Fun & Frugal Bedtime Tents for Children

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The following is a guest post from Tammy

When it comes to kids’ playthings, I love stuff that encourages creativity. Multi-purpose and frugal is an added bonus!

My four children (ages 7 and under) love making tents. (And with our rainy Seattle weather, there’s a lot of indoor playtime!)

I went to our local GoodWill store and found a Spiderman flat bedsheet for my 5 year old boy, and a Dora sheet for my 3 year old girl. For just a couple dollars, they have a colorful way to create tents in the living room or their bedroom.

The Spiderman sheet has even been used on the Rhododendron bushes in the front yard on a sunny day. Sheets are washable and since I bought them to be played with, I’m pretty lenient about how they get used!

At night time, we make tents with their beds — a bottom bunk bed and a crib. They have had so much fun with these sheets. When not in use, the sheets fold up small, and can even be used, of course, as a bed sheet in the future.

— Tammy is a busy mom of four young children, making her home in Seattle. She shares delicious recipes and frugal kitchen tips at Tammy’s Recipes.

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  1. We love making tents too! I have some king size sheets that we pull out every so often for tons of fun playtime. I discovered a while back that I could flip the couches around with their back facing each other and drape a sheet that way and it makes a complete hideaway. If I’m ambitious, I can rig one end of it over the tv armoire and then can have a movie night later in the tent too. Fun stuff!

  2. Ooh.. I must use one of our flat sheets to help my toddler make a tent too! Thanks for the post, Tammy!

  3. Egg salad… I mean excellent!

    I was just brainstorming for some creativity ideas for my next few videos and I see this! I love parents that encourage creativity and fun in their household! Kudos!

  4. I made a permanent tent for my son who has the bottom bunk. He’s the oldest of 3 boys who all share a room. It’s a great way for him to have his “own” space, darkness when he wants to sleep, and just a cool place to hang out.

  5. Great idea Tammy, I love the Goodwill. Just like your sheets, I can get clothes for my kids that I don’t mind if they get muddy and torn when they’re out exploring the woods and fields. Ragamuffins reign on our farm!

    I also find great fitness equipment there – rollerblades, ice skates, flippers, and more. You might like the ideas I’ve posted here:

  6. I love this linkie party. There are always so many frugal ideas shared each week. My notebook of frugal advice and ideas is quickly getting full.

    Happy Friday!!

  7. I wish my children were still young enough to enjoy making tents. We used to let them make tents in the living room and gave them a 24 hour window to play in it. If we hadn’t set a limit I don’t think we ever would have gotten our living room back!

  8. We have a bunch of tents and tunnels my mom got at a garage sale for under $10 total, and the kids LOVE playing with these for hours, inside and out!

  9. This is my first time linking here, but I am ALWAYS looking for a way to save our pennies! Very excited to read some of these tips and tricks.

    My post today is about shopping at consignment stores rather than buying items new 🙂

  10. We have quite a collection of old 40s movies I caught on Turner Classics when once upon a time we had cable. We also find many, many classics at our local library.

    The movie “The Grapes of Wrath” (1940) is an excellent view on teaching our youth on what the world was like during the Depression and Dust Bowl for many. My mother is 81 and as my grandma related to me when I was young, when my mother was a little girl they had to wait for the chicken to lay an egg one morning to make my mother an egg sandwich for her school lunch.

    This movie, The Grapes of Wrath is a must-see for this generation. It is sobering. One of my husband’s favorites.

    Blessings to all as we lift this morally depressed country up in prayers.

  11. Great idea! My daughter loves tents but I hadn’t thought of hitting the Goodwill for some tent-designated sheets. Today we made a fort out of the dining room table, using my bed quilt!