This primary resource encourages children to go outside to play and explore. Discover how to make a teepee-style tent using simple materials. Where did teepees originate from? Why were they designed in this simple manner?

Pupils will also discover suggestions for going on a ‘bug safari’, getting arty with items from the garden and becoming an ‘eco-detective’ in this National Geographic Kids’ primary resource sheet.

The teaching resource can be used as a printed handout for instruction in class time, or for display on the interactive whiteboard.

Activity:  Print the resource and complete the tasks. Children could design different patterns on their teepees, using paint brushes and fabric paint, stencils, potato prints, leaf prints, etc. They could take a copy of the resource home with them, to build a teepee in their garden.

N.B. The following information for mapping the resource documents to the school curriculum is specifically tailored to the English National Curriculum and Scottish Curriculum for Excellence. We are currently working to bring specifically tailored curriculum resource links for our other territories; including South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. If you have any queries about our upcoming curriculum resource links, please email:


This primary resource assists with covering the following Art and Design aims of the National Curriculum:

The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques 


National Curriculum Art and Design Key stage 1 objectives:

Pupils should be taught:

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products 
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space 


This primary resource assists with covering the following Science aims of the National Curriculum.

  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them 


This primary resource assists with covering the following Expressive Arts Early level objectives from the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence:

  • I have the freedom to discover and choose ways to create images and objects using a variety of materials.


Scottish Curriculum for Excellence First level Expressive Arts objectives:

  • I have the opportunity to choose and explore a range of media and technologies to create images and objects, discovering their effects and suitability for specific tasks.


Scottish Curriculum for Excellence Third level Expressive Arts objectives:

  • I have experimented with a range of media and technologies to create images and objects, using my understanding of their properties.

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