Teepees play a significant role in our nation's history and can be used to teach units about our Native American heritage, dwellings, nomadic living, the simplistic beauty of useful structures, wind dynamics, design, heat retention, and many other concepts.
In addition, they make wonderful meeting places, provide a fabulous sense of enclosure (that's also well lit), and provide much-needed shade in sunny areas.
Kids love teepees, so we offer two sizes: large and small, each with options.
Handholds and ladder slats are included on the large six-sided Teepee, and offer different upper body challenges on a completely safe playground element.
Hanging inside in the middle is a length of rope fixed to the ground, which offers yet another climbing challenge!
The whole regal structure is about 12 feet tall to its peak, so it’s an immediate, attractive space in which children can play and make-believe.
The smaller 8’ Teepee has 8 struts and therefore 8 sides, and the peaks of each of the sides is closed in as shown in the first photo below. There is no rope hanging inside the small TP.
This small TeePee can be purchased as a frame only or with any number of solid walls, solid walls with climbing handholds, slat walls, or open sections.
Because of the spacing between the slats, and the open sides, the large Teepee is relatively transparent which makes supervision from almost any angle very easy.
The 12’ Teepee is a rugged play element that is good for any age group; the smaller one is obviously for younger kids, and is a great addition to a back yard!
Both Teepees come as easy to assemble kits that can be put up in a few hours (or a lot less time for the smaller Teepee). The 12’ Teepee should rest on top of solid ground with the base buried in the fall zone material, whereas the smaller Teepee is meant to be set on the ground, and is fastened to the ground with spikes which makes it very easy to move to other locations.
The footprint of the big Teepee is about a 12’ diameter circle. A 6 foot fall zone is required all around, so its a circle 24’ in diameter.
The footprint of the smaller Teepee is about 8 feet. If you want the walls with climbing handholds or the slat climb, you will need a fall zone around this Teepee as well.
Without walls, the small Teepee frame is not a climbing element, so it does not need a fall zone all the way around it, which means it can be placed in your garden or on the grass. Great for growing vines, pole beans, morning glories, etc.