Toddlers are inquisitive beings, always wanting to be a part of whatever’s going on, especially if it’s happening out of reach – that’s where a learning tower comes in handy.
Learning towers, sometimes known as kitchen helpers, take their inspiration from Montessori learning and give little kids a safe way to get involved in everyday tasks and learn to become more independent. They are set at bench height, so kids can ‘help’ do the dishes or watch dinner being prepped and cooked while staying out of harm’s way.
Instead of pulling a wobbly chair up to the kitchen bench, invest in a safe and sturdy learning tower.
What to consider when buying a learning tower
Here are some of the factors to consider when you’re looking to buy a learning tower for your tot:
Type: While they all look different, they are all crafted with a similar structure – a section to stand on and a section with a rail to keep toddlers safe and steady. Some are foldable, others have step sections that fold away. There are also height-adjustable options that grow as your child does.
Weight limit: Most have quite a large weight limited (up to around 100kg) but it’s always worth checking.
Safety: There are no mandatory safety standards in Australia, but some Australian-based manufacturers adhere to voluntary standards, so check their product description.
7 sturdy learning towers for kids
To help you find the right kitchen helper for your independent tot, we’ve compiled a handy list of options available right here in Australia.
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Here are seven learning towers for busy kids:
In a choice of MDF, bamboo or plywood, these Melbourne-made Toddler Chef Stools are recommended for little ones aged 1 – 6 years. All designs are height adjustable to four settings and hold up to 80kgs. Choose from single, tandem and twin sets.
My Little Giggles
This clever range of lightweight helpers has been thoughtfully created to help little ones get involved in everyday tasks. Both the classic tower and interlocking V2 model are available in natural or white finishes and come with a rear safety rail for extra peace of mind.
My Happy Helpers
This colourful range of learning towers is great for compact spaces. Each boasts a silky-smooth finish, sleek arches and can be used from age one. Choose from the affordable FISSO, the height-adjustable EVO, or convertible TAVOLO. Double models are also available.
Equipped with a removable chalkboard panel, this versatile unit can be enjoyed as a safe learning tower and as a first easel – complete with a recessed chalk holder. In a choice of natural or white, it’s suitable for creative little beings as young as 18 months.
Little Big Learning
Australian-made, these slimline learning towers fit seamlessly into contemporary living. Available in a choice of white MDF or raw birchwood, they come with a removable chalkboard panel for extra safety and creativity. A tree is planted for every purchase.
The Oscar Learning Tower is specially created to encourage tots to be independent and involved around the house. Easy to assemble, it has a clean minimalist design and it’s tough enough to stand up to everything the kids throw at it.
Feeling handy? Have a go at crafting your own learning tower with these DIY plans. Using around $30 worth of materials and basic tools you could whip up your very own learning tower in a few hours (well maybe!).
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