Sunday, August 14, 2011

Eating together

One of the things I help the children learn is table manners and how to eat with others.  We have always sat at the same tables and talked during lunch and had a great time! But, the infants and very young toddlers were left out of the fun and stuck in their high chairs that were higher than we were.  All of the children left out really wanted to join in with the fun the "big kids" were having.  We found some great chairs that would help us with that issue here.  But at a $114 pop they were quite a bit out of our price range since we need 3 of them.  Larry and I spent some time brainstorming and figured there might be a way to make the wooden restaurant highchairs into smaller chairs. The idea sat on the back burner until one day we were at a local thrift store and they had a wooden restaurant style highchair for $8, much more in my price range that $114 each! We figured we would start with one and if it worked, go buy some more new, or, if it didn't work, we would only be out $8 and some time!

Well, amazingly it worked.  We now have 3 of these chairs we made and they work out wonderfully! The young children not yet able to sit by themselves in a chair are able to join in during meals and snacks with the rest of us.

Here is how we did it:
High Chair before we changed it
We started with a standard wooden restaurant high chair.  Larry than measured the height of the chairs the older children use and transferred that measurement to the high chair.

Measuring where to cut
 Larry both the distance from the seat to the floor and from the top of the highchair to the floor to make sure the chairs would fit up to the table.

 Larry then cut the chair legs where he had marked them needing to be cut.   We placed the little gripper pieced that were on the bottom of the original high chair legs onto the bottom of the new legs and....
Finished High Chair

Viola! All Done! 

Stacked High Chairs

The chairs also stack nicely when they are not in use.
How have you found a better/less expensive product for your children?

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