I’ve always loved having my kids work together with me in the kitchen, and I’ve been looking forward to having grandkids work with me in the kitchen, too. So the Learning Tower was on my list of best Montessori-friendly products for toddlers. And after all the good things I’ve read about the Learning Tower, it was something I planned to get for my house. I was thrilled when I was given the chance to review a Learning Tower!
Disclosure: I received a Little Partners Learning Tower to facilitate my review. I was not required to write a positive review. My opinions are honest and my own. This post also contains some affiliate links (at no cost to you).
About the Learning Tower by Little Partners
- The Learning Tower is a super-safe “step stool” manufactured by Little Partners. It is designed for ages 18 months to 6 years.
- It’s constructed from the highest-quality layered birch. (The Learning Tower has a beautiful finish and feel. It’s obvious that it’s a very high-quality product. The beauty of it fits well with the Montessori philosophy of having the child’s environment as attractive as possible.)
- The platform height easily adjusts to grow with children from 18 months to 6 years.
- The platform is wide enough that one child can move around, and two children can use the Learning Tower at one time.
- Four-sided railings prevent falls.
- It fits flush against counters.
- It has a non-toxic finish.
- It has been tested to hold up to 500 lbs.
- The Learning Tower is available in natural wood, dark cherry, ebony, soft white, red, and apple green
The Learning Tower also has some very cool attachments that can be purchased, such as a one-piece slipcover that includes a puppet theatre and popcorn stand.
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My Experience with the Learning Tower
I requested the dark cherry Learning Tower because it fits well with my kitchen cabinets and dining room table. I was very happy with the perfect match. My granddaughter, Zoey, is just one year old, so she isn’t technically at the minimum age for the Learning Tower. Because Zoey started to walk at 9 months, she’s very steady on her feet. I decided to let her use the Learning Tower if I’m right beside her. The Learning Tower is VERY stable, so I didn’t worry that Zoey would tip over or fall off the Learning Tower … and she didn’t have any difficulty with it. I can’t imagine a safer “step stool.”
First, I showed Zoey how to prepare her afternoon snack. Chea, Zoey’s mom, sends her snack and dinner with her, so I just have to heat up her food. In the photo, Zoey is helping transfer her tofu from the storage container to her bowl. Zoey loved being able to work at the kitchen counter! I look forward to lots of fun food preparation activities using the Learning Tower in the future!
The next day, I let Zoey use the Learning Tower to wash her hands in the bathroom sink. I would normally use the Learning Tower at the kitchen sink, but I wanted Zoey to have fun looking in the bathroom mirror as well.
It was so much fun to see the joy in Zoey’s face as she was able to wash her hands independently … truly a Montessori moment! 🙂 Even though the Learning Tower isn’t inexpensive at $199.99, I consider it well worth the price. Because of the safety factor and the large amount of use the Learning Tower can get in most families, I highly recommend the Learning Tower.
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