When Hannah first started activities such as drawing, we sat her in her high chair.
This worked well. She was safe, contained and focused entirely on learning how the crayons worked and what they did. The occasional crayon would be thrown over the side, and we would have to retrieve them. Also, Emma or I would be responsible for switching over crayons every now and then, because there were too many to all fit on the small high chair tabletop.
But (funnily enough) Hannah has grown. She is now able to sit upright on regular chairs and she craves control of her play. She can quickly become agitated when placed in the high chair for activities such as drawing, if that isn’t what she feels like doing.
Our solution to this problem was to buy a little table for Hannah.
Even though we live in a small townhouse with limited amounts of space, we felt that it was important to make an area in which Hannah could engage in creative play. The little table that Emma found was perfect for this. It really doesn’t take up a lot of space, yet it provides Hannah with plenty of surface area for creative play.
The tiny chairs are adorable, and great for Hannah to learn how to safely climb in and out of chairs, and how to sit properly. When sitting on a chair at the table, she is at a great height for drawing and playing.
This particular table only cost $29, which seemed like pretty good value. It’s made out of wood, rather than plastic, which gives it a sturdy feel.
The construction was a straightforward process – simply a matter of screwing the correct legs into the correct holes. Even Hannah was able to help out, much to her delight! In no time at all, we had a little table and two little chairs.
Hannah was impressed with her table from the start. She walked around it for a while, then, with our help, she sat on the chair. Emma brought over some home-made play dough – another ‘first’ for Hannah, and she sat for quite a while as she played.
One thing that we do need to be careful of is Hannah’s insatiable appetite for climbing. Hannah has already started dragging the chair around and using it to climb on. This could get quite dangerous on our hard tiled floor.
Overall I think this little table has been a pretty good addition. I dislike clutter, so I’m not a big fan of adding furniture unless it serves a purpose, and this table does that. It gives Hannah a place to play in a different way, particularly when it comes to creative play. I’m pretty sure it will be well used.