This ladies and gentlemen is a momentous moment in the lives of my children; I give you their first ever teepee (and also I think the first one I’ve ever built, certainly the only one I’ve built on my own). A magnificent structure I’m sure you’ll agree.
A milestone that appears to disappointingly be missing from baby books but important nonetheless. What child can resist the allure of their own little house in the garden that has seemingly appeared out of nowhere while they were asleep? Within seconds they will be running in and out of it laughing their heads off at this wonderful new structure that is the perfect toddler size.
There is something quite magical about creating a teepee from just some garden canes and an old duvet cover. I love the simplicity and of course how it inspires a child to use their imagination when playing in it.
So yesterday when I suddenly remembered about teepee’s I rushed outside and cobbled this together from some garden canes we had lying around, a bit of string, a few pegs and an old duvet cover.
A duvet cover incidentally that the lady of the manor’s nan made for herself when she first got married and then subsequently got handed on to her daughter and then to the lady of the manor. I love that we are now using it in this way rather than just throwing it out and that Henry and Matilda are enjoying playing with it.
I may well have peaked in my craft activities and live off this one activity for some time, but it has definitely been worth it this weekend seeing them play in it. The first thing Matilda did was empty out all the stuff she collects like a magpie in her pushchair and put it in the teepee.
Which was actually quite useful as I discovered exactly where our spare garage key and old mobile phone had gone! As soon as she got up today she asked where her tent had gone and made me put the duvet cover back on, clearly a winning activity.