Family Tepee
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Family Tepee

Age Range: 3-5
Craft Time: 60+ minutes
Messy Rating:
1 2 3 4 5
Uses Recycled Items: No
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Material List

  • Creatology™ Foam Sheet - Tan
  • Blunt Scissors
  • Hole Punch
  • Crayola® Markers
  • Craft Smart® All Purpose Glue
  • Creatology™ Foam Sheet - Brown
  • Yarn

Developmental Skills

  • Fine Motor
  • Social/Emotional
  • Virtue

Project Instructions

  1. Teachers, help cut a half circle from the tan craft foam. Bring the two straight sides together, forming a cone shape, and punch several holes, three-fourths of the way down through both straight sides.
  2. Have students use markers to draw pictures and symbols representing their family's lives and experiences on their tepee.
  3. Use yarn to lace up the tepee. Fold the flaps of the tepee door back and cut off. Then glue these pieces back on to look like the door.
  4. Cut brown foam sheet into strips and glue them sticking out of the top of the tepee.

Craft Notes

Adult supervision is required at all times.


Native Americans who lived on the Great Plains lived in tepees. These cone shaped dwellings were made of animal hides and saplings, young trees. Tepees could be set up quickly and were easily transported. The Great Plains Native Americans such as the Lakota were primarily nomadic people, so being able to move quickly from place to place was important. Tepees were often decorated to symbolize personal experiences of the families who dwelled in them, such as hunting. Have students make a miniature tepee of their own and decorate it with drawings that show scenes from their daily lives or experiences that are important to them.