DIY Teepee Making, Painting and Campfire Cooking

Posted on September 13th, 2019

I do enjoy the school holidays with an older group of children keen to embark on an adventure. It is a chance for me to indulge in some of the childhood fun I enjoyed with my own children.  I had been toying with making teepees’ for a while. With just the right place in mind and the perfect age group signed up to activity hour, I seized the opportunity.

DIY Teepee Making, Painting and Campfire Cooking

Welly Walk Challenge

The Welly Walk was my chosen campsite. It is accessed across the farm so I set the children up with a fun activity sheet for the journey and had all the things we needed already down there.

Scavenger Hunt sheet on Welly Walk

How to Make a DIY Teepee

Having collected a duvet cover, 3 bamboo canes and some farm bailer twine the kids set to work creating their own bespoke Teepee.  I showed them a photo and recommended style and then sat back to watch them create.

Making teepees

Spray painting DIY Teepee Designs

It wasn’t long before the teepees were taking shape. I opened up a bag of watered down poster paint in old window cleaner bottles and invited the children to spray paint their own personalised designs on the covers. It was such a lovely activity, the paint easily washed off clothes and skin and there was nothing to spoil or worry about. We even had a handy babbling stream next to us to rinse hands.

Making Teepee Flags

The final touch was stapling a square of material around a stick for a camp flag.

Flags for DIY Teepees

The kids were thrilled with the finished results and piled into their camps. It was lovely to see how much the parents enjoyed it all too.

inside DIY spray painted teepees

Campfire Cooking

While we were busy building our DIY teepees Guy had been making a fire pit campfire for us. The children wasted no time crowding round to take a marshmallow or lump of cookie dough to toast. There were some hungry children after all that creative camp building happy to indulge.

campfire cooking at coombe Mill Holidays

Rope Swing

the benefit of my chosen location was in any spare minute not only was there the stream to splash around in but also the Coombe Mill rope swing to enjoy.

rope swing

No wonder I ended up heading home and leaving families enjoying the afternoon at their newly made camps.   

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Tips for Making your own DIY Teepee with Children

Provide the basic equipment but leave then enough scope to make it themselves, or help make it depending on age
Outdoors is perfect for spray painting and pushing bamboo into the ground, but an indoor version could be handy on a wet day.
Campfire is optional but a lovely way to support the outdoor living idea. Make sure any fire is well supervised; hair hanging over the fire is a real hazard.

If you are planning a spot at distance prepare well so you are not running back and forth. Here is my check list:

For DIY Teepee Making:

  •  Scissors, stapler, duvet, bailer twine (string is just as good) DIY spray paint, bamboo canes or long sticks (3 per teepee)

And for the campfire:

  • Fire pit stones, sticks, firelighters, matches, marshmallows, cookie dough or other things to cook.