Child sized furniture is basic to the Montessori concept. But a toddler table was one of those investments I've been putting off.
I finally bought a little table with two chairs from Ikea. I found a very helpful chair and table height guideline here. I cut the chair legs to 6.5" and the table legs to 14". Gave it a coat of clear gloss to protect against grubby fingers and added some sliders to the bottoms of the legs. It fits him perfectly!
After watching Bear use it for a few days I'm impressed by how much independence, pride and ownership it has given him. The same day that I showed him this table and chair he was able to sit down and stand up independently. He began to bring his toys to the table to work. He started pushing the chair in and pulling it out. The chair is light enough that he can carry it around. He can move it so that he could sit and watch me prepare dinner in the kitchen or watch the cat out the window. All these things happened completely automatically without any prompting or guidance from me.
It brings to mind the other fundamental Montessori concepts that I haven't embraced yet... Cooking? The floor bed? Maybe one day...
My name is Vicky I am wife to Ranger and mum to two boys - Bear (2) and Fox (8 months). Somehow I stumbled across Montessori and now my goal is to raise and educate my children with a Montessori philosophy in country NSW Australia.