Once you move past the cribs, high chairs and bouncy seats, it’s time for child-sized furniture to invade your home.
After a lot of play dates, and living with children of my own for nearly seven years, I’ve come up with three tables every kid “needs.” I put needs in quotation marks since that’s somewhat subjective. I mean really, kids need food and shelter, they don’t actually need specific furniture. Except that children sit more nicely in chairs that fit their body, it’s nice not to have the table where you eat coated in glitter glue, and booster seats don’t always attach well onto patio furniture. So there you go.
A Basic Table and Chairs Set
The table can be any shape, and can fit two or four chairs, it really doesn’t matter. What matters is that the table fits your young child, and it is “her” space. It comes in handy for meals with siblings or friends, it comes in handy for craft projects, it comes in handy for a lot of things.
An Activity Table
“Train” tables are not just for trains. Sure train tracks will fit on these low tables, and they usually have handy drawers for storing pieces, but don’t limit it to trains. An activity table comes in handy for regular blocks, Little People pieces like the doll house and barn, and so many other things. Kids like to move around while they play, and they will wear a track in the carpet around the activity table.
A Picnic Table
Eating lunch outside with kids is fantastic for many reasons. There’s no floor to sweep, the hose is handy for clean up, and who doesn’t like to eat outside? A child-sized picnic table is easier than sitting on the ground (things tend to spill on an unflat surface), and pretty much anything you can do inside on a table, you can do outside on a table.
So there you have it. Once your child is walking, tables her size are good investments. She’ll play, she’ll eat, and she’ll learn, all on her level. At my house, we have a kid-sized table for activities, and a picnic table for outside. We don’t really have room for an activity table, but our coffee table works just fine.
What kind of furniture do your kids use? What did you have as a kid?