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This was one of our best purchases for our old daughter. we bought it for her for her second birthday nearly a year and a half ago and she still plays with it on a daily basis and many master pieces have been created on it in that time.
It's wooden frame is sturdy, strong and very good quality, it comes flat packed and takes a little while to put together, the instructions are easy to follow and the end product is worth it.
Although being wooden it is more expensive than the plastic ones it looks so much nicer. It fits in nicely to our playroom but even if you haven't got much room it folds down quiet flat so can be stored easily.
Kids don't get the money's worth out of many toys you buy them these days but we definatly have this one and i'm sure she's got many more happy painting days yet.
My daughter got the pink version of this easel from her grandparents for christmas last year. It is really well made and sturdy. One side is a chalkboard and the other is a magnetic whiteboard with a roll of paper for painting and drawing. My daughter is two and is just starting to get into arty activities, so she loves messing with different ways of drawing and experimenting with paints and crayons etc. This is perfect that we can use it differently every day (chalk, pencil crayons, wax crayons, paints, stickers, magnets etc). The easel itself is quite big and takes up a lot of room if left up, but I suppose will last her longer. The handy trays at the bottom of each side are wide enough to fit pots of paint or a box of chalk. Its a bit annoying that you have to buy paper and a chalk rubber seperately, but we also got some magnetic letters and numbers, with she loves!
Overall a really well made product that will last years. Great for rainy days and can be used for lots of different activities. Quite expensive and not so good if you are pushed for space.
This belongs to my daughter. She has the pink version, because if you are a girl, everything has to be pink, apparently. I was not so keen on her having this, mainly because it looked quite big in the shop, and as our house is already bursting at the seams with several large toys, this just seemed like an extravagance that we didn't need. Anyway, it still arrived
Despite my reservations about the size of the easel, my daughter has had a lot of fun with it, and it seems like it is going to be part of our furniture for some time to come.
It's an easel, for a child (or girl in this case because it is pink). It comes with a wipe clean white board on one side, which can also be used with a roll of paper (provided) which sits at the top of the board, and you secure the bottom edge of the paper with some magnets (provided). On the other side of this is a chalk board. At the bottom of the board on each side is a small lipped ledge, large enough to hold felt tips or chalks, depending on what side you are using. This tray has quite a high lip so the drawing utensils are quite safe, unless you have a 1 year old running about who generally likes taking things and throwing them on the floor (as in my case). She also likes to steal the magnets.
It's quite a sturdy easel and required a certain amount of assembly, but I think the tools required were included in the box and it goes together quite easily.
It takes up quite a lot of room and I would say if you don't have a room with a wide open space, then it's probably not a good idea for you to get one of these, this is because it cannot be folded away - it always has to be out, ready for action. We have ours in the dining room, and while we do have the space for it, it does tend to get in the way and I find myself shifting it about several times a day as I go about my daily chores.
My daughter does enjoy using it though and used up the roll of paper within a couple of weeks, which we have never replaced because she now uses her felt pens on the white board, which she can then wipe off with a baby wipe. She also likes the chalk board aspect of it, but this tends to get messy and she gets chalk dust all over her hands as she wipes off the chalk using her fingers...even though I give her a cloth.
It's quite a good height so although my 3 year old uses it while standing, she can also sit at it with one of her chairs, and her older cousins also use it with ease.
I think it's well made and is quite a good idea, but it's not something I would have personally chosen for my daughter. I much prefer her to sit with a colouring book, which takes up less space, makes less mess and I think helps her more with her pen control and learning how to write properly, rather than stood up at a board.
It doesn't come with any drawing equipment.
It's available for £50; yes that's £50 from the Early Learning Centre.
I love this product! My daughter was given it for Christmas by her Grandparents and she has played with it almost every day ever since.
We have the pink and purple one with a funky multi coloured worm running along the front of the shelves at the bottom of the two boards.
The easel itself is of very sturday construction and is brightly coloured and well eye catching. On one side there is a chalkboard with a shelf at the bottom for storing your chalks. On the other side there is a whiteboard which is also magnetic and this side also has a shelf running along the bottome of it. At the top of the whiteboard side there are slots which a pole fits into. The pole holds a roll of paper (one supplied but when that ran out we used lining paper which fits perfectly) which is ideal for drawing and painting. Also included with the product are four magnets, two pink and two purple, with smiley faces on. These are to hold the paper still on the whiteboard side to make it easier to draw and paint.
This toy has had hours of play both for my daughter and for my friends children. They love to draw and it really encourages imaginative play. I have taken it into the garden when we have been painting to keep the mess to a minimum and it has been easy to transport. The other use it has which I am sure it wasn't intended for is as a den! My daughter and her friends like me to put a blanket over the top and it make a great den :-)
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The Easel is an Early Learning Centre product. My Mum got this one online from www.elc.co.uk but I have seen it stocked in both small and large branches of the store. It currently retails at £50.
A great product that encourages creativity, I can see this being played with for many years to come!
This double-sided wooden easel is perfect for your child's creative activities. You can use the chalkboard to create amazing pictures or use the wipe clean white board with paper roll for painting or drawing with pens and pencils.