Help from kids in the kitchen has so many benefits: it includes the whole family in meal prep, teaches useful skills, develops early interests in food and healthy eating, and eases the stress of keeping little ones entertained while you work (the work is the entertainment!). While the ol' kitchen-chair-turned-backward setup worked just fine for me in the '70s, today there are a slew of helpful platforms specially made to bring small children to kitchen counter height:
- 1 The Learning Tower, $199 from Little Helpers: an enclosed tower that transforms into an easel or playhouse when children are older.
- 2 Kitchen Helper, $179.95 from Guidecraft: an enclosed tower with shaped cutouts, chalkboard, and marker board. Also foldable.
- 3 Step-Up Kitchen Helper, $149.95 from Guidecraft: a simple open-backed tower.
- 4 Luca & Company FunPod, $190 from Amazon: a fully-enclosed, solid-walled tower.
- 5 One Step Ahead Kids Kitchen Helper, $149.95 from Amazon: an enclosed, foldable tower.
- 6 High Rise Step-Up, $132 from Guidecraft: an open step with rails and colorful non-slip treads.
- 7 Whitney Brothers Step-Up Stool, $116.88 from School Outfitters: a high-backed step stool with handle and non-slip treads.
- 8 JontiCraft Up-n-Down Steps, $150.85 from School Outlet: a step stool with side rails.
- 9 Little Helper Tower plans, Ana White's DIY, foldable version of some of the enclosed learning towers.
- 10 Learning Tower, $150 from Modern Woodworker on Etsy: a pine tower, hinged to fold flat.
Do you have a favorite kitchen stool or platform for your little one?