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Ages and Stages

Bonding at any Stage

This age guide will help you see how the learning tower is used as your child grows.

The Little Partners Learning Tower is a tool that can serve your child for years, helping with everything from parental bonding to increasing self-esteem and knowledge through participation and practice. Although, the Learning Tower's main purpose is to bring young toddlers to countertop height in the kitchen, its potential uses extend far beyond the kitchen. In fact, the more ways you can use it, the better. This section explores the stages children go through as they develop and how the Learning Tower can enhance the educational experience at every stage.

18 months - 2 years

At this age, children are just discovering their creative abilities. Their interest in art is focused on the sensory exploration of art materials, such as paint and clay. They make an important developmental leap during this stage by beginning to pretend during play, often by imitating adult movements.

Use your Learning Tower during this stage to:

  • Challenge your child’s gross motor skills. Children this age love to climb. Help your child climb in and out of their learning tower.
  • Help your child learn about food by letting them watch mom or dad prepare meals. Food is one of their favorite topics at this age.
  • Wash and dry hands with a bit of help from an adult. Children will enjoy their new independence.

2 - 3 years

Two-year-olds enjoy using their senses and motor skills to explore and are intensely curious about unfamiliar objects and activities. They try to imitate adult activities and pretend more during play, using familiar objects and situations to process their daily experiences. Children at this stage should be given more independence, and parents and caregivers can help build their self-esteem by allowing and encouraging independent accomplishments.

Use your Learning Tower during this stage to:

  • Let your child wash and dry their hands on their own
  • Let them brush their own teeth
  • Let them help wash dishes
  • Let them help prepare food - if you make them part of the process, they are more likely to eat what they make.
    • Banana Slicing
    • Spreading Jam or Butter on toast or crackers
    • Washing fruit
  • Stimulate imagination and encourage creativity by introducing the playhouse kit or toy tower during play time

3 - 5 years

Three and four-year-olds learn primarily through exploring with all the senses. They tend to persist in completing more difficult challenges and think more creatively and methodically when solving problems. Pretend play becomes more complex and imaginative, and can be sustained for longer periods. They crave new experiences, are more self-reliant and seek to expand their sphere of independence. Hands-on exploration helps them to separate reality from fantasy.

Use your Learning Tower during this stage to:

  • Encourage your child to practice drawing and writing letters on the art easel
  • Let them scoop/pour their own cereal
  • Let them use a whisk to make bubbles in a sink of water
  • Let them bathe their babydolls/action figures in the sink
  • Let them make homemade playdough
  • Let them help roll out and cut cookie dough
  • Let them help mix ingredients in a bowl

5+ years

Five-year-olds are creative and enthusiastic problem solvers. They offer progressively more imaginative ideas for how to accomplish tasks, make things or solve longer-term or more abstract challenges. As they participate in a variety of new experiences, five-year-olds ask more analytical questions and weigh their choices. They also become more social as they learn new things and prefer activities that involve other children.

Use your Learning Tower during this stage to:

  • Let them perform a magic show with a friend for the family
  • Let them play "school" with the chalk & dry erase board on the art easel
  • Help them create a potato stamp to make their own gift wrap
  • Let them help make a homemade pizza
  • Help your child follow directions by teaching them to read a cookbook for kids