When Eli and his Mom and Dad were living with us, we purchased a Learning Tower by Little Partners so that Eli could reach the counters and help with whatever his Mom or Grandma were doing. It was a wonderful, well-built contraption. After Eli and his Mom and Dad moved out, we didn’t see a need to keep the Learning Tower, so we sold it.
But then I got to thinking that it would be nice to have one around the house for when the kids visit. I also thought that it would be a good idea for Eli, Emerson and Kyson to have one at their homes. After all, Moms always need a good helper who can reach the counters!
But there are two drawbacks to the Little Partners’ Learning Tower: they’re expensive and they take up a lot of room when they’re not being used.
I did a search for a DIY version of the Learning Tower and found this site: ana-white.com. Ana White had plans for a “Helping Tower”, so I downloaded the plans and made the first of three Helping Towers. The platform that the child stands on can be set to any of four different heights.
This first one is for Kyson since he’s of the age (almost 2) where he needs a little help reaching up to help Mom. The next one will be for Eli and Emerson and then I’ll make one to have at our house.
Besides the lower cost, I like the fact that this version of the helping tower can be folded flat for easy storage. And since Kyson really likes the KU Jay Hawk, I purchased some Jay Hawk stickers and applied them to the front and back of the tower.