This multicolored play tent is made of durable flame-retardant nylon with a waterproof bottom for both indoor and outdoor play. 14 shock-corded poles come in two sections and can be easily assembled by one person using the written/pictorial directions. 48”x48”x42" high. It includes a carry bag for storage and portability.
- This large structure encourages lots of physical play for vestibular feedback. Kids can stoop, crawl, squat, lay down, roll from one side to the other, reach up to look out the windows, etc.
- Make a “texture nest” inside. Add textured blankets and pillows to the inside and have the child sit on or lay in the pile to explore the variety of textures.
- Flashlight play inside the tent: A child can create “shadow puppets” and visually track the beam of light as you move it around.
- Add a variety of textured items to the sides of the tent so a child can reach, feel, and then describe what they are feeling.
- Attach bells to the poles on the outside of the tent. As a child moves around inside the tent, the bells will ring and add some auditory stimulation.
- Hook and loop closures and tie backs will encourage refined fine motor skills and two hands working together.
- As children pass through the openings and crawl back out again, they are developing body movement, coordination and an understanding of where their bodies are in space.
- Give children “movement commands” such as “climb through the round door” or “peek at me through the top”.
- This play tent is large enough to accommodate a piece of floor-based positioning equipment. A child can still be inside the tent with proper supports to make play as independent as possible.
- Expressive language can be encouraged and supported by asking a child to describe, in detail, his/her play ideas.
- This tent can stimulate imaginative play. Children can imitate adults or develop their own “scripts”.
- Add camping props, such as sleeping bags, flashlights, snacks, etc. to make play more concrete and understandable.
- Kids can “decorate” their home with additional blankets, pictures, toys etc.
- Add a play cell phone to the props used with camping gear. Encourage a child to call someone and verbally describe their pretend environment.
Developmental Processes Promoted
- Action Concepts
- Spatial Relationships
- Social Interaction
- Core Strengthening
- Trunk Strength
- Coordinated Movement
- Gross Motor
- Motor Planning
- Visual Attention
- Weight Shifting
- Foot Placement
- Peer Interaction
- Cooperative Play
- Turn Taking
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- Age Range:
- Levels of Play:
- One Level
- Self Storing
- Surface Wipe