Teach your kids to make an Easy Tent. You don't even need an expensive tent if you're just going out for a night in fair weather. This easy shelter will keep off a light rain, but if it begins pouring, you'll want to go in a heavier tent or in the family car!
How to Make an Easy Tent
What You'll Need:
- Tarp, Large Sheet of Plastic, or Old Shower Curtain
- Narrow Rope or Clothesline
- Tent Stakes
- Four Small Rocks
- Heavy Twine
- Heavy Safe Scissors
Step One: Stretch a rope between two trees, posts, or any other stationary objects. The rope should be about three or four feet off the ground -- lower, if you have a smaller tarp.
Step Two: Drape the tarp over the rope so that it hangs evenly on both sides. If the tarp has metal grommets in the corners, stretch the corners out and hold them down with tent stakes. (If you are using a sheet of plastic or an old shower curtain, wrap each corner over a small rock and tie with twine.)
Step Three: Leave enough twine to tie to a tent stake. If you just poke the stake through the plastic, it will tear.
Step Four: Make sure the sides of your tent are as tight as you can make them so they won't flap in the wind. If possible, face the tent so the wind strikes the side instead of blowing through.
Step Five: Now, prepare your bed. Put down a foam camping mat to sleep on. (Several layers of thick blankets will work, too.) Air mattresses are cushiony but cold to sleep on. If you use an air mattress, cover it with a foam pad or heavy blankets.
The trick to staying warm at night is to have something warm between you and the ground, since the cold ground draws heat away from your body.
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