We were pruning the trees in the garden and the kids began creating teepees out of the sticks, so we decided to work together and make some really cute mini teepees for their dolls and figurines to play in. These are so simple and children will enjoy creating scenes with them at the end. Maybe, you might want to make a bigger one?
Finished teepee with a little scene to play with
Time: 30 minutes
Age: Under 5's
5 straight sticks (about 20 cms in length)
Rectangular piece of material
Paints or textas
Needle and thread
Materials for the mini teepee
Source some straight sticks, and cut them to even lengths (about 20cms in length).
Tie the elastic and assemble the sticks
Collect the sticks together and wrap the elastic around one end to keep them tight, then assemble the sticks in a (sort of) hexagon shape to resemble a mini teepee.
Color in the fabric
Create a design on the material (perhaps an old cut up t-shirt?) - we used a geometric design, however, you could choose flowers or swirls if you wish.
Position the colored material onto the teepee frame and use the needle and thread, to tack the material to the teepee frame, to hold it in place. You may need to fold in some edges to make it fit neatly and don't forget to leave a gap for the doorway.
Material tacked onto the teepee frame
Now, your mini teepee is ready for someone to live in - who will it be?
You could also make this much larger, even kid size if you're feeling really ambitious (and are handy with a sewing machine). Have fun.