Have you ever heard of a Toddler Tower? If you haven’t, your mind is about to be blown. When I first heard of these I thought ‘GENIUS!’ and immediately wished this was a thing over a decade ago so I could have used one with my older kids. I also knew I had to build one. And it was so much easier than I thought it would be. Thanks to Pinterest I found an amazing tutorial that inspired me, and I hope to spread the inspirational love, and that you will benefit as much as I did from having one of these amazing things in your kitchen.
We started with the IKEA Bekvam Stool which is about the cheapest furniture item they carry, and the following cuts of wood
- 1 x 4 (72 inches in our case)
- 2 x 2 (70 inches)
- 5/8″ dowel (I cut it down to 14 inches)
- box of 2 inch wood screws
And the instructions found here on Kylie’s blog, I don’t know her personally but I absolutely loved her tutorial and it worked like a breeze. I chose to use a burnt orange color by Valspar instead of the teal color she used, it just fits the theme of my kitchen better but you can see the tower here complete before I painted it
We took it out back to drill the holes in the top and cut down the dowel, then we put the little guy in it to test it out before painting it
He was ECSTATIC! Big sister and daddy both independently picked out the color we ended up using so I knew it was a winner! Back to the garage for painting
Doesn’t that look nice? We let it dry overnight and the next day the little guy and I took it for a test ‘bake’, we made cookies!
He loved ‘helping’ bake, but it turned out the area he really shines in is clean up!
And sharing, he’s pretty good at that too! Want some??
It’s a toss up between these two for which is my favorite picture, but for certain, this tower gets a lot of use in my house!!
And it definitely beats having him running around at my feet getting into cupboards, trying to eat cat food and using their water bowl as a water table! Plus of course I’m hoping he’ll develop a love of baking, we already know he has a love of eating! What devices have you made around your house to help your little one feel big? Have you made one of these, and how did it turn out? Respond in the comments below!