School starts soon for kids across the nation, yet there’s still time to squeeze in summer fun. If you’d like to engage your young children in active, creative play, then you’ll want to hear all about our new ColorMe Teepee Adventure Play Tent!
Product Manager Josh is eager to share the story behind this exciting new product with you. Find out what inspired Josh to build this product for your kids in his interview below.
What inspired you to make this product? Did being a father of a young son influence your thought process?
I have spent several years within the children’s toy Industry, and always wanted the opportunity to work on a children’s product for my own child. Unfortunately, my son Jack is still a little too small to engage in many playtime activities, so he didn’t inspire this particular product, although I am always looking ahead to build toys he’ll enjoy in the future. His main source of entertainment right now comes from finding random objects and trying to eat them as quickly as possible before he’s caught.
The idea for our new kids’ teepee play tent actually came from a phone call I had with my brother. He told me how he had brought my nephew over to a friend’s house, and that one of the other parents had a teepee-style tent with them to play with. My nephew, who is two and a half years old, instantly gravitated towards it. My brother suggested I investigate and see if this was a product that other kids might enjoy as well with some improvements.
After doing a bit of research, I found there were a few different teepees on the market; however, none of the available options offered both fine motor skill development as well as the creative freedom to design and decorate the tent. The ColorMe TeePee features 100% cotton canvas fabric kids can personalize with a variety of child-safe art supplies (not included) to engage them creatively while also helping develop an awareness of detail.
Why did you focus on encouraging creative play in children? Do you see this product as a fun alternative to digital stimulation or entertainment?
Being able to create their own story line allows kids to develop leadership qualities and the ability to reason without the need for structured play.
Aside from the obvious physical aspects of getting children actively engaged in play, the ColorMe TeePee play tent is a lifestyle product. I see the teepee playhouse as a retreat for kids to watch cartoons on their iPads, look up star charts, or to do homework inside. I don’t necessarily see the two as being completely separate. When playtime is over, we hope that the teepee can still be part of the child’s daily life, even when they are using their electronic gadgetry. The fact that the teepee tent collapses quickly to fit into the included canvas carrying bag lets parents and loved ones bring the teepee along on trips and play dates to help kids feel comfortable in new surroundings.
Safety is a big concern for parents. Can you explain the safety testing the ColorMe TeePee play tent passed before it came on the market?
All of the components to the product from the cotton canvas exterior to the natural pine wood poles have been thoroughly tested for safety as your child’s wellbeing is our number one concern. Unfortunately, many of the other kids’ teepees being sold online right now are not properly tested. However, the ColorMe TeePee has been completely tested to comply with US Consumer Product Safety Standards. For that reason, I see our ColorMe TeePee tent as the best choice for children. I certainly recommend parental supervision for young children, especially when decorating, as it has the potential to get messy, depending on if paint or markers are used.
What are your favorite features about the ColorMe TeePee Adventure Tent for kids?
Personally I like how the product is pre-designed so children can both color within the lines or have the creative freedom to draw their own pictures.
The ColorMe TeePee Adventure Tent comes with several pre-made outlines kids can color in, such as a tree, mountains, and eagle. Did you intend to instill a respect for nature in kids as they draw?
A TeePee is a tent that was traditionally used by the Native Americans of the Plains and Great Lakes regions. Painted TeePees would often depict animal, celestial, and other nature designs. Our teepee is re-envisioning this idea as a children’s toy, while keeping true to the historical depictions of nature and outdoor aesthetics. Each of the three sides of the TeePee represents a serene landscape, while the fourth includes a compass to help guide your child’s path.
What age group do you think will enjoy this product the most?
The product itself has been safety tested for children ages three and older. In terms of product enjoyment, children closer to three will have the most fun with the accompaniment of a parent or guardian when simply using the teepee as a playhouse tent. Children around five years and older will likely find the most enjoyment from playing with another child and creating storylines together. In all age groups, the coloring activity can be enjoyable when guided by a parent, babysitter, grandparent, or other adult family member.