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Saturday 1 October 2016
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Cooking and Connecting with Children with the @LearningTower

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There are so many ways for parents to connect with their children.  You can tell by the theme of this blog, one our favorite ways to connect with our kids is through cooking.  At any given time you can find 1-4 of us gathered around the center island of our kitchen, even more when extended family members are in town, like this past holiday weekend.

I was recently contacted to  review the Learning Tower from Little Partners.  I could not have been more thrilled!  Both my children always want to help in the kitchen, and while Baby is tall enough to easily access the island, Jed usually needs to resort to a kitchen chair.  For a three year old, standing on a chair is a less than perfect option, obviously.  I found myself always needing to keep one arm on Jed for safety, while trying to prep dinner with the other.  That wasn’t necessary the minute Jed climbed in to the Learning Tower.

Jed now had a safe and secure place to stand, bringing him to the appropriate height to participate in the kitchen activity, just like his big sister.  The Learning Tower is constructed from highest-quality layered birch, and has a movable standing platform (15″ X 18″) that adjusts smoothly to four positions.  This tower will easily to grow with your own child from 18 months up to 6 years, has ample space for 2 kids, and a weight capacity of 500 pounds.

I’m happy the Learning Tower has four-sided railings to provide stable support while Jed climbs in and out.  I don’t have to worry about Jed falling or tipping over when he is inside the Tower either.  It fits flush against counters for safe access, and it’s carefully finished with durable, non-toxic, lead-free finish, and available in 9 different colors to ensure you can match the Learning Tower to your kitchen scheme.

Now, I won’t kid you, the tower is rather large (23×32.25×38 inches and 35-pounds).  It doesn’t fold to slide into a slim space, but for us, it didn’t need to be put away.  Jed was in it every time he was in the kitchen.  He has even chosen to sometimes stand in the tower at the island to eat his dinner versus sitting at the table.  If he was older, I may argue that he needs to sit at the table for dinner, but given his eating habits lately, I am just happy he ate his dinner.

Whether Jed uses his tower to help make cookies, assemble his own cheese quesadilla, or make any of the fun recipes in the FREE Summer Recipe Booklet Little Partners is sharing on their site, I know he will be now be safer while working with me in the kitchen.  And when we are done using the tower in the kitchen, we can move it to the playroom.  Little Partners also offers an art easel to add on to the tower to inspire creativity during playtime.  I know the Learning Tower will be put to good use in our home for a long time to come.

What other ways have you found to stay connected with your children?

Interested in more information on the Learning Tower? 
Check out the Learning Tower Facebook Page or their FAQs HERE.

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Disclosure – I was provided a sample Learning Tower to use in my home and review.  I received no other compensation from Little Partners and all opinions are honest and mine alone.