Build a teepee, the garden obelisk

A garden obelisk is made from posts evenly spaced apart on end in a circle on the ground and then the top ends are pointed to the center of the circle where they are tied to create a pyramid shape. The kids will recognize it as a teepee. The garden obelisk can be used to train flowering vines like clematis or climbing vegetables like cucumber, beans or peas.

You can buy a kit to create an obelisk or build your own from bamboo poles, lashing cord and stakes to secure the poles.  For added whimsy, space two of the poles apart to create an entrance.  Place pavers in front of the entrance. The kids will like being able to crawl or step inside.