Does your house need anymore plastic in it? Allow me to answer a resounding, "Yes!" but only if it's the Step2 Creative Projects Table. We already had a table and chairs (from IKEA), but found that the only times my kids ever sat at it was when we had parties and needed a kiddy table. Even though it was in their playroom, they never used it for art projects (preferring the kitchen table) or puzzles (preferring the dining room table) or for playing with their toys (preferring the floor). The Step2 Creative Projects Table changed all that.
From the Step2 site:
Storage space galore! This sturdy desk can transform from a personal desk to a table accommodating up to two children comfortably.
- Features a large table surface with molded-in storage tray
- Sturdy colorful wooden shelf provides additional convenient storage - can be repositioned to accommodate up to two children
- Includes two 11 inch stools
- Lower side supports offer storage compartments for drawing pads, tablets, books, supplies and more (not included)
- Features heavy-duty support rod for stability
- Made in USA (wood panels made in China)
- Minimal adult assembly required
- Seal of Approval, The National Parenting Center, 2008
- Three-Star Rating (highest award), Canadian Toy Testing Council, 2008
What I like about it: It really does encourage art projects because all the art supplies are readily at hand. My kids love sitting at and have used it daily since we've received it sitting for long stretches of time creating art together. I like that it comes with two stools and that the center storage piece can be moved to the ends of the desk if you are storing it against a wall and/or only one child will be using it. I also love that there are two storage pockets on either side of the desk to hold coloring books and pads of paper. The red wooden accents are a nice touch. We've been able to clear the clutter of colored pencils, crayons, glue and markers out of the kitchen (hooray!). In short, I have reclaimed my kitchen and it really does keep things neat. See? (click to embiggen):
Definitely add this to your holiday gift list.
What I don't like about it: The red-white-blue color scheme was off-putting at first (it seems a little 80's/uber-patriotic), but once the supplies were on it, the colors fade to the background. The stools are a little small for my tall 6-year-old, but we found a way around it by just scooting a regular kid chair up to the table.
Cost to you: $129.99
Cost to me: Free