Answer : none, they are no use whatsoever and I get the sneeking suspicion that if mine could talk she would just rip my tee-pee making skills to shreds! She had such an air of disdain. Click pics to enlarge.
I have been working on a project in a local special school with Reception/Year one. The teachers had printed out a “How to make a tee-pee” sheet from IKEA which looked simple enough…however I proved to be just as inept at following them as I would have been if it were a chest of drawers.
The first session in school was great and the children used permanent marker pens and fabric pens to draw onto the fabric.
I then brought it home and spent the best part of two hours trying to get it to stand up and for me to not keep being covered in a pile of material and have bamboo canes whacking me on the head every five minutes. TOP tip – get help. TOP tip two – from a person and not the cat. I have made tee-pees before but with a fixed base and they are much easier, however the beauty of this one is that it can be folded down for easy storage, with the fabric still attached, ( it is tied onto the canes inside with ribbon).
I have been back in school today and we have painted over the drawings with fabric paint and lots of water so that the colours really blend.
Hopefully when I go back for the evaluation of the project I will get to see them in use.
There are also some amazing tee-pees for sale here
, but how cool, if you can, to make your own!