The Pre-School Experiment

The Pre-School Experiment

The Pre-School Experiment

If you run a pre-school, a day care, or just have children at home, you probably know all too well what creative little ones can do to furniture. I neither have children, nor have I taught children. But I’ve seen Daddy Day Care and that was enough to know that things break when children are invited to do their worst.

If children were to work with our Research and Design lab, I think they’d come up with some interesting new tests. I remember using Lifetime Banquet Tables as slides in our game room. Then my sisters and I would put foam mats on top of them and use them as tall beds for sleepovers. I have a vague memory of reenacting the princess and the pea once… lucky for me, no injuries were incurred.

Anyway, the other day a co-worker gave gave me an ingenious idea-- The Pre-School Experiment. She suggested that we donate a Lifetime Table to a pre-school, give them a few months to color on it, stand on it, spill icky things on it, do all sorts of things that children tend to do (and that we at Lifetime don’t advise)-- then check back to see how it survives.

I took her idea and called Ms. Laura. With about 9 children attending her pre-school and a relatively small area, she and I picked out the small and sturdy Lifetime 4-foot Adjustable Height table. Laura was happy to accept a new table and kindly allowed me to visit her class. As I sat with the kids making play-doh shapes on the table, I pointed out the pink crumbs that were sprinkled everywhere. “You’ve got a lot of little crumbs around here,” I said. Without hesitation, one child piped up “Oh, that’s ok.”

Then I asked “But couldn’t they get stuck to the table?”

Claire, a small girl with a cookie cutter in her hand responded to my question matter-of-factly: “No.”

“Why?” I asked

Claire looked around searching for an answer, and then she said “Because the carpet gets stuck with play-doh.”

She then quickly returned to her work of lining up play-doh x’s and o’s, meticulously making sure that they were all the same size.

Before I left the little school, Ms. Laura stopped me and asked where she could get another 4-foot Lifetime table. This table is available at Sam’s Club, www.buylifetime.com, and Back Yards Inc store locations. Of course, I felt all warm and fuzzy as I walked out the door. It’s a great start, but we still need to see how the table holds up in the long run. After-all, it’s only been a couple weeks. Check back in January for a follow-up to this post, and see if our table survived the Pre School Experiment!

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Position at Lifetime Products: Former PR/Communications Manager - but ALWAYS a fan of Lifetime products!  (Katie's blog posts were written while she was Communications Manager at Lifetime.)

My favorite Lifetime Products: 4ft x 2ft fold-in-half table, 30" Personal Table, Camping table, 6' fold-in half tableRound Picnic Table, Fold-up Utility Trailer.

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