The Learning Tower - safe step for cooking
09/02/2011 The Learning Tower - A Safe Step For Cooking
We discovered this brilliant safe step at a toy fair this year. It is designed to let children - from 18 months of age - stand safely at your kitchen worktop height.
One of the most anxiety-provoking parts of having kids learn to cook is that they usually have to stand on a step or kneel on a chair to reach the worktop effectively. Often they end up having to stretch to reach things and are not quite at the right height to handle tools properly. Most of us have had a scary moment where a child on a step leans over to one side to reach an ingredient and threatens to topple off their chair sideways.
This step fixes those problems. As you can see from the photo it has guard rails on all sides so children can lean to their hearts content with falling and stabbing themselves in the eye with their spatula! The step height is adjustable so you can make sure they are at the right height to get their arms moving properly for the job in hand.
Obviously it is quite a big piece of kit so won't be for everyone, but if you have your kids helping to cook very regularly, if you have children of different ages in the kitchen at once and want to be able to pay attention to the older ones without fear of the younger ones falling, or if you are a childminder who regularly has children of different ages and abilities reaching up to a table height to cook, paint or craft, this could be a really good solution.
I think this would also be a brilliant tool for the potting up and sowing stage of gardening.
They are made by Little Partners who have a US website shop, and in the UK you
can get them on Amazon
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