How to Make a Child's Wigwam

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Building a wigwam with your children is a great way to have fun as well as teach your kids about Native American culture. Basic wigwam construction is relatively easy when you have the right materials and a large enough space in your backyard. This is a learning experience for your child that will provide him with hours of playtime in his very own wigwam fort.

Rake away any stones, weed clumps or other obstructions in the area you wish to build your wigwam. Depending on the size of the wigwam, choose a location that is large enough and is relatively level.

Push a stick into the ground in the approximate centre of where the wigwam will stand. Tie a piece of string that is half the circumference of the final size of the wigwam. For example, if you are building a 6-foot wigwam, the string should be three feet long.

Pull the string slightly taut, hold the end and walk around the centre stick, drawing a circle in the ground with another stick. If you are working in a grassy area, lay out a piece of bright-coloured string into a circle shape.

Stick the 15 thin, bendable sticks into the ground about 6 to 9 inches all around the circumference of the circle. Space the sticks evenly, allowing for a larger gap between sticks to make an entrance.

Bend all of the flexible sticks so that the tops all meet in the centre. Tie the ends of the sticks together with twine.

Weave long willow whips horizontally around the wigwam, spaced about 6 inches apart or more. Avoid weaving across the entrance. Secure the ends of the willow whips around the wigwam structure with twist ties.

Drape a sheet or large piece of fabric over the wigwam and secure the ends to the wigwam structure with twist ties. It isn't necessary to use a sheet. Many home-constructed wigwams, if left for several months, will begin growing vegetation and your child will have a natural canopy to play under.

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