This is 5 Awesome Reasons to Make a Kids Kitchen Step Stool Plus Plans. In this post, I’ll show you why it’s awesome to give your kids access to the kitchen with a really fun woodworking project, and I’ll also show you the plans for mine. Enjoy.
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Kids Kitchen Step Stool
A kids kitchen stepstool is a really fun project, and it lets you do a lot of things with your kids that would otherwise be super difficult. It’s an easy build, and it’s also not very expensive to make.
There are lots of different plans online for kids stepstools, and after looking at a lot of them, I developed my own set of plans and step-by-step instructions. You can see them here at how to make a kitchen helper learning tower.
This is one of the easiest sets of instructions that you can find on the Internet, and it’s also inexpensive to build. The project is super simple, and all of the good features are included without any of the unnecessary ones.
This is the exact same kitchen helper that I have in my home, and it’s been a real pleasure giving the kids access to the kitchen and to the workbench when I’m out in the shop.
Spend More Time With the Kids
The first reason to make a stepstool for your kids for the kitchen is that it allows you to spend more time with them. Kids are a lot of fun, but sometimes their height makes it difficult to do things together.
If you can solve the height issue, then it opens up a whole other world of working together and doing things together. This makes parenting even more fun, because now you get to include your kids with some of the things that they used to be stuck away from.
Most activities that you do in the kitchen do require parental supervision, however there are always some smaller tasks that you can delegate to the younger kids. That will make them happy, and that also means you get to spend more time together.
Give Your Kids Independence
Another nice thing that a learning tower does for your kids as it gives them some independence. Your kids are probably smarter than you think, and if they were a little taller, they probably be a lot more self-sufficient.
Once you show them how to use their stepstool, they will pretty quickly connect the dots and use it to help themselves do all kinds of things. This includes getting things off of high shelves, grabbing their own plates and cups, and other things that they need.
They will associate their kitchen stool with a little bit of freedom, instead of asking you for things, they will start just sliding the stool over to where it needs to be so they can get what are after. This is good, and it helps teach them to be independent.
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Safer Than Standing on a Chair
If you don’t use the kitchen helper, then you can do what a lot of people do, which is have their kids stand on a chair. I’m not a big fan of this, because one step backward and your child falls off the chair and onto the floor.
Most kitchen floors are either hardwood or tile, so that means the fall is going to be a lot more dangerous than landing on carpet. On top of that, it’s going to be a backward fall in most cases, which is the most dangerous type when it comes to head injuries.
What chairs lack is the safety gate or corral feature that’s on the kitchen helper learning tower. It’s essentially like a safety cage for a worker that does repairs high up in the air. If the child leans back, they make contact with the rails instead of falling on the ground.
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It Grows With Your Children
Another awesome future once you have this kind of stool in your home is that it can grow with your children. My design especially allows you to move the second step up and down. That’s huge, because your child may take several years before they outgrow it.
Other stools only have one position. This means younger kids have a harder time using it because it’s not quite tall enough, and older kids have a hard time using it because it’s too tall for them.
Instead, an adjustable model can be raised up taller for a younger child and they will be perfectly placed to work at the counter. Then, as they get a little older, keep dropping that step down one notch at a time until they’re finally old enough just to stand on the ground with you.
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Make It Yourself and Its Inexpensive
Finally, instead of buying one of these things from a major retailer, and spending way more than you should, just make it yourself. After all, even a beginning woodworker with a few tools can make one of these and be very proud of it in the end.
If you buy the wood that I recommend in the tutorial, the only thing you really have to do is cut it to length. This means even a simple hand saw will do the job. It will go a little faster with a power saw, but it’s not necessary.
This is a fantastic project, you can build a lot of skills for a beginning woodworker, but it’s also not beyond the scope of the beginner. You can make something that you’re really proud of, and it will also help you spend more time with your children.
With that kind of happiness coming from your project, it’ll make you smile every single time you look at it, and every time you see the kids climb into it.
Your Action Assignment
Now that you know all of these different reasons why making a kids kitchen stepstool is an awesome project, it’s time to get out into your shop and take action. Follow my set of plans, and you will be super happy with your results.
Just a couple tips before you leave, make sure after you put everything together that you sand it really well. Take your time, and find every edge, every corner, and every rough spot. The very last thing you want is to have a little kid scratch themselves.
Also, you don’t even really need much of a finish on this piece at all. You can do a simple hand applied oil, or you can even do some light spraying of lacquer. Again, nothing super challenging, because this thing is going to get a lot of use anyway.
If you have any questions on making your own step stool for the kids to give them more access to the kitchen and your workbench, please post a question and I’ll be glad to answer them. Happy building.
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