There’s just something about a teepee. These Native American dwellings may not be used for living as much as they once were, but children everywhere are embracing these simple cloth and stick structures as their own. They are iconic and inspire travels of the mind and spirit. And it’s a great way to give your little one their own hideaway.
Today, teepees aren’t found on the prairie and the plains but rather in the backyards of suburban homes and Midtown Manhattan apartments. Yes, the teepee is everywhere. And they come in a stunning array of patterns, hues and styles. Here are five fabulous teepee finds, a great way to embrace summer.
Meet Me In the TeePee (above)
This simple TeePee is made of a sturdy canvas with red canvas applique. It’s for indoor use only, which is fine since it’s so simple and stylish it’ll look good in the kid’s room as well as the living room. It’s available here for $149.
Bellamy Children’s Teepees
There are several different options when ordering a Bellamy teepee, but the Super Size Teepee, which is about 6″ x 5″, is their top of the line model. It comes painted and pretty much assembled, you just set it. Each tent is hand painted with the child’s name as well as Native American images. You can order it here for $250.
Blue Brumby TeePee
This Teepee offering isn’t actually from the land of teepees, but are handcrafted from across the pond in England. And if you happen to be visiting London, they are on display at Selfridges. Their take is this cream fabric self supporting tee-pee and it folds up just like an umbrella. It also features velcro closures and a little bell at the door opening so your little ones know when they have a visitor…or invader. You can order the Blue Brumby TeePee here for £165 (about $250 US).
Flower Blossom TeePee
For a girly girl who needs some kind of feminine touch in each and every thing they possess, there is the 6ft Flower Blossom TeePee by Dexton Kids. One of the big perks of this TeePee is that is it’s usable for indoor and outdoor play. It’s water resistant, is made from a very sturdy canvas, and a window that roll up shade. It’s available here for $99.89 (regularly $149).
The White Buffalo Lodge TeePee
For those who want something more authentic, you can choose the Blackfeet “Tipi.” This is a real TeePee handcrafted in Livingston, Montana “adhering to the original craftsmanship of the Plain Indians.” This environmentally friendly waterproof and durable TeePee is available here for $395.