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DIY Indoor Tent: A Fun Nook for Reading, Writing and Hours of Play

indoor tent as a reading corner This past week, Pari and her friends wanted me to share some fun ideas to play indoors. And, I instantly recollected one from my childhood days – my indoor tent.

As soon as I mentioned and explained how we can build one, they wanted me to construct for them.

And, this is what I built – easy peasy, spacious and very cozy!

An indoor tent inspires hours of play. But, can you believe it can be an inspiring reading/writing corner for young learners? Yes, that’s what it turned out to be over here.
Read on to know why I think reading nooks can be so motivating…

Our tent was simple and cozy…

The silk scarves – as curtains – added romantic charm and fairytale-like feel! We have a growing collection of such silk scarves and use them often in play and decor.

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I spread a carpet on the floor within and also threw in a rectangular mattress that fitted perfectly.

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To add some warmth and create a soothing ambience, I placed a candle within a glass votive.

But, even with a candle, the corner was a bit dark as it was evening.

I added a reading lamp and voila – it was a glowing, full-fledged living corner for the two little girls.

I knew no-doubt that this will be liked by the girls. But, my joy knew no bounds when I saw that the tent kept them busy for more than three hours or so!

The girls were so absorbed inside – reading, writing notes, having girly chat and they even wanted dinner to be served inside.

Together and individually they read many story books, wrote their own thoughts in their diaries and basically wanted to stay there with their bags and baggages!

Long after her friend left, Pari kept moving in and out of the tent.

After dinner, she sat down with the netbook and a new set of diary and colourful pens.

She even wanted to sleep there for the night – with me – but I talked her out of it because the living room is very cold at nights.

I’ve seen that ‘reading nooks’ can really inspire young learners. Why only young learners, even I am extra motivated to read and write when I spruce up my reading corner or workstation.

What about you? Have you made an indoor tent? Or, a specific reading nook for your child? Does your child feel more enthusiastic to read/write there?

Please share your ideas and thoughts…

Read more ideas to make reading/writing fun here.

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  • Haripriya February 20, 2012, 11:23 am

    What a lovely tent Rashmie and as you said, it does remind me of my younger days :)
    I think it would be the perfect space for children to reflect and learn. As an adult, I think I myself would be able to reflect and work very well in a cosy, quiet space as this tent. It has such a good feel to it. Great job :)

  • Srishti February 20, 2012, 5:36 pm

    I am sure Pari and her friend would have loved it. I had a similar cozy house kind of setup when I was a kid. I used to make it by covering all the sides of dining table using moms sarees or bed sheets. I remeber spending hours in there with my dolls, books and friends :)

  • Caroline February 20, 2012, 5:44 pm

    Ah, this reminds me of bedroom tents…and also of any time someone in the neighborhood bought new furniture: we’d build ‘real houses’ from those boxes :)

  • MiaB February 20, 2012, 7:04 pm

    This is awesome!! What a fun way to encourage independent reading.. :)


  • Maya February 21, 2012, 12:15 pm

    I love tents! Even though I am not Pari’s age. Been convincing friends that we should just make tents and hang out in them. They’ve agreed a few times. My cousin and me make one with sarees on our terrace and read books, paint, listen to music or write letters. I won’t blame Pari for wanting to sleep in the tent. By the way, if you go to Rishikesh, should try finding one of those tented places near the river. Beautifully magical!

  • maryanne @ mama smiles February 21, 2012, 11:30 pm

    What a lovely tent! I remember doing this as a kid, but so far my own children haven’t shown much interest. Maybe in a few months!

  • maggy, red ted art February 22, 2012, 1:25 pm

    Your tent looks so cozy and snug!! We love building tents (but they always fall over!). Yours looks so sturdy. A perfect reading snook!

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  • Mansi Shankar February 23, 2012, 5:12 am

    Hi Rashmie
    I created with little nook in my living room which has become a private sanctuary for my daughter. She can play for hours in this little nook.

  • ASHU February 23, 2012, 6:24 am

    Reminds me of Childhood days when we used to make our tent and used to spent quite long playing hours in the same.Even somedays back those ready made tent which we get in market was enjoyed by Khwaish and friends very much….i will show her Pari’s tent and then she will all wanting one at her place too.

  • MissMOE February 23, 2012, 3:26 pm

    Your tent looks like a lovely space. We are currently in the process of redecorating my daughters’ room, and a reading nook was on the top of their list of wants. So we are building a window seat which will be enclosed with a sheer curtain.

  • Allison February 24, 2012, 3:31 pm

    What an awesome area for reading. It’s amazing how kids love to have their own little private area. How fun! Thanks for linking up!