Who remembers the Oribel PortaPlay Convertible Activity Center that goes from this..
I reviewed the PortaPlay Convertible Activity Center last year and now Oribel has added two brand new accessories to go along with it. I was very pleased with this product last year and I was excited to hear that Oribel was adding some functional and creative accessories.
Oribel is a combination of “Ori” from Original and “bel” from Belle meaning beauty. The brand is created with a belief that original ideas and aesthetics belong together.
My favorite thing about the PortaPlay table (besides the fact that it’s lovely to look at) is that it is easy to store when not in use. The legs fold down if you pinch both green buttons simultaneously making it flat and easy to store in a closet, under a bed or behind another piece of furniture. Now onto the accessories…
The first of the two accessories are the matching PortaPlay Child Stools. These stools are sturdy, lightweight and designed to be just the right height for children up to 5 years of age. My son is four and a half and it fits him great with still quite a bit of growing room. These cute little stools come in a set of two and each stool holds up to 77 pounds.
The stools came packaged neatly in a box with the instructions printed onto the cardboard box, which I thought was a great way to save on extra paper. They were super duper easy to assemble! The legs just click into place. The quality of the plastic seemed nice and sturdy, just like the table, and it was easy to clean with a damp cloth.
My only criticism of the stools is that the bottom of the legs are a bit slippery, as well as the seat itself, which could be hazardous for small children who are climbing on them if the stool were to slip out from under them. An easy fix would be to put little felt or rubber stickers onto the bottom of the stool legs so that they would be more grippy to the floor. The stools would be fine as is for children who know not to stand on them, but for younger siblings like my one and a half year old, the slipping factor could be something to look out for.
The second of the new accessories is the PortaPlay Art Paper Roll Dispenser. What a cool idea! My kids loved being able to roll out a fresh piece of paper for coloring.
The Art Paper Roll Dispenser clips easily onto the table, just like the toys for the baby bouncer version. The wood felt durable and it was a nice design aesthetically. The paper was a good level of thickness and the edges were smooth, which was nice because nobody likes paper cuts.
For us, the Art Paper Roll Dispenser only lasted for a couple coloring sessions because when I went into the kitchen to reheat my coffee my son decided to unroll all the paper at once…so I would like to see Oribel add a lock onto the paper roll so that the parent can be in control of how much paper is being used at a time.
Overall, I really love the look of this table and accessories! It’s a very attractive piece of kid’s furniture and the mix of plastic and wood is a nice balance. I always get compliments on it when friends come over. I love that the colors are bright and modern, but the design is still simple and would look great in a variety of settings. I also really appreciate gender neutral kid’s furniture because you don’t want to have to buy these items twice. The design, along with the high quality materials make the PortaPlay Activity table and accessories a great purchase for your family. This summer you’ll be ready for crafts, games, coloring, tea parties, lego building and the like!