What can you do in the tepee?
The intimate space of a tent tepee is an excellent environment
for speaking and listening activities.
The space is ideal for group and pair work (accommodating a
maximum of four children); it can act as an additional 'room'
inside the classroom where oracy work can be carried out away
from any distractions there might be in the rest of room. The
tepee can also be displayed so that it is visible to the whole
class and be used as a stimulus for whole class discussion activities.
The tepee is designed to fit on the carpet area or in a corner
of the classroom. It can be quickly and easily put up and
put away and does not take up much space when stored. The
Waste and Recycling tepee is part of the Tower Hamlets Schools
Library Services loan collection, it can be borrowed by schools
in Tower Hamlets for a term at a time.
Learn how to make your own miniature waste and recycling
You can create your own miniature version of our recycled
tepee by reusing some old fabric (such as an old tea towel
or an old tee shirt that you have grown out of).
Read the instructions below to find out how to make a mini
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Making a mini teepee
What you need
- Masking tape
- 8 sticks measuring 60 cm
- 1 piece of fabric measuring 50cm x 100cm
- Needle and thread
- Compasses or piece of string measuring
- Extra fabric for making tubes for sticks
How to make the teepee
- Fold the rectangular piece of fabric in
- Using a pair of compasses stretched out
to 50cm (or the piece of string) mark out an arc from the
folded edge corner of the fabric.
- Carefully cut around the curved line so
that when you unfold the fabric you will have made a semicircle
from the rectangle.
- Fold the semicircle into half, then quarters,
- Make a pencil mark at the bottom edge of
each folded edge and also at the top of the centre fold.
- Unfold the material into a flat semicircle
and place each stick with the bottom end on a pencil mark
and the top end on the centre fold mark (the sticks will
overlap at the top).
- Temporarily attach the sticks in place
using masking tape.
- The tepee will now stand up.
- You can make loops, tubes or ties to keep
the sticks in place permanently.
- You can now decorate the tepee and also
make ties for the door flap.
Read a story about recycling and looking after the environment
written by pupils from Year Four at Harbinger Primary School
and illustrated with recycled paper collage 'The
Tepees on the internet
Click on tipi pattern drawings
Scroll down to bottom of page and
Click on Tipi construction for photos of real one being erected.
Click on Toy tipi covers for pictures of toy teepees –
numerous, colourful and interesting.
Click on European, Russian or Asian for pictures of tepees
around the world.
Click on linings for some interiors (with string)
-history and good photos including interiors.
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