One of the reasons I love where I live is that it’s so rich in Native American culture here. I live in a town adjacent to where it all began – Plymouth, MA (you know, where the first Thanksgiving took place). Everywhere you go around here, there are reminders that the Native Americans left their footprint here first and I love finding ways to teach my kids about their culture. While there are many tribes, the Wompanoags are most prominent in this area.
This DIY teepee craft is the perfect way to teach your kids about the Native American culture here in the US. It’s easy to make & only needs a few supplies.
How to make a teepee kids craft:
Here’s what you need:
- sticks of varying lengths but of similar thickness (average of 10 inches 10 1 ft. shown)
- tape and glue to secure things to the tee pee
- craft items to decorate your teepee such as various types of string and yarn, washi tape, fabric scraps, ribbon, construction paper, felt, feathers, etc.
1. Gather your sticks ( about 6 – 8)
2. Lay them on a flat surface and make sure that all the ends on one side are level with each other.
3. Near the top of the sticks (more than half way up) begin to weave string in and around the sticks so that they are securely connected.
4. Pull the string tight enough that they are in a bundle, but loose enough that the branches can be pulled outwards to create a teepee shape. Tie in a knot.
5. Spread out the sticks into a teepee shape.
6. Break some sticks to fit in between the tee pee sticks and use tape to secure them. This will make a stable foundation for your tee pee and keep it from sliding down.
7. Now it is time to decorate! Wrap your teepee with string, washi tape and other items, using glue to secure them where needed.
8. Once your tee pee is decorated to your liking, add some feathers on the top by placing a bit of glue on the bottom of the feathers and placing them in the top sticks of the teepee.
What are some of your favorite fall crafts to do with your kids?