What are teepees?

October 4, 2014
Illustration of teepee

Answer: Past tents

A fun project for the kids is to build their own teepee. I was thinking about that, and consequently this pun, when I was outside with the kids this weekend. While you could use real tent poles and canvas, you can also do what I did as a child and just use branches and an old tarp found out in the yard. It gives them a quick lesson on living outdoors as well as a fun place to hide and play.

Explanation for the kids (and bad puns)

Teepee (or tipi) is the Lakota word for "dwelling" and was a kind of tent used in the great plains of North America. It was used by nomadic tribes that needed an easy and portable home.

One of the definitions of the word "tense" is used to describe differences in time. "Past tense" means something that happened in the past. So our "past tents" are tents that were used in the past.


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