7 of the very best kids’ play tents under £20

From kids’ tepees to kids’ pop up tents, these are the only dens your child needs.

Kids play tent

by Lily Anderson |
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Did you know that the Oxford English Dictionary definition for play is “things that people, especially children, do for pleasure rather than as work?” No? Us neither. Of course, the dictionary wouldn’t be able to determine what this means to your family. But that’s the point. You get to define and teach your little one what play is.

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Imaginative play benefits cover a whole host of development skills like problem-solving, social and language skills – just to name a few. If you’ve exhausted the likes of cot mobiles to keep your toddler entertained, then we’ve found a creative way that’ll give your child space of their own, as well as being somewhere to use their toys and games. Here are 7 of the very best kids’ play tents under £20 that will ignite imagination you didn’t know was possible.

Round up of the best kids' play tents:

Only stopping by for a quick visit? Here are quick links to our favourite children's play tents so that you can start shopping straight away.

Tech Traders ® Pop-up Children Kids Baby Play Tent

GIM Kids Pop-up Play Tent

BelleStyle Kids Play Tent

Chad Valley Red Pop-up Play Tent

deAO Red CastlePlay Tent

deAO Police Truck Foldable Play Tent

CIRKUSTÄLT Children's tent

Where to buy kids' play tents:

Are you looking for retailers that offer incredible play tents for your little boy or girl? Here are some of the best places to buy a children's tent. PS don't forget to keep reading to find out more about what our shopping experts have selected for you.


John Lewis & Partners


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How What's The Best selected the best kids' play tents:

All of these fun children's play tents have been hand-selected by What's The Best shopping experts. Our team has spent hours investigating and researching kid's play tents, so you can choose the best one. Plus, we'd never recommend a product we don't believe in. Find out why you should trust us here.


The best kids' play tents

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Tech Traders ® Pop-up Children Play Tent

Ball pit in the makingAre you looking for a play tent that your child can turn into their own activity centre? This budget-friendly play tent is everything you and your little one could want and more. Specifications:Size: 90 x 90 x 100cmMaterial: 100% polyester cloth with steel wire frame and fibreglass poles

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GIM Kids Pop-up Play Tent

Car pop-up toy for toddlersLittle ones love to copy their parents, right? It's how they learn new things (even some naughty words we don't want them too). With this fun kid's pop up play car, they can drive just like mum or dad. Specifications:Size: 40 x 40 x 3cmMaterial: Polyester

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BelleStyle Kids Play Tent

A play tent fit for a princessWhether this beautiful children's tent is for the garden, playroom, lounge or even the nursery, your kids will have hours of fun with it. Plus, we love that it's easy to clean, so it doesn't matter if food, art and craft supplies or anything else spills on it. Specifications:Size: 37 x 37 x 8.8cmMaterial: Nylon

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Chad Valley Red Pop-up Play Tent

Colourful little play tentNo introduction needed for Chad Valley, since the early 19th century, they've created toys that inspire and are adored by little ones - this tent is no exception. Specifications:Size: 80 x 70 x100cmMaterial: N/A

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deAO Red CastlePlay Tent

For little Kings and Queens of the castleAre you looking for a tent that can be your baby's fort? This foldable play tent comes complete with a tower. How magical. Specifications:Size: 40 x 27.2 x 4cmMaterial: Polyester and plastic

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deAO Police Truck Foldable Play Tent

Foldable police truckNee-naw, nee-naw! Encourage your children to have a space of their very own thanks to this police truck tent. Who knows, maybe this might ignite a love for helping others in the future. Specifications:Size: 112 x 70 x 70cmMaterial: Polyester and plastic

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CIRKUSTÄLT Children's tent

Study and fun kid's tentIf you're after a children's tent that matches your nursery's fun circus theme, then Ikea has got it spot on with this big top.Specifications:Size: 120 x 100 cmMaterial: 100% polyester and polyurethane

The verdict: the best kids' play tents

Drum roll, please! After careful consideration, making it to the top spot of the best kids' play tent is Tech Traders ® Pop-up Children's Play Tent. Not only do the hundreds of good reviews set this kid's pop-up tent apart from the rest, but it also boasts incredible features like having plenty of space for your child to move around in and the ability to assemble the tent effortlessly.

Although not quite making it to our top spot, all of these children's tents are worthy contenders. Here are why the rest of these kids' play tents made it on to our best list.

Best play tent for boys: GIM Kids Pop Up Play Tent

Best play tent for girls: BelleStyle Kids Play Tent

Best budget kids' play tent: Chad Valley Red Pop Up Play Tent

Best quick assemble play tent: deAO Red CastlePlay Tent

Best large kids' play tent: deAO Police Truck Foldable Play Tent

Best value kids' play tent: CIRKUSTÄLT Children's tent

Lily Anderson is a writer at Bauer Media, where she tests products for titles such as Heat, Closer, What’s the Best and Mother&Baby.

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