Do I need a Learning Tower for my toddler? Feature by My Happy Helpers

The toddler learning tower has become increasingly popular with families however, wondering whether you need one for your family could get overwhelming, especially if you are not sure what is best! So, here is a brief rundown on the benefits and factors on why you might need a Learning tower.

What exactly is a learning tower?

A learning tower is exactly what it says in the name: it is a structure designed for educational learning and play, inspired by Montessori values to inspire kids to learn and grow

Learning towers offer children the opportunity to “water and feed themselves” assist in meal preparation and cooking, help to wash dishes, observe and supervise  grown ups, paint, play and more.

Learning towers support children’s independence skills as they explore the world around them, and see things at different heights. They foster confidence in acquiring new skills and support the development of hand eye coordination and physical skills like balance and climbing.

When children feel a sense of control in their environment it supports them to feel a sense of calm. When children are not in control, it can cause feelings such as frustration and anger.

Do I need a learning tower?

One of the big things we want to stop in its tracks is letting our little ones slip into a sedentary routine of too much screen time or not being active enough. A learning tower is a perfect aid to get little ones involved in family life as they explore and learn more about the world around them. A learning tower also provides protection against bumps and falling down, allowing your child to enjoy becoming more independent. They will love this boost of confidence and be more motivated to try out new things in life, such as trying out a slide or climbing on the jungle gym at home or playschool

When should my toddler start using a learning tower?

At around 18 months, your toddler should be ready for their learning tower and they would comfortably be able to use this wonderful aid up to around age 6.

Always opt for a reputable provider when purchasing a learning tower to ensure this furniture piece is made to the highest standards and will not wobble or break easily.

We definitely recommend having a look at our varied range of learning towers. We have a wide range of options to choose from – even a build designed for two!

If you need more information or guidance on learning towers and their benefits, we are always ready to assist – contact us today.if you are keen to purchase a learning tower but not more details on the different options.

Kitchen Tower Activities

  • Helping you make a cake or muffins by putting the ingredients into the bowl and mixing it up. And maybe spoon it into the muffin tin.
  • Preparing lunch by helping make sandwiches or a salad.
  • Helping to wash vegetables and fruit in the kitchen sink and hand them to you for cutting and preparing.
  • Washing dishes in the sink.
  • Using a plastic cookie cutter to cut out biscuits shapes and put them on a tray.
  • Let your child watch while you prepare dinner, so they see what happens and understand a little about how their dinner gets made and served up.

Bathroom Activities Using the Learning Tower

  • Brushing teeth.
  • Brushing their hair.
  • Washing hands.
  • Watching Dad shave or Mum put makeup on.
  • Playing in the bathroom sink with some water and plastic toys.
  • Using the tap and watching the water go down the plughole.

    Learning Tower Play Activities

    • Doing simple puzzles at the kitchen table or bench.
    • Playdough fun.
    • Sorting objects into sizes, shapes or colours.
    • Kinder-style craft activities.
    • Looking at books.

    Activities Using the Learning Tower Outside

    • Painting and drawing when the fun can get a bit messy.
    • Helping with gardening like potting up flowers, planting seeds or cuttings.
    • Play is central to your child’s learning and development. When your child plays, it gives them many different ways and times to learn.

      Play using a toddler learning tower helps:

      • build confidence
      • feel loved, happy and safe
      • understand more about how the world works
      • develop social skills, language and communication
      • learn about caring for others and the environment
      • develop physical skills.As your child grows, their attention span and physical skills develop and the way they play will change. Your child will get more creative and experiment more with toys, games and ideas. This might mean they need more space and time to play.

        Also, children move through different forms of play as they grow. This includes playing alone, playing alongside other children and playing interactively with other children

      Toddlers: play ideas to encourage development

      Here are some ideas your toddler might enjoy:

      • Large and light things like cardboard boxes, buckets or blow-up balls can encourage your child to run, build, push or drag.
      • Chalk, rope, music or containers can encourage jumping, kicking, stomping, stepping and running.
      • Hoops, boxes, large rocks or pillows are good for climbing on, balancing, twisting, swaying or rolling.
      • Dress-up games with scarves, hats and so on are good for imagination and creativity.
      • Hills, tunnels or nooks can encourage physical activities like crawling, climbing and exploring.

      If you put on some favourite music while your toddler plays, they can also try out different sounds and rhythms. You might also like to sing, dance and clap along to music with your child.

      Preschoolers: play ideas to encourage development

      Here are some ideas to get your preschooler’s mind and body going:

      • Old milk containers, wooden spoons, empty pot plant containers, sticks, scrunched-up paper, plastic buckets, saucepans and old clothes are great for imaginative, unstructured play.
      • Simple jigsaw puzzles and matching games like animal dominoes can improve your child’s memory and concentration.
      • Playdough and clay help your child develop fine motor skills.
      • Favourite music or pots and pans are great for dancing or making music.
      • Balls can encourage kicking, throwing or rolling.

To learn more about the importance of toddler play look here