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Help from kids in the kitchen has so many benefits: It includes the whole family in meal prep, teaches useful skills, develops early interests in food and healthy eating, and eases the stress of keeping little ones entertained while you work (the work is the entertainment!).

While the ol’ kitchen-chair-turned-backward setup worked just fine for me in the ’70s, today there are a slew of helpful platforms specially made to bring small children to kitchen counter height. And don’t worry — they’re as cute as they are safe.

1. Little Partners Learning Tower, $199.99

This enclosed tower can be transformed into an easel or playhouse when children are older. And it comes in a few colors.

2. Montessori Kitchen Helper Tower, from $130 at Etsy

This tower’s steps are all adjustable, so it’s suited for a range of ages and heights. It also has an attached blackboard, so it can be used as a drawing board, too!

3. Guidecraft Kitchen Helper, $169.95

Loaded with extras — like a chalkboard, marker board, and shaped cutouts — this enclosed tower has three adjustable heights and is foldable for easy storage.

4. Guidecraft Step-Up Kitchen Helper, $99.95

Not just for kids, this simple open-backed tower has two platform heights and hand holds to assist in climbing up and down, and can even help grown-ups reach upper cabinets.

5. Little Partners Toddler Step Up Stool, $59.99

This stool is great for toddler’s, older kids, and adults alike (it can support up to $159 pounds!). It has a built-in handle that makes it easy to move around your kitchen (and house!).

6. Guidecraft High Rise Step-Up, $79.95

Use this open step — with rails and colorful non-slip treads — in the kitchen, bathroom, or playroom.

7. KidzWerks Kitchen Step Stool, $149.95

This stool’s adjustable platform can be put at 2, 16, or 20 inches to accommodate your kitchen helper’s height. It also comes with 4 anti-slip pads for safety!

8. Whitney Brothers Step-Up Stool, $182.99 at School Outfitters

The handle on this high-backed step stool was specifically designed for you to be able to move it around the kitchen with ease.

9. JontiCraft Up-n-Down Steps, $190.85 at School Outlet

Touted as a way to help kids up to the sink to wash their hands, this step stool can also get kids closer to the kitchen counter.

10. FÖRSIKTIG Step Stool, $5.99 at IKEA

Great for older kids who want to help, this step stool is a classic, has nonslip grips, and is just $6.

Do you have a favorite kitchen stool or platform for your little one?

Regina Yunghans


Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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