Wednesday, October 12th, 2005
Review: Little Tikes tables
Tender Heart Table and Chairs Set â€“ While Mom was still pregnant, I bought this table at a garage sale. I’m a sucker for a good deal, but Mom looked over this premature purchase and gave me the ol’ stink eye. So undeserved! [Mom's rosy preg-adled hindsight has her telling a different story. She
claims the table was the first sign I was really excited about having a
When Little Miss began crawling, it was Mom who jumped to transform the table into a peek-a-boo blanket cave in the playroom.
A short time after Miss began walking, she had a her-size dinner table for her toy plates and food. At first she needed help lifting her derriere onto the chair, a task largely dependent on her height. By 14-months-of-age she mastered sitting in the chair, but cried when she would accidentally knock it over. At 16 months she merely gets flustered and then picks it up.
All-in-all, the table is nice. The legs and tabletop are thick plastic and unscrew. The chairs are one piece of molded plastic, very sturdy. But a pink table and blue chairs? Why would Little Tikes brand a table and chairs with gender stereotypes?
Easy Store Jr. Play Table â€“ Last weekend my garage sailing netted a Little Tikes picnic-style table that most closely resembles Tikes’ Easy Story Jr. table. Mine is cast in a cooler red, green and yellow, and presumably has been discontinued. All good stuff is retro, don’t ya know.
Miss loved the table at first sight. It is very similar to tables at our community play center where the toddlers sit down for a snack. She walked over to her new table, sat down, and patted her hands on the tabletop with a smile. A number of times in the few days we’ve had it, she has sat down at the table uninitiated, wanting to do something there.
So far we’ve used the table for eating snacks and attempting to draw with crayons. (I sit on the floor and draw at the edge of the table while she steals my crayons. Possessing crayons is apparently more fun than using them.)
A neat feature is that the table seats four toddlers, so it’s great piece of furniture if your kid is popular.