My kids have a little table that they can do things at independently, but as they get older and crafts get more detailed we are often doing things together. Their table is way too small for me to sit at! The problem is that at our main dining table, Samantha is too short. She has kind of "gotten by" when it comes to eating because she can grab the food and then lean back in the chair to chomp down. With crafts, however, she needs more ability to sit above the activity.
I had a booster chair type thing when Timothy was that age and didn't like it for numerous reasons, most of all being it took a lot of work to keep clean. I felt like I had no other options, though, so last Saturday I went in search of one for Sam. I thought maybe in 3 years they've made one that I would like a little better. Plus, the fact is that I can spend a few more dollars on things these days helps me buy a little better quality! I was looking at all the booster seats Wal-mart had to offer and tucked away randomly was a Kaboost. Here's an excellent video that explains how it works:
What a fantastic product! One reason I was dreading another booster is that I knew Samantha wouldn't really want it. She sees what Timothy does and wants to sit in a chair just like he does. She's also quite coordinated for a 2-yr old, and I don't have to worry about her being higher. This way she gets to climb right into the chair. What I didn't count on was how much Timothy would love it. He is tall on his own, but this makes him feel so much more "in control" of whatever he's doing. EVERYTHING is about cutting and gluing right now, and he feels so empowered. I'm seriously considering getting a second one for him as well.
It really is as simple and safe as the reviews say it is. And because it is fairly compact, I plan on taking it on our next big family trip. My only regret is that I bought the natural colored one, and since we have a dark stained dining table, I would have picked the chocolate colored one just to match. Other than that, I couldn't be more pleased!