I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that kids are curious. About everything. And the kitchen is no exception. My kids have been curious about the goings-on in the kitchen for as long as they could walk and explore the cabinets. Getting kids involved in the kitchen can be difficult – and a little dangerous – if you’re not prepared. One guaranteed way to get kids helping and learning SAFELY in the kitchen is with the Learning Tower.
The Learning Tower by Little Partners is a his is a sturdy, non-tip structure that welcomes children to participate with parents, caregivers, and siblings by safely raising them to countertop height.
Learning Tower Features
- Provides safety and versatility not found with traditional step stools.
- Only step stool on the market carefully designed to meet the specific needs of young toddlers 18 mos. +.
- Constructed from highest-quality layered birch.
- Platform height adjusts quickly and easily to grow with your child from 18 months up to 6 years.
- Four-sided railings provide support while your child climbs in and prevents falling when inside the Tower.
- Wide 15″ X 18″ platform lets your child move about without slipping off a step.
- Fits flush against counters for safe access.
- Carefully finished with durable, non-toxic, lead-free finish.
- Meets safety standards for ASTM (F96-30) and Home Playground Equipment (F11-48-98C).
- Has been tested to hold up to 500 lb.
- Cleans easily with a damp cloth.
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Our Experience with the Learning Tower
I will freely admit that I’ve had my eye on the Learning Tower for years – really, since my son was nearly 2 and old enough to try to scale the cabinets to get into my cooking in the kitchen. I tried to make accommodations in our home to allow my kids to help me in the kitchen before the Learning Tower and it always ended poorly, either a fall or near-fall. A chair will help elevate a toddler to counter height, but there’s nothing to prevent a leaning kid from falling off the chair. And nothing to keep the chair from tipping over, for that matter. It can also be tempting to put a child directly on the counter, but that is just cause for pure worry. Just recently, Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani’s 2.5 year old son fell from a kitchen counter and broke his arm – mom nightmares are made of that stuff!
We have been a gleeful and much less worried family in the kitchen since we started using the Learning Tower. First, the children LOVE it. They can both stand and participate in the kitchen doing everything from helping to make cupcakes to washing dishes to making review videos. More importantly, my husband and I can get the assistance of little hands knowing they are safely grounded on the Learning Tower. The four sides of the Tower provide security on all sides and the wide base ensures no tipping. We know it’s a hit because every adult who visits and sees our kids helping in the kitchen comments on the Learning Tower and says, “We need one of those!” And, really, if your kids are preschool age, I think you do!
The Learning Tower is made of birch and requires a little assembly. My husband put it together in no time, and it is quite solid. The Learning Tower is tested up to 500 pounds, and while we haven’t tested it to that limit we have put it to the test. Both kids stand on it together quite frequently, and I’ve also stood on it to reach some very high shelves in our kitchen. The Tower is adjustable with four different heights so it can grow with your child or easily be used with different kids.
To Buy or Not to Buy
To Buy… Our family loves using the Learning Tower. It is truly a welcome addition to our kitchen, and I can barely remember how we survived without it. I know my kids are safe and secure when they’re aiding me in the kitchen – or making work on their own as an excuse to play in the kitchen sink.
Or Not to Buy… The Learning Tower is rather large – and the base extends beyond the sides so it has a large footprint in the kitchen. If your kitchen is small or limited for space you might not have the room for this.
Shop! The Learning Tower by Little Partners is available in eight colors – everything from natural wood to black to red. It is $199.99 and is sold by our affiliate Amazon. You can find the Learning Tower and other kitchen must haves in The Shopping Mama’s store.