Sometimes we may find our little ones frustrated that they’re not big enough to do or see certain things. Can you think of a time when you were trying to cook dinner and your toddler is pulling at your shirt, asking to see what you’re doing, which then turns into a meltdown? It’s hard being small in a big, big world, but thanks to the invention of learning towers, your child can now do things that involve needing to be taller. But how do learning towers benefit young children?
1. YOU SPEND MORE QUALITY TIME TOGETHER.
Mundane household chores such as preparing dinner, washing dishes, folding launch, can turn into quality time with your little one with the help of a learning tower. There are lots of ways to involve our kids around the home.
Toddlers get so intrigued by what we’re doing around the home that they would drop everything and run to us when they see you peeling a potato. While being in the learning tower, the toddler can safely reach the kitchen sink and you can ask them to wash the potatoes. And while you prep some other dinner food items, they can season the potatoes with salt and pepper.
It’s really a win-win situation. Dinner is ready and you did it all while spending some quality, fun time with your child.
2. DEVELOPS AN ADVENTUROUS EATER.
A learning tower allows your child to be with you in the kitchen, helping with meal preparations. Repeated exposure and sensory learning are some of the best strategies known to increase the intake of unfamiliar food items. So the more your toddler gets the chance to see, touch, and explore the ingredients you’re using for dinner, the better the chances that they’ll be more keen to try what’s on their place. I often catch my toddler munching on some romaine lettuce while helping me wash it.
3. FOSTERS INDEPENDENCE.
A learning tower is a tool that allows children to do things in the kitchen and home that they normally wouldn’t be able to do until they are much older, such as such as getting their own snack, washing their hands on their own, or helping to prepare meals.
From the time my son was about 16 months, he has been able to not only climb in and stand in the learning tower, but to also push it around the kitchen to get where he needs to be.
4. LETS THEM PRACTICE THEIR FINE AND GROSS MOTOR SKILLS.
Climbing up and down the learning tower is good gross motor practice. Once your child can reach the counter, there are also plenty of opportunities for fine motor work. Stirring ingredients, peeling oranges, cutting bananas, or tearing herbs, are just a few of the kitchen tasks that allow children to develop their fine motor and hand-eye coordination skills.
5. IT MAKES COOKING A LOT LESS STRESSFUL AND EASIER FOR YOU.
Yep, my learning tower definitely makes my job easier, and saves me from back pain. Even if I’m not actively involving him in what I’m doing, my toddler loves to just stand in his tower to watch me, or give his toy trucks a “bath” in the kitchen sink.
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