I have always loved teepees, there’s just something about the escapism they offer.
As a child, I loved the idea of having my own little space; space where my imagination would run wild.
I build my own house using every sheet or blanket I could find and the dining room table and chairs as a base.
Our children are becoming trapped in the digital world and are slaves to technology. They are not active enough and are most certainly not using their imaginations to their full potential.
Every child should have a teepee – they’re so iconic and make for the best playtime.
The original indigenous tent has become a popular way to bring the outdoors in during playtime. If you’re not a teepee fan, hopefully you’ll be one by the time you have read this piece.
Here are a few reasons why every child should have access to a teepee growing up?
Get your children closer to nature
It is important for children to spend time in nature because it improves their resilience to stress, it reduces attention disorders, depression and anxiety. Also, let’s not forget that we can pack up our teepees and take them anywhere! We generally have great weather in South Africa and can sometimes set the teepee up outside or on the beach as they provide great shade!
To use and expand their imagination
Imagination is a crucial part of early childhood. Through imagination, children learn to channel their emotions and feelings which enables them to express themselves freely and clearly. Using your imagination will boost analytical thinking and problem-solving skills.
To use time productively
Having their own little teepee will teach your child (through guidance) about the responsibility cleaning up and making sure their teepee is always neat inside.
You can encourage and help your child to inject their teepee with personality. Decide on the theme of their teepees. Talk about what they like discuss how they’re going to decorate and accessorise it.
Children should be taught the importance of looking after their belongings.
Teepees are ideal for playtime and relaxing time
As well as stimulating children’s minds and keeping them active, teepees are also great at facilitating a tranquil time. Encouraging your child to take the time to relax and unwind is absolutely necessary.
You can transform your child’s teepee into the perfect reading nook or make it a comfortable space for nap time, just add some cushions, their favourite soft toys and a little drink.
Promoting Independence and self-confidence
Playing by themselves in their teepee will teach your child to be self-reliant and to have the confidence to be alone in a room, these are crucial foundations for their adult lives.
Maria Montessori believes that developing autonomy also gives a child a sense of self-efficacy which promotes self-esteem, motivation and perseverance.
Teepees are the ultimate playtime accessory.
We offer a bespoke service that caters specifically to your style, colour and decorating needs. I would love to create a unique teepee just for your child.