I wanted to a little something for the kids for Christmas that wasn’t something that Ryan and I bought at a store. I’ve been eyeing up teepee’s for a looong time, so I thought, this might be a great little diy for me to do for the kids! I followed this tutorial at kidsteepee.net and definitely ad-libbed along the way!
I raided my moms fabric cabinets and found some really cute white printed left over fabric. I had to sew two lengths of the fabric together to get a width of 60 inches, but I put some ribbon over the seam so you can’t see where it’s connected. I also picked up some mini pompoms and adorable ribbon at our local sewing store, but you can pick some up online at amazon.ca with the beauty of it being delivered to your door!! (I should have thought of this before venturing out with a 2 year old and 10 month old baby!)
If you follow the tutorial, you’ll end up with a pretty sweet little teepee. Although this is a gift for the kids for Christmas, it would be such an easy, quick teepee to throw together for the classroom too! In the Saskatchewan Curriculum, we are required as educators, to teach Aboriginal education. A really great way to incorporate Aboriginal education and a teepee, is through teaching your students about the importance that each teepee pole has in the construction. There are 15 poles in total, however, you could use 5 poles, 3 teachings a pole. I’ve done this with mini individual teepees and it worked great. There’s a great overview on jotempleton.blogspot.ca that goes through what each pole represents and how to incorporate an elder and the students into the construction. We are very fortunate in our school division to have a network of elders that we can contact in order to set something like this up in our classroom. Check with your local school board to incorporate heritage and culture into your lesson about teepees.
As you can gather from the photos, the teepee is a hit (I couldn’t really hide it from the kids, so they got an early gift)! It was super easy, and makes a great little hideout for Jude, Lulu, and our cat Finnigan! Happy DIY-ing!!