Friday, August 5, 2011

Reading Tent!

I found a cute idea on Pinterest for making a simple A-Frame Tent with a couple pieces of wood, a dowel, and a twin bed sheet.  Of course I had to make it right away.  I simplified things a little bit - made it cheaper and easier.  It turned out awesome!  I know my kids will love to cozy up in this little tent during the Daily 5.

Here's the link for the original tutorial I found: A-Frame Tent

I didn't do ANY sewing just to make things easier. I cut the 48" dowel in half to make a shorter tent that will fit better in my classroom.  I bought a twin flat sheet at Wal-Mart and folded it in half the hot dog way.  Then I wrapped the edges around the legs and secured them with rubber bands.  It folds up easily if I ever need to get it out of the way. Also, I can easily remove the sheet and throw it in the wash if needed. To save money - look for the right size of wood in the lumber section rather than the area with the mouldings. It looks just fine and is cheaper to purchase. :)

Next project: Coordinating pillows!  I bought pillow cases that matched the sheet used for the tent.  I plan to put vinyl covers over them (to keep the classroom ickys out!) and then the pillow cases.  I'll put velcro on the opening to keep the pillow cases secure, but easy to remove when they need to be cleaned!  Here's a quick picture of the supplies:

Simple, cheap projects to add some comfy spaces for reading to your classroom!


Jess said...

I think your reading tent is soo cute! Now I'm trying figure out how I can put this in my classroom. You did say that is folded up though so I'm thinking I could put it away for all other times besides my literacy block. Thanks for the creative idea! :)
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Paula Keller said...

It's VERY cute!

My teacher friend has those pop up tents for kids (camping). She has one that is a giraffe (she has a thing for giraffes in her room), and she also has a hippo. She keeps a backet of books from the library in there and it is a center for two or three kids during guided reading.

I have some folding directors chairs that I use, kind of for the same purpose.

Nina said...

What a great idea! I definitely want to make one! Thanks for posting! :)

Peterson's Primary Peeps said...

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Kristin Wynegar said...

I love your reading tent! I am your newest follower. Come visit me sometime! :)

Malarie said...

Such a cute reading tent! We have a reading tee-pee in our room. Come check it out :)

Sara said...

That tent is SO cute!! I'm now thinking of where I could put one... :)

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Kinderaffe said...

What a great idea! Love the tent. I have such a small classroom. This will be a nice compromise. Thanks!

Unknown said...

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Jennifer said...

I love your blog! I gave you the One Lovely Blog Award. I actually gave it to you last week. I have been super busy and forgot to let you know earlier. So sorry.


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