We love camping. My children love camping for many reasons, but one of the things they love being able to do is hide away in the bedrooms of the tent when they want a bit of peace and quiet. And whilst we’re not fair-weather campers, we draw the line at camping in Winter. Which means no tent bedrooms to hide in.
So when this package arrived, there was much excitement in the Barefoot household. Kidcampz is a creative play tent that can be used indoors or out. It consists of poles, connectors, clips, pegs, straps and a lightweight sheet which means that you can create the tent in any shape you want, even incorporating furniture into your design.
The first time we used it, we built a fairly standard design – sort of like a Wendy house – because the children decided that they wanted a meeting place, and they needed to fit their chairs inside, because otherwise it wouldn’t be a proper meeting. Bean, however, has plans for other designs. He has a cabin bed, with a desk built in. There’s an opening under the desk which means he can crawl into the space under his bed. Bean is going to construct an entrance to this secret space to extend it.
So what was the tent like? Well, it needs an adult to help, since the connectors can be a bit stiff to get into the poles, but it definitely needs a child to put their imaginative spin on things. There are loads of poles and connectors (and velcro straps, which can be used to strap together poles if you want to create shapes that the connectors don’t allow), so there really are loads of possibilities for your building endeavours. The sheet is really big too.
We had a lot of fun experimenting with the best shape, height, angles etc so their meeting place was just right. The kit is aimed at 6-10 year olds, but Plum (3), Bean (8), big brother (16) were all involved in the construction and PK “helped” too.
The pieces in the kit seem to be robust – not cheap and flimsy, as these things sometimes can be – and Plum found that some pieces could be doubled up to make a pair of binoculars to spy on her three brothers. The inclusion of velcro straps eliminates any frustration that might come from having come up with a great design, only to find that the pieces won’t play ball. If the pieces won’t connect at the angles you want, you simply strap them together. The children really liked it, and I can see we are going to have a lot of fun with it over the coming year.
The Kidcampz Play Tent Kit costs £145 including delivery within the UK.
Disclosure: We were sent a Kidcampz Play Tent Kit free of charge for the purposes of this review. Our review is our own opinion.