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Kid's Teepee: A Tent Just For Kids

Updated on May 22, 2015
 "Shabby Chic Wigwam Teepee"
"Shabby Chic Wigwam Teepee" | Source

A Kid's Teepee Gives Kids Their Own Space

A kid's teepee gives kids their own space. What's more fun than playing in your own teepee tent?

These play tents are just for kids. They're a place for kids to read, play and dream. You can even take a teepee along to grandma's house and on family camping trips.

A kids teepee can be an indoor or outdoor playhouse. You can make your own teepee and create any style you want. Or you can buy one, as they are available in many colors and designs. Get one or create your own in black and red with a skull image and you have a pirate teepee. For a little girl, create a teepee with yards of soft, pretty fabric.

A kids teepee that you buy ready-made is portable. Just close it up and take it over to Grandma's house so your kids have a place to play during their visit. Take it along when your family goes camping. Your children will have their own teepee play tent set up next to your tent or RV where they too can "camp."

Set up a kids teepee in your backyard. Add outdoor toys, like kids camping gear, kid flashlights, binoculars and a pretend camp stove, and your kids can camp out in the backyard where you can keep an eye on them.

Whether it's for girls or boys, a kids teepee gives kids their own space.

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Kids Outdoor Teepees

(Of course, these teepees can be used indoors as well.)

Kids Outdoor Teepees: Summer Fun

What a great way to spend a lovely summer day. Set up a kids teepee in the backyard or any grassy spot and watch how they take to it. It's a magnet for kids. Think of them having their own place to dream, to read, to color, to create. It's a natural place for them to gather with friends, to play and enjoy life.

A kids teepee can be a cozy place. Kids will decorate the inside with things that interest them. A few fluffy pillows, a rug and a book are all some need to spend the day in delight. Little girls may want to have a tea party in their teepee, complete with stuffed animals and a dainty tea set. Little boys may want to play pirate or cowboys and Indians, and they'll have costumes and props to make them feel like Blackbeard or Crazy Horse.

Nylon or canvas teepees are water resistant. If your outdoor kids teepee is made of quilts, gauze or any other fabric, you'll want to make sure to bring it in if it rains. And the fabric you use to make your teepee should be washable so it can be hosed off.

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Dexton Flower Blossom 6' Teepee
Dexton Flower Blossom 6' Teepee

This 6' four-panel Flower Blossom Teepee is made from fire resistant and water repellent 100% cotton canvas with delicately embroidered flower designs.


Kids Indoor Teepees

Pretty Wigwam
Pretty Wigwam | Source

Kids Indoor Teepees: Snuggly Fun

Look how adorable an indoor kids teepee can be! The advantage of having a teepee indoors is that you can use any material and any embellishments and the weather will not ruin it. The teepee can stay up as long as you want, and your kids can always have a place of their own, year 'round.

Whether in a bedroom, nursery, office, or basement, the indoor kids teepee offers hours of fun. Your little ones may even nap inside their teepee. Filled with soft pillows and favorite stuffed animals, a teepee is a place for them to curl up. They can play quietly in your office as you keep an eye on them. You'll be able to enjoy more hours with your child if they pitch their tent in your home office.

A kids teepee can be as simple or as elaborate as you want. A little girl's feminine bedroom is the perfect place for a teepee fit for a princess, made of lush fabric in pretty pastels. It's a great place for a pretend tea party, too, so set up a tiny table and chairs inside for her "guests." Your kids can enjoy reading and drawing in their cozy little spaceā€¦ and maybe even doing homework won't seem so bad when it's done in a kids teepee!

A corner teepee.
A corner teepee. | Source
Teepee in office.
Teepee in office. | Source
Teepee birthday.
Teepee birthday. | Source

Kids Teepees You Can Decorate

You can get a tepee all ready to play in, but for the creative child, get them a plain canvas teepee to decorate. They can paint their own designs on it and make it a very personal space for themselves.

These teepees are made of water repellant and fire resistant cotton canvas. They're easy to decorate with oil based paint, permanent latex paints or water based paints.

You may be surprised at what your child can do with a blank canvas..

Melissa & Doug Easel Accessory Set - Paint, Cups, Brushes, Chalk, Paper, Dry-Erase Marker
Melissa & Doug Easel Accessory Set - Paint, Cups, Brushes, Chalk, Paper, Dry-Erase Marker

This is a great way to let your kids be creative and decorate their plain canvas teepee. Comes with 4 bottles of poster paint, paint brushes and 4 spill-proof paint cups. There's a roll of paper they can practice on first.

Painted teepee.
Painted teepee. | Source

Backyard Camping in a Kids Teepee

Camp Outside in a Kids Teepee

Your kids may want to camp outside in the teepee. If they camp in the backyard, you can keep an eye on them and yet they can feel independent. Give them their own camping gear and they will have a great time!

Another great idea is to take their outdoor teepee tent along when your family goes camping. You set up your own tent or park your RV, and your kids can set up their teepee next to it. They'll have a place to play and give mom and dad a breather, too.

Make Your Own Kids Teepee

Teepee stars.
Teepee stars. | Source

Make Your Own Kids Teepee

For a unique kids teepee, sew your own!

If you are an experienced seamstress, you are probably able to create a teepee by figuring out how each panel of fabric should be measured, cut and sewn together. But if you are more comfortable following a pattern, there are sewing patterns that will guide you in making a kids teepee.

By making your own teepee, you and your child can pick out the material together, choosing something just right for that child. You can even make a teepee using sheets, which are available in many colors and patterns. Perhaps you'll want to add a border of a different pattern along the bottom of your teepee. The only other thing you'll need are poles, usually PVC pipes tall enough for the overall height of the teepee. And while you're choosing fabric for the teepee tent, think about getting enough fabric to make complementary pillows, cushions and flooring... maybe even a little welcome mat!

And don't forget your furry friends! Cats love to crawl into boxes, and making a teepee for your pet gives them a place they feel safe in. Find a cute animal-print fabric suitable for your pet so they will have their own unique teepee, too.

To make your own kids teepee, it's helpful to have a pattern.

Butterick Patterns B4251 Teepee and Mat, One Size Only
Butterick Patterns B4251 Teepee and Mat, One Size Only

If you want to make your own kids teepee, this Butterick pattern includes the instructions to make a tepee 80" high overall. In addition to material, it requires six 1" diameter PVC pipes 84" long.

"We all live in a yellow kid teepee."
"We all live in a yellow kid teepee." | Source

Do you think a kid's teepee is a great place for kids?

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      tomtaz517 5 years ago

      Good lens! You gave me a great way to do something fun with my kid brother :) Thanks

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      CoeGurl 5 years ago from USA

      @tomtaz517: Awww, that's so cool! You and your brother will have loads of fun!

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      Technically, my daughter never played in a teepee. But she well knew the fun of it. She and her friends would bring chairs into her bedroom and drape blankets over it, thereby creating their own "houses." It was wonderful.

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      Shelly Sellers 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      My son made his own Teepees when he was young...he still loves buiding them!

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      mumsgather 5 years ago

      Somehow being inside a teepee feels so exciting and adventurous. My kids don't have one but the like to eat, read and play in their little plastic tent.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      What a great idea. I wish I had done this with my kids - maybe my grandkids. Angel Blessed for helping your kids have an imaginative childhood.

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      Very nice, I may make one for my kids and I think they will definitely like it since they like to use the blanket to make a shelter like tent on the bed.

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      mistyblue75605 lm 5 years ago

      Love the ideas you have on here! Kids love it!

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      mistyblue75605 lm 5 years ago

      :)P nice lens! thanks for the info!

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      Love the idea and the pictures you got are great. I think I shall get my younger kids to set up one of these this summer, they would love it.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Back to let you know I pinned this to my board "Fun for Kids," and have featured it on my own lens: Squidoo lenses I wish I had written. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My kids grew up with their own tipi. I got my nickname The the Tipigal because I lived in a tip for the better part of a year. I love tipis. :)

      I love your tip lens, and will feature it on mine. ~ Blessed!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      This looks so fun for kids, especially with summer coming up.

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      Hawaiitom 5 years ago

      Really great lens! I learned a lot about Lens making from this one..Thanks!

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      mahesbrown 5 years ago

      Great Lens...

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      alina nicoleta92 5 years ago

      Such an adorable lens. That was my dream when I was a kid. Love it.

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      floppypoppygift1 5 years ago

      Cool ideas, great images and adorable toys. Great compilation! Cheers~cb

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      I would love a tipi for myself, too :)

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is a great idea. I should have thought of this when our grandchildren were little. I think I was so busy with work that creativity was all given there.

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      rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

      They are adorable! I wish I knew about this back then!

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      StewartClan 4 years ago

      The teepees are lovely, I may even think about making one for my kids, so they have one indoors. Thanks for a great lens!

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      Stacy Birch 4 years ago

      These are so cute and they look fun to hang out in.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Great fun. When we were kids, we draped a blanket over a chair or two to form a tent. Mom probably wished we had a teepee like one of these.

      I made a page about kid's reading corners. A teepee is a natural for that use.

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      TTMall 4 years ago

      Thank you for such an informative lens.

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      MamaRuth 4 years ago

      Love all the cute pictures....maybe this is something I need to sew for my granddaughters!

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      irminia 4 years ago

      Absolutely fantastic, watever kind of a tent is always nice. Your teepees are great!

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      Mandy Stradley 4 years ago

      Kid's teepees are awesome. I wish I had one when I was little!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Lovely stuff... Kids would love these!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Yes, I do. My grandkids love tents and I'm sure would love a teepee!

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      You have done this toy proud. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012-2. Hugs

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      Love tents for kids and it does encourage them outdoors. My grandson invites friends for sleep overs in his. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012-2. Hugs

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      queenofduvetcover 4 years ago

      I wish I had a teepee when I was a kid!! =(

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      As an interesting read, I recommend it to my lenses.

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      Camden1 4 years ago

      My kids would have loved one of these when they were young - I'm sure they would have spent hours playing in it!

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      Yes, teepees are brilliant! I'll be checking out this lens again when summer rolls back around for the instructions on how to make your own teepee!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes, yes, yes! Teepees are so much fun and now I want to get one for the grandkids, thanks for sharing!

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      A great place and tons of fun! Gosh, I'd still like it! ;)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes, definitely. i wish i had one of those when I was little.

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      A new blessing on this lovely lens and may you have a wonderful, successful and happy 2013. Hugs

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      Gaylesheerin 4 years ago

      these teepees are so cute, just like a small house for kids

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      I'd like to put my teenager in there permanently

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      CoolFool83 4 years ago

      I enjoyed them a lot as a kid. Some wonderful ones you have in this lense.

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      WebWriteGirl LM 4 years ago

      Yes! I love your lens!

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      LorLinda 4 years ago from Denver Colorado

      yes they would love it

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      Teepee is the best place for kids in my opinion and i am always surprised when I see how creative can be in so small place.

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      katiecolette 4 years ago

      Looks like a fun DIY project and something kids would really enjoy!

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      Bellezza-Decor 4 years ago from Canada

      It's amazing how many different teepees there are. Well done.

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      Hal Gall 4 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      Wish we had these when I was a kid, We used old bed sheets to make teepees.

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      BlogsWriter 4 years ago

      Wow, the teepee is the fun place to be - both for kids and adults.

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      imagelist lm 4 years ago

      Cool...interesting content...

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      janey126 3 years ago

      Wow what a great info and lensâ¦just awesome!

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      Doc_Holliday 3 years ago

      Very practical and a heap of fun.

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      KathyZ1 3 years ago

      Interesting lens. Thanks for your sharing.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Yes, and I wish my baby grandnephew could have one!

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