I know it's not earth shattering to get a toddler a teepee but for our small space, every decision to add a new toy is a big one. We carefully weigh the pros and cons of each toy and try our best to estimate how much the toy will be played with versus the space it takes up. We would never want to deprive our kids of learning or creative opportunities in our home but I don't believe that more toys = more play. When I considered a teepee for Theo for Christmas it was for a couple of reasons. Recently, I have been making forts with him out of his crib that he has been loving (and they are not impressively made and a bit dark) and he has been interested in the idea of privacy. He likes to ask for privacy when he goes to the bathroom (not that I get the same courtesy from him). We wanted to be able to offer him a special place to play, imagine and create and hide away from the rest of us. The timing of giving him a teepee seemed perfect as he had just started to share his room with his sister.
From my point of view I like that a teepee can easily fold away and be tucked in a corner. In my experience, toys that can be easily hidden away and brought back out are my favourite as they are always "new". I love that Teepees are plain and visually pleasing. But, I was also concerned about the size of a teepee. Most I saw were about 5' x 5' which is really too big for our space. I planned to set the teepee up in his room and our living room (where the murphy bed is folded away in the day). Both of these spaces could in theory fit 5' x 5' teepees but then very little else. Luckily I stumbled upon local company Shop Little Wanderer who has smartly designed a teepee for smaller spaces that measures about 3' x 3' but still has lots of height. Theo's teepee is the small natural canvas (link here) and is made from thick canvas that I know can stand up to his "spirited play". You can tell so much love and care went into this small teepee (something my limited sewing skills, or fort building efforts could never have replicated). The doors tieback and a window makes for easy peek-a-boo games.
The teepee is a big hit in our house so far and I've even used it as a tool encourage quiet time for my no longer napping 3.5 year old. The teepee didn't come with the poles to avoid big shipping fees but can easily be picked up at Home Depot.
Shop Little Wanderer let me know she will be having a giveaway tomorrow for the same size teepee on their Instagram account so head over there and give them a follow! She also kindly offered 10% off her shop with the code 600SF.