Kids play equipment like tents may not be the most common toys, but they are certainly some of the easiest to make yourself. They can be used in many different ways, playing with them is pure fun, as well as educational. What’s so educational about tents? Let’s see what they can teach your child!
Kids play tents are excellent in teaching
- Motor skills and coordination
- Creative play
- Interaction with others
Tent building in itself is superb fun, whether it’s pitched out in the back garden or in the front lounge. And the real lure of this design is that it needs to be completed by the time dinner is ready, so the kids can shut the adults out and eat their fish-and-chip supper under canvas (or Egyptian cotton!) Here’s how to make a simple tent with blankets or sheets:
What you need:
- A roll of rough string
- 3 x 8ft (2.4m) and 6 x 3ft (90cm) bamboo canes from a garden centre
- Old sheets and blankets
- Pens and card to make a sign for the entrance
What to do:
- The easiest tent to construct is a simple two-sided prism shape like a Toblerone box!
- You’ll need to make a sturdy frame using your canes – lay the 3 longest canes 3 ft (90cm) apart, and attach using the shorter canes and string, until your tent takes shape.
- Then drape with sheets or blankets, and decorate inside and out with pillows, rugs and pictures, before moving in and making mischief!
The base of a Climbing Frame is the perfect place outdoors for your tent!