This week my class built their own Native American home. It was super easy. What I love about this process is the ownership the children take in the process. Here's what we did:
The children adored creating their little “stories” with pictures. Yesterday, one boy went delightfully to the tepee and pointed out which parts he drew. There is a special warmth to this tepee with those hand drawn images.
To construct the tepee, I used five long sticks (I have also used bamboo poles from Pier I Imports) and wrapped them together with rope. I draped the sheet around the sticks and secured with safety pins at the top and at the bottom at the two front sticks.
I put nature items inside the structure and hung a Native American shield I found in Colorado. Young children love the enclosure of a tent. I can still remember as a child building my own structures to play in.
When you are done just wash the sheet and the water-based markings will disappear!