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Great Kids Tents And Teepees For Indoor Outdoor Play

Playing is perhaps the most important aspect of childhood. Almost all kids love having a private space they can call their own – a place where they can cuddle up and be safe, read story books, play with a sibling or friend and let their imagination run wild.

Play houses and play tents are one of those versatile products you can’t really go wrong with. Your child can transform the play tent into anything they wish – a princess castle, a doctor’s office or even a forest!

Benefits Of Play Tents

  • Encourages independent play and imagination
  • Provides a safe space for older toddlers and kids
  • Great for play in groups

How To Choose A Kids Teepee Or Tent

  • Ease of Assembly - Depending on whether the playhouse is meant to be a semi or permanent fixture, you might not want to spend 30 minutes putting it up every time
  • Style -  From the pink princess castle to the pure white canvas teepee, there are a variety of choices with or without lights
  • Ventilation - Kids get sweaty quickly

Tiny Lands Kids Teepee -  "The Premium Tepee"

  • Made from 100% non-toxic, natural, breathable, cotton canvas
  • Portable and durable canvas teepee
  • For indoor and outdoor use
  • Adjustable size
  • Window for added circulation
  • Easy to assemble
  • Premium pricing

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If you’re looking for a teepee that is made from natural and non-toxic material then this would be an ideal buy; the 100% cotton canvas is breathable and not painted.  Even the poles are made from pine wood without chemicals.  The entire tent is handmade and safe for children.

The tent is simple to put together and the size can be adjusted by moving the wooden poles closer or further apart, allowing it to fit snugly into most spaces and especially in corners. An added bonus is that the company will replace poles for free.  When assembled, the tent is 5 feet tall, with a length and width of 47.2”. The added window allows for extra circulation and the flap door can be closed with the attached string.   The tent floor ties to the rest of the teepee.

For anyone with an eye for design, this teepee also has a timeless and minimalistic feel that would go along with any decor.

Alvantor Kids Tent  - "The Colorful Playhouse"

  • Has an opening for a tunnel door
  • Easy to clean
  • Strong fiberglass poles for sturdiness
  • Vibrantly colored tent
  • Mesh top
  • Lightweight (1.9 lbs)
  • For indoor and outdoor use
  • Generally needs 2 people to assemble easily

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This multi colored tent is larger than most play tents (58"x58"x47") with ample room inside for your little one to play with siblings, cousins or friends. The tent features a mesh top so parents can keep an eye on their kids and a tunnel door that can be used with other play tents and tunnels. The strong fiberglass poles make the tent stand sturdily without moving around.

It is lightweight and portable and neatly fits into a carrying bag for easy storage and travel. It is also super easy to keep clean; simply wipe clean with a damp cloth and mild soap.  It will even provide handy practice for a kid learning how to pitch a tent.  Suitable indoors or out, the tent does come in a smaller size (48”x48”x42”) if you are short on space.

  • 2 ventilating windows
  • Pockets for toys on the walls
  • Lab tested for child safety
  • Natural, Nontoxic 100% cotton with pine poles
  • Waterproof tent base
  • Directions for assembly could be slightly clearer

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At 47" wide on each side and 49.6" tall, this kids teepee tent comes with lights and feathers for added pizzazz.  Made out of 100% breathable cotton, the material can actually be washed in a machine.  There are adorable pockets to store books or toys, as well as 2 little windows.

In a slightly different style from the other teepees mentioned, the wood poles are visible from the outside,  and can be used to hang decorations.  This teepee also packs light into a compact carry bag, allowing your little one to have an adventure on the go.

  • No extra accessories required to assemble
  • Easy to clean
  • Features glow in the dark stars
  • Easy to set up in seconds
  • For indoor and outdoor use
  • Folds into a compact size for easy storage/travel
  • May not be the most durable

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Offer a brand new adventure with this castle play tent, ideal for children aged 2+. It is a brightly colored pink tent, great for both outdoor and indoor use that can allow children to create their own unique worlds. The sock-corded fiberglass poles ensure that the tent stays steady while the glow in the dark stars means your little one can use a wild imagination to the fullest. Easy to clean with a damp cloth, the tent requires no extra accessories to set up; simply pop it up in seconds and insert the support rods for added stability.

The poles are inserted into concealed sleeves so that they cannot be touched by your child. The tent assembles easily into a size of 41.5”x 41.5”x54”, which should be appropriate for a toddler up to an 8 year old.  Toddlers should be able to lie fully flat inside if they choose.

Netted windows provide some ventilation and light.  The door is a roll up door your child can use to restrict access from the magical world, yet it can be transported easily from home to grandpa's house.  When it is time to pack up or store, the castle folds down flat and fits a portable carry bag just 17” in diameter.

USA Toyz Rocket Ship - "The Space Tent"

  • For outdoor and indoor use
  • Easy to clean
  • Mesh windows and a big doorway
  • Bonus projector included
  • Portable, lightweight and easy to store
  • Includes sturdy, durable poles
  • Less durable than premium tents

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This rocket ship kids play tent will be sure to fire up your little one’s imagination! Featuring a fun galactic design, the tent is easy to assemble; simply unfold, slide in the sturdy poles and it pops into shape. Its super simple to keep the play space clean and bacteria free – simply use a damp cloth and mild soap.

The tent comes with a free projector and 24 color images; you can project images of the galaxy and space exploration which makes for great outer space make believe! The mesh windows and roll down door means breathable, easy access for your little one and hours of uninterrupted play with siblings and friends. It measures 41”x41”x53” when assembled.

Wilwolfer Princess Tent - "The Starlit Tent"

  • Beautifully designed hexagon shaped tent
  • For indoor and outdoor use
  • Easy to clean
  • Large sized
  • Inclusive of lights
  • Easy to set up
  • Less durable than premium tents

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This spacious, hexagon shaped tent is a little kid's dream come true – a place to pretend they can really pretend they are in a castle or palace. The attached twinkling star lights add to the ambiance and are a feature families love.

Designed for both outdoor and indoor use, the tent is made from polyester blend fabric that is comfortable and durable. Sized 55”x 53”, this is a large sized tent that can allow your child to play with other kids and still have space to bring along pillows, dolls, snacks and stuffed animals.

Conclusion

Offering a private space for a child to play with can lead to amazing self driven journeys.  As an added bonus, parents get a little time to themselves!

What are your kids' favorite games to play in the tent?

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