Thursday, February 16, 2017

Learning Tower Love


My kids love to help in the kitchen.  I don't know if this is because food is such a significant part of their lives, what with the whole One Potato thing, or if children the World over find it fun to throw flour and sugar all over the place and call it "cooking".  Unfortunately, the reality of cooking with toddlers is less Pinterest-y and more pain-in-the-ass-y, so I'm a fan of anything that keeps messes and migraines to a minimum. 

My number one tip for cooking with kids is to invest in a Learning Tower.  I know that these can initially seem like a big investment, but we use ours all of the time (read: almost daily) and it's significantly safer than having your kids stand on a regular step stool or a chair.  Take it from me, you really don't want to learn that you need a learning tower by having your kid fall off the side of a dining room chair and onto his head.  The one we have folds up, so I can easily store it in the pantry when it's not in use (a BIG plus, as our kitchen is pretty small), the height is adjustable so that I'm able to lower it as the kids get bigger, and they can easily climb in and out of it, but don't ever fall off of it.  If you follow me on Instagram (as you should), you've definitely seen our learning tower in action; in the last week alone we've made heart-shaped cookies, mini banana muffins, and at least three dinners from our One Potato Box.

So, to all of my friends who posted photos of their kids making Valentine goodies while perched on precarious step stools, I implore you to order one of these, stat.  Or, at the very least, mention to your Mother-in-Law that your kid fell off the counter while helping you cook, and follow that up with a link to your preferred learning tower, and one is sure to show up on your doorstep within the week (along with some snarky parenting advice, but hey, it's a price worth paying).

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