Ever notice how your little one seems to be constantly building a just-for-kids hideaway somewhere in the house? Whether it’s with the cardboard box you’ve earmarked for recycling or with your decorative pillows and couch cushions, kids will take basically anything they can get their little hands on to cobble together the perfect makeshift fort. Enter the kids teepee, a portable, durable hideaway that looks just as adorable in a nursery or a playroom as it would in the family room. No wonder a play teepee for kids has become a favorite among children and their parents. Whether you’re looking for a cheap kids teepee, a play teepee or a beautiful canvas teepee tent to be pitched in your home, we’ve got you—and your kiddo—covered from the ground up.
Canvas Teepee Tent
Once used by nomadic Native Americans crossing the plains of North America, there’s a reason why original teepees were made of canvas. They’re durable and easy to repair, making them a great choice for parents of rough-and-tumble tots too. And the breathable fabric means canvas teepee tents are a great all-weather option for both indoor and outdoor play.
Our top five canvas teepee for kids tent picks:
GeoArt Patterned-Fabric 4-Pole Teepee. At 5 feet tall, this kids teepee features a detachable ground mat, making it ideal for indoor and outdoor use; a storage bag/carrying case and—for a little more money ($28)—you can add special glow to your child’s canvas teepee tent with custom lights. So lit.
Buy it: $129, Hearthsong.com
Tee Pee Craft Kit. Crafters, rejoice! This children’s canvas teepee tent is literally a blank canvas, so you and your child can get creative. This kids teepee kit comes with a tent and decorations, including felt feathers, wooden beads, tassels, banners and a garland. You can also swing by your local craft supply shop for paint, stencils, fabric markers and iron-ons to add even more personality to your one-of-a-kind, DIY teepee.
Buy it: $70, Sharperimage.com
Rosa Teepee to Call Your Own. With its geometric shapes and pretty pastel colors, this Land of Nod canvas teepee tent is an inviting nook in any modern home. For an additional $60, pick up the fluffy, square cushion that nestles perfectly inside, making it the ideal hideaway to snuggle with a book or a friend. (For indoor use only.)
Buy it: $100, Landofnod.com
Indigo Mini Teepee. Two 9-inch square windows on either side of this classic canvas teepee tent give kids a hideout with a view. And at just over 5 pounds, you won’t hurt yourself schlepping this kids teepee from room to room. (For indoor use only.)
Buy it: $180, Pottery Barn Kids
The Hideaway Play Teepee with Glow-in-the-Dark Stars. Children can easily brighten up this classic canvas teepee tent with the 32 glow-in-the-dark stickers of stars, crescent moons and planets. Bonus: This hideaway clocks in at 6 feet tall, making it comfy for parents too.
Buy it: $138, BuyBuyBaby.com
Toddlers need a just-for-me spot to retreat to, whether that’s for rest or play. But if space is limited, you’ll need something that leaves a smaller footprint in your home. These five toddler teepees are small in scale, but still make a big impact.
Our top five toddler teepee picks:
Forest Friends 4-Pole Teepee Special. Foxes, porcupines, squirrels, oh my! This forest-themed toddler teepee is just too cute not to share with a friend or two. Decorate with battery-powered lights (included) and add in a felt campfire (for $15), and this kids teepee is the next best thing to a real-life camping adventure.
Buy it: $139, MagicCabin.com
HAPE Teepee Tent Play Tent. Whether you opt for the red-and-yellow or the blue-and-green combo, this cute and colorful toddler teepee will delight any tiny adventurer. This simple but sweet play space features a roll-up window and tie-open door flaps for peekaboo fun. It also comes with a carrying case for those sleepovers at grandma’s.
Buy it: $70, Hayneedle.com
Magical Land Interchangeable Teepee. Not only does this kids teepee feature unicorns and rainbows, but your child has the power to move the panels around. (There are four two-sided panels featuring solid colors and fantastical illustrations that are attached via large kid-friendly buttons.)
Buy it: $113, PacificPlayTents.com
Bazoongi Special Edition Teepee. With its bright primary colors, this toddler-friendly play teepee is a nod to its Native American roots. But unlike most teepees for kids, this one opens at the top—perfect for parent check-ins and for little ones who might feel claustrophobic in closed spaces.
Buy it: $50, Toysrus.com
Transformable Play Mat. It’s a gym mat. It’s a kids teepee. It’s both! This pricey but versatile toddler teepee transforms from one to the other with ease, giving it a lot of play value from birth on. And it’s easy to fold up when not in use.
Buy it: $340, Creamhaus.us
Teepees aren’t just for big kids. A nursery teepee for kids is a staple of the most Pinterest-worthy kids rooms. We’ve found ones that are play gyms, pop-up tents and even one that’s a cradle bassinet nestled within a play teepee.
Our top five nursery teepee for kids picks:
Infantino Go GaGa Infant to Toddler Play Gym & Fun TeePee. This is the kind multi-use kids teepee that grows with your child. In those early months, baby can lie on her back while gazing up at the mirrored mobile dangling overhead. From 3 months on, you can detach the mobile’s soft, musical toys for some tummy-time action. And finally, once baby graduates to toddlerhood, you’ve got a colorful teepee play spot.
Buy it: $70, Target.com
Hussh Hanging cradle, tripod, and canopy Attach this beautiful hanging baby cradle to a canopied tripod and you have the ultimate nursery teepee. Once baby has outgrown the bed, you can simply drape the tripod with the fabric of your choice for a custom toddler teepee hideaway.
Buy it: $520, Hussh-cradles.com
Pacific Play Tents Starburst Nursery Nylon Play Tent This kids teepee is a great indoor/outdoor, sit-and-play spot for baby. Not only is it waterproof and durable, it boasts UV protection and mesh panels, both for ventilation and keeping mosquitoes and other bugs at bay.
Buy it: $24, Walmart.com
Wooden Baby Gym A handmade, wooden kids teepee playset is perfect for the minimalist mama. Three handcrafted (and removable) toys dangle from an overhead bar for baby to play with. And we love how this one folds completely flat when you want to store it away.
Buy it: $75, Etsy.com
Skip Hop Camping Cubs Activity Gym Whether baby is on his belly, back or bum, he’ll love this open-air nursery teepee, complete with a light-up firefly, turtle mirror and a musical racoon that plays “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” (squee!). And if your child tires of teepee life (though we can’t imagine why), you can easily remove the soft tent poles and use the activity mat on its own.
Buy it: $80, BuyBuyBaby.com
Cheap Kids Teepee
Budget-friendly doesn’t have to mean ugly. Case in point: We found five swoon-worthy, durable teepees for under $50 that would delight any kid.
Our top five cheap kids teepee picks:
B. toys Teepee Tent Multi The very best thing about this cute kids teepee is the hidden surprise inside: a night light. Kids just pull the string that hangs from the roof to illuminate the teepee tent with a glow of color-changing stars. (The tent comes in either raspberry and blueberry.)
Buy it: $40, Target.com
Stats Adventure Tent Play Set More than just an indoor-outdoor pop-up teepee for kids—this set includes a dome tent, teepee and tunnel. A triple-threat of guaranteed fun for any child.
Buy it: $30, Toysrus.com
Discovery Kids A-Frame Teepee Tent Okay, this technically isn’t a kids teepee; rather it’s an awesome A-frame tent. But its angled sides and easy foldable design still make it a sweet indoor/outdoor shelter for littles.
Buy it: $50, Toysrus.com
Aztec Tent The turquoise, orange and pink color combo makes this easy-to-assemble kids teepee a bright addition to any playroom. Plus, it’s affordable enough to keep one at home and one at your in-laws.
Buy it: $12, Birthdayinabox.com
Outdoor Oasis Teepee Pop-Up Tent Pink with white polka dots make this an eye-popping cheap kids teepee choice to use in- or outdoors. Parents will love its compact fold (when storage space is a challenge), while kids will like how the flap-open doors tie back for easy access in and out of their play space.
Buy it: $25, JCPenney.com
Published July 2017