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The very best children’s play tents under £40

Section: Play
Children's play tents

Did you know that the Oxford dictionary definition for play is “things that people, especially children, do for pleasure rather than as work”? No? Us neither. Of course, the Oxford 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 it means to play.

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 or even tablets for kids to keep your little ones entertained, then we’ve found a creative way that’ll give your child space of their own and somewhere to use their toys and games. Here are the very best children's play tents under £40 that'll ignite imagination in a way you didn’t know was possible.

Where to buy children's 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 the best kids tent. PS don't forget to keep reading to find out more about what our shopping experts have selected for you.

How Mother&Baby selected the best children's play tents:

All of these fun children's play tents have been hand-selected by Mother&Baby shopping experts. Our team has spent hours investigating and researching kids’ 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 children's play tent 2021:

Best quick assemble children's play tent

Are you looking for a tent that can be your baby's fort? This foldable play tent comes complete with a tower. How magical.
Size: 40 x 27.2 x 4cm
Material: Polyester and plastic

Review: "Got this for my three-year-old grandson, and he loves it. I keep it up for him and have some of his toys inside so when he comes to visit it's there for him to play in. I recommend this for a child who loves having that place where they can go and let their imagination take them into their world."

Best large children's play tent

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

Review: "Excellent tent for kids to use their imagination and role play. My children love this and they spend a lot of time playing in it. Great buy really pleased with it."

Best ball pit children's play tent

Are 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.
Size: 90 x 90 x 100cm
Material: 100 per cent polyester cloth with steel wire frame and fibreglass poles

Review: "Lovely little pop-up tent for little ones bought for my 1-year-olds birthday and my 4-year-old loves it as well, it's bigger than I thought it would be and if you're buying balls with it id get 200+ as I bought 100 and it doesn't even cover the bottom 😂 comes with a little bag to pack away when not in use. You can also see through two of the sides, which is useful for having to have eyes in the back of your head with kids 😂😂."

Best budget children's play tent

No 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.
Size: 80 x 70 x100cm
Material: N/A

Review: "I purchased this tent as I had already got the tunnel for my son, he loved getting the tent. It’s easy to fold up and put out of the way also."

Best circus children's play tent

If 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.
Size: 120 x 100 cm
Material: 100 per cent polyester and polyurethane

Review: "When I saw this in ikea I was expecting it to be around the £50 plus it looked sturdy and good quality so I was amazed when i saw it at £12 and I snapped it up. It is sturdy and good quality, took a couple of minutes to set up and has given my granddaughter hours of fun."

Best Peppa Pig children's play tent

Whether you're going away on holiday or not this year, shouldn't stop your tot from having an adventure from your living room thanks to this pop up Peppa Pig play tent. Shaped like a campervan, kids can pack all their essentials and go to the costa del garden. 

Size: 90 x 85 x 80cm

Material: N/A

Review: "For any little Peppa fan this is great! Got it for my youngest daughters 2nd birthday and she spent pretty much all day in it and uses it most days. It is a lot bigger than I expected, which is a bonus!


Best children's cardboard rocket

Ok, so it's not technically a 'tent' per se, but it's still an amazing den for youngsters. This Children's Cardboard Eco Rocket is good on so many levels. Whether it's encouraging out of this world drawings or imaginative space play, your little family will love this. 

Size: 90 x 90 x 162cm

Material: Recycled corrugated cardboard

Review: "Inspirational play for 3 busy boys. Robust and ready for action."

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.

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  • Author: Lily Anderson Lily Anderson
  • Job Title: Senior Commercial Content Writer

Lily Anderson is a Senior Commercial Content Writer at Bauer Media, where she writes about and reviews products for titles like Mother&Baby, Heat, Closer, What’s the Best and Yours. After earning a BA (Hons) in Magazine Journalism and Feature Writing at Southampton Solent University, Lily has specialised in lifestyle and shopping content.

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