Making a Backyard Tipi (Teepee)?

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We are homeschooling our daughter, who will be in second grade this year and studying American history. She will of course be learning about Native Americans. One of the projects we would like to do this year would be to construct a Plains style dwelling in the yard, a tipi (or teepee). She would use this for playing, lounging, reading, etcetera. If it is large enough, I'd like for us both to be able to get inside to do school work outdoors, and of course spend the night inside at least once!

We would like this to be a sturdy structure that will at least last for a few months during the "good weather" of the year, which for our area is May to October. But, being thrifty, we do not want to spend much money on the project! We are not concerned about authenticity of materials, PVC pipe and canvas would be fine. We also do not wish to build a fire inside, so smoke flaps and such will not be an issue. I have looked at a few design ideas online, but they are often costly and/or involve lots of sewing... not a strong point for me.


Does anyone have suggestions or ideas for this project? Thanks!

By Shawna from TN, USA

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