Learning Tower for Toddler

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Project by SimonSKL posted 09-14-2011 02:17 AM 6722 views 7 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Its hard to believe my grand-daughter is 20 months old this week. It seems it wasn’t long ago that she was just born. When my wife and I visited my son 2 weeks ago, my daughter-in-law asked me if I could build a learning tower for my grand-daughter. I have never heard of a learning tower before. She gave me a plan of one that she found on the internet. It looks like a high chair with no seat and is supposed to bring a toddler up to the counter level so she/he can participate in activities at the kitchen counter safely. It doesn’t seem difficult to build and it took me one day of construction and one day of spray-painting it.

My grand-daughter came visited us this past weekend and I happened to finish construction of the learning tower. You can see she is having a great time in it before I have a chance to paint it. The tower is made of solid aspen with a plywood platform which is adjustable to different heights, and spray-painted white.

BTW, this learning tower is also called kitchen helper which is foldable. I decided to make it non-foldable so it is more sturdy and safe. Thanks for looking!

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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#1 posted 09-14-2011 02:52 PM

A device that allows you child access to you your Apple Touch Pad and everything else that you put up and out of their way…......hmmmmmmmm let me rethink that one.
Actually I wish I would have thought of this project when my kids were younger. We would just pull up an unsafe chair or plop them on the counter. Not nearly as safe as this looks and definately not as convenient in allowing access for the child to participate. My youngest was such a dare-devil at that age, she would have wanted wheels on hers.
Job well done. I bet she can scoot up and down that thing with ease.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 09-14-2011 03:16 PM

You definitely have a very cute excuse for a lot of woodworking projects there, and the learning tower is also
nice looking. Looks like you may have to build a second one for your house to give the grand daughter one
more excuse to come visit. I like the idea as well as your build on it, may have to make one or two for the
great grandkids, a little late for most of the grandkids. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#3 posted 09-14-2011 03:35 PM

I actually built one for my toddler last year (and of course posted it on lumberjocks). She loves it. This project is definitely time well spent.

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#4 posted 09-14-2011 03:52 PM

Mike, even though she is only 20 month old, she has been playing with my iPad for many months. She knows how to turn it on and find the apps that she likes. Everytime she comes to visit us, one of the first things she would ask for is my iPad:) She is gentle with it but I still have to watch her closely in case she deletes some of my apps accidentally.

Bluepine, I was thinking about building a second one for my house but it will just take up space for their infrequent visits.

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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