Review: YOGADOO founder, Lucy Aston
Summer hasn't really got into gear this year has it? With only the occasional gorgeous day, sandwiched with grey skies (I am sure we had endless sunny days growing up!) So when we were asked to review the Hape Teepee tent we struggled to get a day when we could go outside and play with it! But the truth is, it looks at home inside in any nursery, playroom or bedroom so really is the perfect toy for our typically British summer!
I love toys which inspire a child's imagination and creativity, and needless to say give them time away from the screen and the Hape Teepee tent does just that. I told the children (my son, Freddie, 9 and my friend's children Immy, 5 and Felix, 3) we were going to play with a new Teepee and they immediately decided they wanted to have a little impromptu outdoor yoga class.
So, what's it like to put up? With just a few wooden poles and one main piece of canvas it was up in 5-10 minutes and was really easy to assemble. All the parts come in a really handy carry case too, so it all stashes away neatly if you don't want to leave it up.
You could also easily take it to the beach as a little shade, but I don't know how well it would withstand a breezy day.
I also like the fact that there were no cheap plastic parts, and have since found out that Hape is the largest producers of wooden toys, using water based paints and they also avoid harsh glues in their products.
My little Teepee gang played for hours running yoga classes, reading books and having their afternoon snack inside their new home. Kids love a den don't they? The windows on the Teepee have little velcro fastenings so they can really hide away.
It looks cute, and the material is wipe clean which is always handy, it's also pretty good value for money as its the kind of toy you could play with all year round, with endless hours of imaginative and creative play. I'd say it's probably best for ages 3-6 or 7, as Freddie who was 9 had a bit of a squeeze to get inside - but saying that, still enjoyed having a little den which wasn't made of sofa cushions and blankets!
The Teepee Tent Red is suitable for ages 3Y+ available to buy online from Argos for £54.99.