A tower to be closer: the learning tower or Montessori learning tower. The perfect help for the family!
It’s magical to enter nurseries designed specifically for children, with low sinks at their height that allows them to wash their dishes, and to fill their cups.
The first time I entered in a Children’s House, Montessori kindergarten, I was thrilled to see the small brooms, shovels, and drying racks for clothes… but we cannot always recreate the same environment at home. The house is a space for everyone, that is to be lived by everyone.
Nini originated from the idea of designing a Montessori inspired range of children’s furniture. With the aim of having a home styled for educating children through play, which can grow with them overtime. We started with beds, tables, chairs, but then we thought how can we help the child to be part of the cooking activities in the kitchen, a space typically designed by and for adults? Therefore, the learning tower, generally called the Montessori tower because it is inspired by her for functionality, could not be missing from our collection.
Let’s talk a little more about it, as many of you have been asking for us to create a beautiful and functional Nini’s tower, and we have designed it for you!
First of all, for those who haven’t seen it yet: what is a learning tower or a Montessori tower?
The learning tower is a stand that allows, even small, children to reach safely the height of an adult sink or a worktop. It is designed as a stool, which has 360′ protection on the side and behind their back so that the child can work standing next to the adult without fear of falling. It usually has a height of about 90 centimeters, allowing the tower to be placed close to a piece of furniture such as the kitchen counter.
What is a learning tower for or and why is it called Montessori?
The learning tower is called Montessori because it favours the autonomy of the child who can go up and down on his own experimenting with some exercises freely, such as filling a jug of water, washing a glass or cooking on a suitable surface. It increases the child’s skills through the process of imitating the adult, who at his side teaches them how to proceed in their activities without worrying that they might fall or get hurt.
The learning tower also helps parents, because it allows the child to help them and be occupied in a time when they need to have their hands free: for example taking care of the dinner without leaving the child in a situation of danger. Children will love the Montessori tower as they will feel independent, and enjoy doing tasks for themselves.
What more does it offer than a stool, a ladder or a high chair?
We asked those in our community to try it…
“I use it to cook, the children come up to the top and can cook with me. This does not work with the highchair because in most cases it does not allow the kid to work on the plane. In fact, sitting they have less mobility.
It is better than a stool because it is safer, it has no risk of overturning. I can leave them on the tower and I can go get a pot, another ingredient or take care of another task. For example, my leaf washes the salad while I work on the hob. It allowed us to make cakes, biscuits, and to spend a quality time together especially when we all had to stay at home. ”
“We use it especially in the kitchen, but children also use it to take objects from above.” Chiara told us
And Salila, the Nini tower what more does it have?
As you know, Nini always tries to design objects that respect a certain educational approach, which can also be used over time, because they encourage the reuse of objects, a key principle for promoting environmental sustainability.
Just as the bed Ninnanì becomes a bookcase and the chair Dindola becomes a rocking chair, salila also has more functions. In fact SALILA it can be divided in such a way as to create two adult seats, for two more guests, for when we will return to being all around a table together!