Like most kids, my children love to imitate what we do using the same items we use but in smaller, more manageable sizes. We practice a modified Montessori approach in our home, so having these items readily available to them is important to us. One thing we knew we still needed to invest in was a child-sized table set. It couldn’t just be any table set – it had to be the table set, an appealing wooden table that all three of my kids could play with for years down the road and pass down to their children. Svan’s Play With Me Toddler Table and Chairs were magnificently perfect!
What makes Svan the superior choice?
Exceptional craftsmanship and design:
- The 5-piece set combines high-quality solid birch construction with a beautiful contemporary Scandinavian style.
- The lines are cohesive – from the rounded tables and seats to the curved legs and chair backs, the style’s theme is in complete harmony.
- The curved backed chairs allow for a more comfortable and secure fit for little ones.
- The color is exquisitely rich and the finish is smooth and lead-free.
Functionality and Safety:
- The Play With Me Table is perfect for a variety of daily uses – eating, constructing block towers, homework, crafts, imaginary play, and more.
- It comes with 4 seating options, whereas many similar table sets I researched only had 2.
- With 3 safe and sturdy chairs and 1 sturdy backless stool (each supporting up to 250 lbs in weight), this set is specifically designed to promote child-parent interaction. Now mom or dad can join in on the fun more comfortably. What other child table set has a seat for parents in mind? Plus, my 13 month old has not been able to tip over the chairs as easily as he can some others. Not to mention, the table stays firmly grounded each time he has climbed up on top. (Unfortunately, we have a climber in our home.)
- The set is manufactured using inset nuts, which improves stability and ease of assembly. There are no unstable, uneven legs in this set.
- For easy storage, the seats are stackable! I can stack them in such a way that they are safe for my 13 month old – he can’t find an opening in which to climb them, nor do they tip over when he violently shakes them.
- Although it is suitable for children ages 2 to 7, I found that all 3 of mine (aged 13 months, 3 and 5) could all safely use it. The 13 month old can climb up and down the chairs on his own, though his little feet have a long way to reach the floor. The 3 year old’s feet don’t quite reach the ground either, so we will have plenty of years of usage. (From seat bottom to floor, it’s approximately 12 inches and from table top to floor, it’s 20 inches.)
- The aesthetically pleasing round design means there are no corners for little ones to bump into.
Why choose a round design?
- A round table takes up minimal floor space, but still allows for ample playing surface. This set is no exception. The table appears to be on the small side, but has been big enough to accommodate the necessities of our children. Plus, it’s small enough to easily fit in a corner.
- Despite what you may think, it’s much easier to fit a round set into a corner than a rectangular or square set. The lack of corners makes it easy to walk and maneuver around in tight spaces. And again, no corners means no edges for toddlers to bump their heads.
- A round table also encourages more inclusiveness and social interaction and places everyone equally at the table (think the Knights of the Round Table).
- It’s versatile – great for both an intimate tea party for two and for playing games.
Check out our video of imagination at work, or rather play:
This cozy, bistro-like table somehow marries classic lines with a modern flair, fancy with simple all at the same time. Photos do not do this set justice – it’s simply charming! Even my husband repeatedly marveled at the construction and breathtaking beauty as he assembled it. (It took about 30-45 minutes to assemble.)
We love the table so much that we didn’t hide it in the playroom like we might have with other sets. Instead, we permanently housed it in the dining room next to our own table. The color complements our set rather well and it looks like an expensive piece of furniture, don’t you think?
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