When I was a little girl I used to love to make dens. I would make my Mum take all the quilts off the beds and I would make a fort between the sofas. I used to love hiding and playing in them for hours, living in a make believe and fairy tale world.
Therefore when Catching Stars asked if I would like to review one of their teepees I nearly squealed with excitement. I knew that Mads would absolutely love it, and also it looked so eye catching and cool, I knew it would go perfectly in her newly decorated woodland themed room.
Catching Stars is a new company started by two friends who are dedicated to creating beautiful and inspiring play spaces for children. All their designs are bright, colourful and modern.
Naturally we chose the woodland teepee to match her new room and we excitedly awaited it's delivery. When we arrived we got Mr E to set it up as soon as he could. The teepee is really easy to get up, it literally took about two minutes.
Our first impression was just how colourful it was. The fabric is a gorgeous woodland decal with rabbits and deers all over it. It looks perfect in her new room. The teepee comes with a quilted padded floor mat and the inside has three pockets to hide treasures. What I really loved was as an added extra it came with two little cushions in the same design which really helps for snuggling and getting cosy. All the poles are hidden by the material, which is made from 100% thick, high quality cotton. It is not flimsy at all and really sturdy.
Children can shut the door using the velcro fastenings but there are still spaces so you can peek inside to see what they are getting up too. If you would prefer though you can fasten back the doors with the attached ribbon.
Mads was so excited as her Daddy was putting it up and as soon as he had finished she went straight inside saying 'Do you want to come in my tent Mummy' Of course we had to have a go, as well as Daddy. But eventually we weren't good enough and all her 'friends' (teddies) came in the tent with her, along with her supermarket till and her baby sister. At six weeks old, LL got a taste of being in a 'only girls allowed' den!
Mads played in it for ages, snuggling in there under a blanket and watching a film, and also having a little picnic in there too. I can see it getting even more use when she has friends round to play and I can also see it being a lasting toy as she gets older and likes the idea of having a secret place.
At the moment her room is too small to have it up constantly but in a way this is good as it means that the excitement factor is still there and every day she asks for Daddy to get her 'tent' out.
The teepee is priced at £180, and originally when I first looked at the website I thought it was quite pricey. However once the teepee arrived and I saw the quality of the material, the way it was made and the love and passion that had gone into the little details, I have to say that I find the price quite reasonable, especially when it comes with extras like the mat and the two cushions. I can see it being a special and favourite toy of ours for a long time to come and it will only get better as she gets older and has friends over for sleepovers etc.
Mads absolutely loves her teepee and I must admit I wished they did one in adult sizes too!
Catching Stars are very kindly giving away one pair of butterfly cushions and one pair of robot cushions to two lucky readers.
All you need to do to enter the competition is...
Like Catching Stars on facebook.
(You could also leave a comment on their page to say hello.)
Tweet 'I want to win a beautiful set of cushions from @catchingstarsuk with @mummydaddyme http://tinyurl.com/dxn8vrh'
Leave a comment below saying whether you would like the butterfly or the robot cushions and also a way of contacting you e.g twitter or email.
If you wanted to support this lovely new business you could also like them on twitter but it isn't a condition of entry.
The competition will run until the 16th April and we will draw a winner at random after this time.