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Build a tent by teatime

Tent building in itself is superb fun, whether it’s pitched out in the back garden or in the front lounge. And the real lure of this design is that it needs to be completed by the time dinner is ready, so the kids can shut the adults out and eat their fish-and-chip supper under canvas (or Egyptian cotton!)

What you need:

  • A roll of rough string
  • Scissors
  • 3 x 8ft (2.4m) and 6 x 3ft (90cm) bamboo canes from a garden centre
  • Old sheets and blankets
  • Pens and card to make a sign for the entrance

What to do:

The easiest tent to construct is a simple two-sided prism shape – like a Toblerone box!

You’ll need to make a sturdy frame using your canes – lay the 3 longest canes 3 ft (90cm) apart, and attach using the shorter canes and string, until your tent takes shape.

Then drape with sheets, and decorate inside and out with pillows, rugs and pictures, before moving in and making mischief!