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10 of the best kids teepees and play tents

Children do LOVE a den – and we've found some wonderful little (and not so little) tents for them to hole up in and play

best play tents and teepees

Play tents and teepees give children somewhere magical where they can relax, hide away from the world and come up with their own imaginary adventures. They are also a more flexible solution than a plastic or wooden playhouse, as they can be taken down and put away when the game is over – perfect if space is at a premium in your home.

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We’ve found some wonderful little (and not so little) tents for your child to hole up in, some in neutral designs and others aimed at a particular interest. I mean who wouldn’t want their own fairy castle or fire engine to play in?

Many of these simple dens are pop-up play tents requiring little to no effort to set up, while others are easily constructed with a few simple poles. Some designs even include extras like fairy lights, bunting or a tunnel.

The play tents and teepees we’ve chosen here are designed and made for indoor fun – although a few of them can also be used outside in good weather. If you’re looking for an outdoor set-up, check out our list of best playhouses for kids – and maybe have a peek, too, at our list of best mud kitchens, best water play tables and best climbing frames.

Here’s our pick of the best play tents and teepees for children

1. Kids Concept Play Tent, £33

– Best for playing anywhere

Age: 3+

Size: 100cm x 130cm | Material: Polyester with fibreglass/steel rods

You can put up this compact, stylish star-print play tent in seconds: just pop it out and secure it with the support sticks included. It’s just as easy to pack up: collapse the support sticks and squish it back down into its carry bag – and it really does pack down small. You could easily stow it in your pushchair basket for a trip to the beach or park.

We like the jaunty flag on top and its cute roll-up door, which your child can open and close, and the mesh window is a good size. Available in blue, pink, rust, lilac and grey (pictured) and you can also buy a matching 180cm x 46cm play tunnel.

Available at: Kidly, Alex and Alexa and Scandiborn

2. Argos Home Kids Play Teepee Woodland, £50

– Best for wildlife lovers

Age: 3+

Size: 160cm x 120cm  | Material: Polyester, with responsibly sourced wood poles

This teepee is a really good size and the fabric is a nice quality, with a lovely woodland design that includes leaves, toadstools and some very cute bugs. It’s nice and sturdy and easy to put up (and down) – and can be used both indoors and out.

The doorway flaps can tie open or shut (perfect for top secret bug-hunter meetings) and we like that it has 2 mesh windows for extra light (and peeping out of). Also available in Rainbow, Bear and Scandi designs.

Available at: Argos

3. Ikea Cirkustält Children’s Tent, £12

– Best for value

Age: 18 months+

Size: 120cm x 100cm  | Material: Polyester, with plastic rods

With a bright, playful ‘big top’ design, this pop-up circus tent is amazing value for money. It is reasonably big, simple to put up, extremely lightweight and has a tie-back doorway (but no window) and a detachable red flag at the top.

The material is robust enough for outdoor play – although the base is not very thick and, on a windy day, you’ll need to be sure to put a few things inside the tent to weigh it down and stop it blowing away. You can collapse the poles and fold the tent flat for storage but there’s no storage bag to keep it all in so, which makes carting it around on your travels a bit less easy.

Available at: Ikea

4. Kids Kingdom Fairy Garden Play Tent, £27.95

– Best for fairy fantasies

Age: 3+

Size: 130cm x 100cm | Material: Polyester, with plastic rods

This well-made, good-sized, pop-up play fairy castle play tent won us over with its lovely, vibrant, detailed fabric decoration, including fairies (naturally), butterflies, a garland of flowers around the door and toadstools lurking magically inside. The front door has a fabric flap opening with Velcro tabs and there are 2 large mesh windows.

It’s quick easy to assemble and fold down into its carry bag and, as with its showerproof, UV-protective roof, it’s suitable for outdoor play (with some weights on a blustery day). Also available in Space Rocket, Command HQ and Unicorn designs.

Available at: Amazon, Jac in a Box and Children’s Rooms

5.  Kiddiewinkles Fire Engine Play Tent, £150

Age: 3+

– Best for firefighting fun

Size: 122cm x 92.5cm | Material: 100% cotton, with PVC windows and a metal frame

This reasonably sized play tent (it’s not as huge as it looks in the picture!) cuts a properly exciting dash – as it should for the price – with its oblong fire-engine shape, appliquéd wheels, embroidered hose, ladder and fire tools, and a special number plate you can have personalised with your child’s name (no extra cost). The attention to detail is really lovely, and the fabric is a good-quality, heavyweight cotton.

It has a nice big door on either side with PVC windows and a large, soft PVC windscreen. Unusually for a play tent, only the ‘cab’ area has a roof – with the rest of the engine left open. It takes about 10 minutes to set up (you need to put together the metal frame first) and comes with its own storage bag.

Available at: Kiddiewinkles, Not On The High Street and The Home of Interiors

6. Little Senses Giant Lights and Sounds Activity Dome, £159.99

– Best for babies

Age: From birth

Size: 85cm x 88cm | Material: Fabric playmat with mesh sides and plastic frame | Batteries: 6 x AA (not included)

This dinky little sensory play dome has a soft, colourful, machine-washable playmat base and comes with a tummy-time pillow and 4 hanging toys for your baby to gaze up at. There are also loads of extra features to entertain your child as they grow, including 2 rainmakers, a ball drop with 4 balls, spinning cogs and a bead maze.

Best of all, the battery-operated ‘special effects’ are calming, rather than all-singing, all-dancing, with soothing nature sounds and softly glowing lights. It doesn’t fold up but you can take it apart for storage.

Available from: Early Learning Centre and Amazon

7. Elephant Play Tents Pipeline Crawling Tunnel Pop-up House, £26.95

– Best play tent with tunnel

Age: 3+

Size: 94cm x 101cm (tent); 160cm x 48cm (tunnel) | Material: Nylon, with spring steel rods

We absolutely love the design idea of this play tent/tunnel combo, with the elephant’s trunk acting as a tunnel for your child to crawl through to get inside the attached pop-up tent. And the friendly elephant face, with big flappy ears attached, give it a proper wow factor.

The tent itself is not particularly big and, though it’s sold as being suitable for outdoor play, the fabric seems a little thin. But we do really like the open and close ‘nostril’ flap entrance to the trunk tunnel. The tunnel and tent do detach for separate play and they can both be folded down – although we struggled a bit to fit them neatly into the carry bag provided.

Available from: Amazon and All Kinda Things

8. Haus Projekt Kids’ TeePee with Fairy Lights, £59.99

– Best for twinkly extras

Age: 3+

Size: 120cm x 160cm | Material: 100% cotton canvas, with pine poles | Batteries: 3 x AA

This good-sized, canvas teepee tent gets extra marks for coming not only with matching bunting but also with fairy lights to make it all twinkly and atmospheric. It has non-slip silicone tips on the pine poles and a waterproof base, which makes it really suitable for outdoor play (on a sunny afternoon) as well as indoor. It has one window (with a roll up curtain – that, annoyingly, you can’t roll up or down from inside) and a close-able flap opening.

We really like the storage pockets inside the tent for your child to store books and other tent treasures in – and there’s one on the outside too (suitably high up) for the battery pack. Pretty quick to assemble but do note that the canvas can sag a little if you knock the sides a lot – maybe not the best choice for a very active/fidgety child. Comes with a fabric carry bag and is available in pink, blue and grey (pictured).

Available from: Amazon and Buy Definition

9. Djeco Multicoloured Indoor Play Tent, £56.99

– Best for a retro look

Age: 3+

Size: 130 cm  x 106cm | Material: Non-woven fabric, with plastic rods

This reasonably sized fabric play tent has a built-in yellow base, a nice, wide roll-up door opening and 2 porthole-style windows.

We really like the colourful harlequin patterns on the fabric – and how much light there is inside the tent. The fabric is good-quality and the 5 rods (round play tents like this one often only have 4 rods) do give the whole tent some extra sturdiness – although some of our testers found the rods a little tricky to negotiate when they were assembling the tent. Suitable for indoor use only. Also available in an Oriental pattern.

Available fromJojo Maman Bebe, Kidly and Crafts 4 Kids

10. Livememory Kids’ Play Tent, £29.99

– Best for cool roof features

Age: 3+

Size: 130cm x 100cm | Material: Polyester, with fibreglass rods

This super-lightweight, space-themed tent is a reasonable size and has a curtain-style door opening with Velcro closure, 2 side windows and – thrills! – 3 planet-shaped ‘skylights’ in its star-spangled roof.

Its pop-up design means it is simple to assemble (although not always super-easy to stash back into its carry bag), and it has little mesh pockets to secure each rod into. It’s well priced and our testers loved the roof windows.

Available from: Amazon and Onbuy

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