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9 ways to make a kiddie dining table work for your home

Miniature mealtime might be the perfect dining solution for your family. 

9 ways to make a kiddie dining table work for your home

If you were at a family gathering over the holidays, you may have noticed that right next to that beautifully staged dining table was a messier, pint-size version called the kiddie table. But as the following spaces will show you, there’s no reason for kiddie tables to get such a bad rap. Whether you want to complement your adult-size dining table, create a stylish kid-size corner in an office or make your deck more child-friendly, these ideas will be a hit with kids and parents alike.


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1.Miniature modern

Between the photo on the wall of a child swinging in a tire and the stray toy on the floor, it’s clear that kids are the priority in this home. Yet that doesn’t mean style was an afterthought. Notice how the midcentury-inspired Lippa dining chairs surrounding the adult-size dining table and the Kids DSW dining chairs around the kiddie table feature molded plastic seats that are sleek and spill-friendly.
Louise de Miranda

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2. Gallery wall

With all the light pouring in and the classic parquet floors, not much is needed to make this room shine. Still, the homeowner used colorful Series 7 children’s chairs around a minimalist kiddie table that’s only a few feet from the adult table but has a style all its own.

Tip: Add a collection of your children’s masterpieces on a wall above a kiddie table to personalize the space.
Stiff and Trevillion

3. Why so serious?

The whimsical chairs surrounding this kiddie table help to lighten up this serious, monochromatic kitchen. The cabinetry and marble are so clean and white that one might hesitate to dirty them with cooking, but one glance at the kids’ table and the space feels less stuffy.

If the owners were hosting a chic “adults only” dinner party, the table could be stored away and this elegant kitchen would look as pristine as ever.
Sutro Architects

4. Seamless transition

Here, the kid zone in the corner is visually defined by a break in the cabinet color from white to natural. Rather than stuff the corner with Technicolor furniture and storage products made for children, the design continues the classy custom cabinets across the wall and keeps the colors relatively toned down to make the space appeal to grown-ups too. In fact, the small scale of the table and chairs is the only thing that gives this spot away. Parents and kids can happily coexist in this multipurpose space.
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5. Color coordinated

The kitchen and dining room are not the only spaces where a kiddie table can come in handy. If you need to pay some bills in the home office but still want to keep an eye on your little ones, having a table where they can quietly read or draw is a great solution.

The yellow Kids DSR Eiffel chairs surrounding the kiddie table fit in well with this room’s yellow, teal and gray color scheme.
Andrea Rodman Interiors

6. Family room favorite

Parents and their guests can converse and watch the game in this family room while the little ones practice their alphabet on a table nearby. When the table isn’t being used as a desk, it can double as a sofa console table.
Make sure the unit’s storage is easy for little kids to operate because it will help foster their independence and encourage good cleanup habits.
Reusch Interior Design

7. A room of their own

Don’t forget that playrooms can be beautiful too. This one — featuring a mini upholstered settee complete with an elegantly set table, perfect for hosting tea parties — is right in line with grown-up trends. The addition of a chalkboard on the wall ensures that this space can be used for more than just play.
Superior Home Services Inc

8. Take it outside

If a kiddie table is a good idea inside the home, it might be an even better one outside. On a warm summer’s day, a lot of kids might not be too eager to sit down and eat when there’s so much fun to be had outside. Consider adding an outdoor kiddie table, such as the light green Mammut children’s table and chairs from Ikea, to encourage the little ones to take a moment to refuel with food from the grill.

9. An alternative approach

If you don’t have the room or don’t love the idea of separating the kids from the adults during large family meals, take a cue from this handy homeowner and simply line the table with paper and provide crayons. Guests of all ages will appreciate the creative addition, and restless kids may stay seated just a little bit longer. And when the party’s over, all you have to do is roll it up and recycle.

Original story by Jess McBride for Houzz

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Plus a fall family bucket list to keep everyone moving all season long.

While it's hard to name anything that the pandemic hasn't affected, one thing that is constantly on my mind is how to keep my family active despite spending more time indoors. Normally, this time of year would be spent at dance and gymnastics lessons, meeting up with friends for games and field trips, and long afternoon playdates where we can all let off a little steam. Instead, we find ourselves inside more often than ever before—and facing down a long winter of a lot more of the same.

I started to search for an outlet that would get my girls moving safely while we social distance, but at first I didn't find a lot of solutions. Online videos either weren't terribly engaging for my active kids, or the messaging wasn't as positive around the power of movement as I would like. Then I found the Nike PLAYlist.

I always knew that Nike could get me moving, but I was so impressed to discover this simple resource for parents. PLAYlist is an episodic sports show on YouTube that's made for kids and designed to teach them the power of expressing themselves through movement. The enthusiastic kid hosts immediately captured my daughter's attention, and I love how the physical activity is organically incorporated in fun activities without ever being specifically called out as anything other than play. For example, this segment where the kids turn yoga into a game of Paper Scissors Rock? Totally genius. The challenges from #TheReplays even get my husband and me moving more when our daughter turns it into a friendly family competition. (Plus, I love the play-inspired sportswear made just for kids!)

My daughter loves the simple Shake Ups at the beginning of the episode and is usually hopping off the couch to jump, dance and play within seconds. One of her favorites is this Sock Flinger Shake Up activity from the Nike PLAYlist that's easy for me to get in on too. Even after we've put away the tablet, the show inspires her to create her own challenges throughout the day.

The best part? The episodes are all under 5 minutes, so they're easy to sprinkle throughout the day whenever we need to work out some wiggles (without adding a lot of screen time to our schedule).

Whether you're looking for simple alternatives to P.E. and sports or simply need fun ways to help your child burn off energy after a day of socially distanced school, Nike's PLAYlist is a fun, kid-friendly way to get everyone moving.

Need more movement inspiration for fall? Here are 5 ways my family is getting up and getting active this season:

1. Go apple picking.

Truly, it doesn't really feel like fall until we've picked our first apple. (Or had our first bite of apple cider donut!) Need to burn off that extra cinnamon-sugar energy? Declare a quick relay race up the orchard aisle—winner gets first to pick of apples at home.

To wear: These Printed Training Tights are perfect for when even a casual walk turns into a race (and they help my daughter scurry up a branch for the big apples).

2. Visit a pumpkin patch.

We love to pick up a few locally grown pumpkins to decorate or cook with each year. Challenge your child to a "strongman" contest and see who can lift the heaviest pumpkin while you're there.

To wear: Suit up your little one in comfort with this Baby Full Zip Coverall so you're ready for whatever adventures the day brings.

3. Have a nature scavenger hunt.

Scavenger hunts are one of my favorite ways to keep my daughter preoccupied all year long. We love to get outside and search for acorns, leaves and pinecones as part of our homeschool, but it's also just a great way to get her exercising those gross motor skills whenever the wiggles start to build up.

To wear: It's not truly fall until you break out a hoodie. This cozy Therma Elite Kids Hoodie features a mesh overlay to release heat while your child plays.

4. Have a touch-football game.

Tip for parents with very little kids: It doesn't have to last as long as a real football game. 😂 In fact, staging our own mini-games is one of our favorite ways to get everyone up and moving in between quarters during Sunday football, and I promise we all sleep better that night.

To wear: From impromptu games of tag to running through our favorite trails, these kids' Nike Air Zoom Speed running shoes are made to cover ground all season long.

5. Create an indoor obstacle course.

Pretending the floor is lava was just the beginning. See how elaborate your personal course can get, from jumping on the couch to rolling under the coffee table to hopping down the hallway on one foot.

To wear: These ready-for-any-activity Dri-FIT Tempo Shorts are perfect for crawling, hopping and racing—and cuddling up when it's time to rest.

This article was sponsored by Nike. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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When Chrissy Teigen announced her third pregnancy earlier this year we were so happy for her and now our hearts are with her as she is going through a pain that is unimaginable for many, but one that so many other mothers know.

Halfway through a high-risk pregnancy complicated by placenta issues, Teigen announced late Wednesday that she has suffered a pregnancy loss.

Our deepest condolences go out to Chrissy and her husband, John Legend (who has been by her side in the hospital for several days now).

In a social media post, Teigen explained she named this baby Jack.

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