“ Brand: ELC / Type: Craft Supplies „
Having cleared out a pile of junk today from my sons toy box, I came across his Early Learning Centre Blackboard Eraser that was bought for him about 2 years ago after he was bought a blackboard for him to draw and doodle on. Although he still has the blackboard and will play with it from time to time (although he now prefers the white board), I don't think we used the eraser more than a handful of times, simply because it wasn't very good. While I generally think the ELC provides excellent products on the whole, I have to say that this one wasn't one of the better buys - and it really wasn't very useful at all. I can't remember how much the eraser was, but I suspect it wasn't very much, but really that's not the point at all. Whether it was cheap or not, it really should be up to the job it's designed to do - and actually it's just not. The eraser comes in a brick-like form with the eraser part on the bottom part of the block and a grip on the top of the block. The main part of the eraser is made of plastic and it forms a handle for which the block can be gripped, even by very young children. This block is light-weight and easy for a young child to manipulate. The eraser part is attached to the bottom of the block and is made up of a thick wedge of foam - and it is this that is used to wipe the board. However, it simply doesn't wipe the board very well at all and it just tends to fade the chalk without wiping it completely off. This means that when we used the eraser there were remnants of the previous "artwork" on the board, whereas when we used a cloth, this wasn't the case. Overall, I just think this eraser is pretty useless and I wouldn't bother!
Last July we brought our son an art easel for his birthday and provided with it was chalk and pens for the white board but what we did not think about was an eraser for the board so once little man had made his creation he asked how do I clean it off mummy. At first we used a cloth which was working well but while browsing in the elc shop I came across this blackboard eraser for £2 so decided to pick it up. The eraser itself is made of two parts the handle which is made of solid plastic so very durable which is essential when being used by younger children as they can be clumsy and careless resulting in lots of bashed toys. This eraser is no different it has been dropped and bashed about a fair bit not just on the easel but my youngest son loves to push it around in his shopping trolley. On either side of the top of the handle are small groves so that little ones can hold it with ease and get a good grip of it. The eraser part itself is made of foam and is the part that wipes the board clean the foam is rather thick and a fair size to wipe the board in just a few swipes. The problem came when we came to use this, my son tried to wipe away his picture but he found rather than having a clean surface to start again on the chalk had spread itself over the whole board and turned cloudy. He then shouted me over to see if he was doing it wrong bless him but I had no success with it either it just continued to spread the chalk rather than remove it. The eraser is small but a fair enough size for a child and easy enough for a child to use independently. It has lasted well over the time we have had it but this may be because my children simply do not use it. It was a novelty the first week but after that my children just became frustrated with it and the fact it was useless. It is recommended from 2 years plus which I believe is a good guidance as my youngest son is 19 months old and just becoming big enough to use it although my 4 year old boy and 3 year old daughter also tried using this eraser. I would not recommend this eraser at all we found it did not clean the black board rather smudged the chalk all over the board making it cloudy possible to re draw over but this made the children's pictures look very faint and it just frustrated them. We now stick to a damp cloth which does a much better job of cleaning the board and my children find it just as fun.
We recently purchased an art centre for my little girl from The Early Learning Centre. This is basically an easel which has two sides to it, one side is a wipe board which you need to sue special markers on and the other side is an old fashioned blackboard that you need to use chalk on. As such then, we needed to get her a blackboard eraser so she could get rid of her chalk marks on the board when she wants to start a new creation. This blackboard eraser is much different from the blackboard erasers of years past that you used to get in schools. I remember these were fairly big heavy things with a wooden part on one side and quite a heavy duty felt material on the other side that cleared all the chalk dust away. If you were lucky that day the teacher would pick you to go outside and clean the blackboard erasers by banging them together and it was so fun to watch all the chalk dust go up in the air and create great big clouds of dust! This blackboard eraser from The Early Learning Centre is plastic and has little indentations on the sides so it makes it easy for little hands to hold which is nice. The eraser os fairly small, about half the size of the old fashioned ones but as the art centre she uses this on is only small it doesn't need to be that big. The eraser is made of a foam material and is not as thick or hard as an old fashioned eraser. That being said though it really gets rid of chalk marks on a chalkboard well and gives my little girl a blank canvas to start drawing on again. The foam is really good as picking up the excess chalk dust as well so this doesn't really make that much mess in her room which is nice. The eraser costs a very cheap £3 from The Early Learning Centre and is a nice little addition to the art centre or other chalk based activity you may do with your child.
Useful blackboard eraser. Wipe clean and start again. Age range: From 2 years.