed sheet or other fabric.
Preparation: Follow the instructions above.