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      18.06.2012 15:15
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      Like a lot of Ikea items, this is a great bargain. At 15.99 it is a lot cheaper than many of the other children's easels you see around, and it is a good quality item made of durable wood and has been very long lasting for us.

      We have had this item for about 3 years now and even used to keep it out in the garden (but under a roof so open to the wind and elements but not heavy rain) for about a year, due to not having much space in the home we were in at the time and it still looks as good as new, after a bit of a clean - it had not been damaged by the weather at all.

      This easel has 2 sides - one is blackboard and one is a magnetic surface, which can be used for painting by attaching large peice of paper to it with a magnet or it can be used as a magnet board which is what we mainly use it for. It is a great surface for the children to play with all the magnet letters, numbers and other various magnets which we have, as it is a big surface and much more convenient than having them play with those things on the fridge or radiators. We currently have this open and set up all the time in the kids play room and it gets played with several times a day by both my 3 year old and 2 year old.

      They have not been as interested in the chalk side but that gets played with now and again.

      The easel is easy to fold for storage, although we have it up all the time but I have flattened it and opened it several times in the past with no problems, it is still quite large when flattened but becomes narrow so you can store it down any little gaps.

      The only small complaint about this is that it has the tray area only on one side, so if you have it turned to the chalkboard side, then the tray is on the other side which is not too convenient as it would have better handier to have it available on both sides, to easily hold the chalks but I don't think this is a big issue and for the price can not complain!

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        08.03.2012 10:43
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        For your little Van Gogh

        We bought this Mala easel from Ikea for our little nephews third birthday. He loves drawing and painting things, and so we had looked around for ages for an easel for him. Most of the ones available cost quite a lot more than this one, and looked a bit rubbish to be honest. This one from Ikea is just £15.99, and appears to be fairly substantial.

        This is a wooden framed easel with a blackboard on one side, and a whiteboard on the other side, it also has a little flat tray to hold his chalks or felt pens etc. The easel folds flat when not in use to save space and so that it is easy to store away. You can also use the large roll of Mala drawing paper with the easel, so that his drawings or paintings (or should I say masterpieces!) can be kept and pinned up or given away, rather than wiped off each time.

        We bought the Mala easel at £15.99, the Mala drawing paper roll at £2.99, the Mala chalks at £0.99, the Mala whiteboard pens at £1.99, the Mala water colour paints at £5.99, the Mala paint brushes at £1.99, and the Mala long sleeved apron at £2.49 (to keep him clean when he's painting). So for around £32.00 we bought everything that he could possibly need to use the blackboard, the whiteboard, and to paint on paper attached to the easel. We felt that this was absolutely brilliant value for money, especially when you consider all the extras that we bought to accompany the easel itself.

        The reccomended age for the easel is from three years old. The easel stands 118cm high when it is assembled, and is fairy sturdy when in use, it won't tip over easily.

        Our little nephew absolutely loves the easel and all the little extras, and he uses it all the time. As a result I now have many paintings to display!! He will get many years use out of this as it is well made and looks like it will last quite a while. Overall a good purchase, and a good price.

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          30.01.2012 14:30
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          Good value art easel from Ikea

          Like all children, my nephew loves to draw so for his 3rd birthday his Gran and Granddad bought him a MALA Easel from Ikea. After searching for a good few months they went for the MALA because it's far cheaper than a lot of other easels around, it's got the tray to hold pens and chalk and it has both the blackboard and whiteboard on it with the option of buying a roll of paper too so it has quite a few uses.

          These last points are almost a down side to the easel though because although it's very decently priced at £15.99 you've then still got the additional cost of pens, chalk and the roll of paper. There are quite a few different items in the MALA range so they ended up getting the pack of 6 felt pens/stampers for 99p, the drawing paper roll at £2.99 and the pack of 24 chalks at 99p but there's also white board pens, paint, scissors, brushes etc available too although you can obviously buy these elsewhere.

          The easel comes ready built but folded flat for easy storage. It is quite tall but will lie down behind the front seats in a Honda Jazz or stand up behind one seat at an angle. When unpacking it the legs just have to be spread apart and the tray will slot into place. For the roll of paper it's just like putting a toilet roll on the holder by putting the thin wooden pole through the roll and the indents in the easel will ensure it stays in place. The paper then goes up through the inside of the easel and can be placed over the chalk board or white board to be drawn on. The child can then just pull the bottom of the roll to have a clear space to draw on (although nephew will insist on moving the paper after each line drawn!). This can also mean masterpieces to be stuck on the fridge are a lot bigger than A4 size.

          At 3 years old my nephew is tall enough to reach the top of the black and white boards but he'll usually only dust the blackboard to about ¾ of the way up. The chalks from the MALA range show up well against the black (could be brighter perhaps) and it's easy to wipe to the board clean again. Unfortunately nephew doesn't appreciate my artwork so he's always pretty quick to erase whatever is there. I even managed to draw something that resembled Lightning McQueen even with the decal detailing. By rubbing the chalk with your finger it makes a much smoother drawing too. If there's been a lot of chalk used it can gather on the frame and drops into the pen tray but it is easy enough to wipe with a wet cloth or vacuum up.

          We've got the paper laid over the whiteboard as we don't have the whiteboard pens. If it had been over the blackboard there's a slot for the paper so it gathers between the two boards rather than at your feet. This is missing on the whiteboard side but until there's a lot of paper there it doesn't cause too much trouble although it looks like this can differ as the picture on the Ikea site shows the slot on the whiteboard side. The whiteboard also doesn't have the tray under it (again this could differ) so you need to keep going round to the other side to get a pen. The paper doesn't quite reach the edges of the frame so there have been many occasions when nephew has drawn on the whiteboard with the felt pens. Although you can buy separate whiteboard pens, the felt pens will rub off (takes a little more work than whiteboard pens) but with the darker colours especially it doesn't leave the whiteboard quite as white as it should be so nephew knows he must draw on the paper but it's not the end of the world if he does veer off it.

          The whole thing is very sturdy. There's no way for the legs to fold in and topple the board over and it's still light enough for nephew to pull it out (as we've got it against the wall) so he can draw on either side. It's on the laminate floor in our house and it doesn't slide on the floor while it's being drawn on. To save wasting paper there is the possibility of using the other side of the paper because it is thick but some of the darker colours do show through and the MALA felt pens have a point on them so you can see the dent coming through the other side.

          I'm glad they did buy the chalks for it rather than just having the whiteboard and paper though because they are very different. I'm sure they will buy whiteboard pens at some point - luckily nephew knows not to draw on the walls with the felt pens! The frame is wooden so it is very likely to end up with pen on it but it could easily be painted and decorated to suit the colour of a child's room and varnished so it would be easy to wipe. One feature missing which I would liked to have had on it was a magnetic board to put letters on but again if this was on the whiteboard side the tray wouldn't have been there to store the letters.

          Overall, I do think it's a great product for the price. Most of the easels for kids are more than double the price but nephew has had plenty of use out of his so far. Every time he visits I've something drawn on it ready for him to colour in (like his initial), smiley faces or recognisable characters. It's great for their imagination - at one point we had rolling hills, rainbow, snow, a big sun, tornado, lightning, a strawberry, banana, flower and Christmas tree drawn on the blackboard - he loved it!

          If it is a gift, it's not very practical to wrap. We put it in a blue bin bag but nephew didn't really understand what it was until it had been unfolded.

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            16.01.2012 15:31
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            Excellent product for a great price

            I wanted to get an easel for my daughter for Christmas as she enjoys drawing on things a lot and I wanted an outlet for her creativity which she could access at any time. I was initially reluctant to buy one as they seemed to be very expensive and I couldn't justify spending £40 on one for her. When I was in Ikea with my husband, we spotted these and decided to get one of these as they were such good value in comparison!

            ---About the product:
            The Mala Easel from Ikea is a wooden framed easel with a chalkboard (blackboard) on one side and a dryboard (whiteboard) on the other. It has a shelf that can hold the chalks or whiteboard pens which has a border around it so that the chalks and pens don't fall off. There is also a length of wood that can be removed so that you can add a roll of paper which can be passed over the top of the board so you can use it for paints or felts. The size of the board when stood up 43cm length, 62cm width and 118cm height.

            ---Using the easel:
            The easel comes flat packed in a plastic wrap which can be easily cut off. It only takes a couple of minutes to set up and slots together easily. The chalk holder holds the legs together and then a roll of paper can be added on the wooden rod which is also in the middle of the legs. The easel is now ready for use. We bought chalks and whiteboard pens from Ikea to go with this set and both go on and come off the board easily.

            ---Our experiences:
            My daughter was very excited when she opened this. Like everything else it is recommended for children aged 3 and over but my daughter is 2 and a half and is perfectly capable of using it. She got the chalks out and happily started drawing on the blackboard. We didn't buy a rubber for the board though, but we found that a tissue or wet wipes worked well instead. The same is true for the whiteboard.

            My daughter has had countless hours drawing her masterpieces on the board. She loves to get me to draw pictures for her as well and we have lots of fun drawing and wiping them off again. She is a bit too small to reach the top of the board, but with the use of a step she is easily able to reach the top. The only thing about this one being a wooden easel as opposed to the plastic ones is that when my daughter draws on the sides, it does not rub off easily (or in fact at all...). I think it is hard for her to understand that she can draw on pasrt of it, but not the sides so maybe that is where the age limit is a good idea.

            --And finally:
            I think an easel is a great 'toy' for children as it encourages them to be creative and imaginative without the need for copius reams of paper. It helps to teach colours, shapes - whatever you can draw! And it is fun for children and adults alike. The only other difference between this and some others I have looked at (except it is wooden framed) is that the whiteboard is not magnetic as well. This would have been a great addition to the easel as my daughter loves playing with magnets, but I was unwilling to pay double the price for this when the fridge will do for the magnets.

            Overall I would recommend this product as it can fold flat for easy storage and at £15.99 is a bargain.

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              04.06.2011 11:28
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              Practical and great value

              I recently purchased this easel for my son's 2nd birthday and it has been a big hit. When I looked around at the price of easels I found this to be one of the best. It only costs £15.31 and is an easel with a chalkboard on one side and a whiteboard on the other side.

              The easel is wooden and has a tray on one side. The tray is very practical and means my son can store his pens and chalks on it when he is not using them. It is a nice size tray that can also hold paints easily but it doesn't stick out too far so it is still easy for my son to reach the easel when the tray is in front of him. The easel is very study and does not feel cheap. It seems to be very well made. The easel is a good size and I think it will last my son for a good few years.

              What I like about it is that it folds flat and is very easy to store so it doesn't take up much room when it is not in use. The boards on each side are easy to wipe clean so can be used over and over again. It is also easy to attach paper to the easel so you can paint and draw on it as well making it very versatile and fun for little ones to use.

              I would definately recommend this to my friends. It is one of the best value easels and it does the job perfectly.

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              30.09.2010 23:23
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              great value easel for budding artists

              I had been contemplating buying my daughter an easel but was put off by the high prices and bright plastic colours in general toy shops. I spotted this while walking through the childrens section of IKEA and was impressed by it's functionality and looks.

              On the looks front it is made from a pale wood (not sure of the exact sort) which blends into any of my rooms rather than standing out as yet another bright childrens toy!! It could however be painted or stained if prefered.

              In terms of functions it has a blackboard on one side and a wipeable whiteboard on the other. It also has a tray to hold chalk, pens etc.
              Another great feature is that the whiteboard is magnetic. My girls use it to practice spelling words with letter magnets as unfortunately we don't have any other magnetic surfaces (other than radiators) in the house!

              Another added bonus of this easel is that behind the tray is a wooden dowel onto which you can put a roll of paper (sold in Ikea) you can then feed the paper up through the centre of the easel, down over the blackboard and then through the slot at the bottom of the blackboard. This enables children to draw large pictures on the paper and having a continuous suppy as you feed it down as required. The paper roll does not come as standard with the easel and needs to be purchased seperately but I definately recommend it.

              The easel can be folded flat for storage. After a while when it is starting to be overlooked I put mine in the garage for a few months. When I bring it out again it is used constantly for the next couple of months.

              This is a great product at a good price so if you have space for an easel I definately recommend this one.

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              06.07.2010 12:30
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              a great ikea product

              On a trip to Ikea last year i spotted the Mala Easel stood up in the entrance, and upon having a closer look i noticed the price was only £14.99 which seemed like a bargain as other easels i had seen were much more expensive. After a few minutes of umming and ahhing as my daughter was only to be turning two, i decided to buy one and put it away for her birthday, i also bought my friends little boy one for his 4th birthday.

              The easel is light coloured, and though i don't know what type of wood it is, it feels a little flimsy but it is in fact quite sturdy (if that makes sense). On one side of the easel is a blackboard surface and on the other is a whiteboard. The support bar for making the easel stand upright and steady doubles up as a tray which holds chalks if using the blackboard and can be turned round to store paint when using the whiteboard, and also the cloth for wiping out the chalk. The easel folds down for easy storage and is completely flat so this is great if you haven't much space.

              The whiteboard can be used with wipeable markers or paint, this is great for finger painting, and it wipes off so easily.

              The downside i have with this easel is there is that there is no fixings at the top to attach paper to it for painting. While i understand that the whiteboard is for this purpose, quite often my daughter wants to paint on paper. So, to attach paper i either have to use blue-tack or sellotape, however a couple of large bulldog clips may be ideal also.

              The recommended age for this is 3 years+ but i think if your child is tall enough when younger then definately go for it, as my daughter has had so many hours of fun with this, she loves chalking and painting so it has been a really good buy, and although she was just turned two when she received it i don't think she was too young for it and has such a long time to grow and develop with it.

              This would come with a high recommendation from me, as at £14.99 it is cheap but very good quality and it the pack of coloured chalksare just £1 so again not expensive and i think there was about 24 chalks in the box. It is great fun as well as educational for children, so all in all its a really good item to have!

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                17.06.2010 08:22
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                Really worth buying if you have small children

                My son was bought this easel for his birthday last year when he turned 4 and it has been an amazing product. At only £14.99 it is definitely a bargain and a point to note is that IKEA also sell packs of multicoloured chalk for around a pound as well.

                The easel is made of a light coloured wood and feels very secure. We currently have ours in the kitchen but it has been transported up and down the stairs and has shown no signs of any wear and tear at all.

                There are two sides to the easel. One side is your standard blackboard and the other is a whiteboard which you can draw on using washable markers. To be honest we haven't really used that side much and I tend to just attach paper on to the front of the blackboard id he decides he would like to do that. This is only due to laziness on my part as it's more faffing around to keep turning the easel every two minutes!

                Under the easel there is a tray which comes in very handy for storing all the chalk on. We also store a sponge on there which rubs off the chalk with just a little bit of water.

                My son used to really enjoy drawing and as such learnt to draw his first proper face on the easel, copying whilst someone else drew one on the other half of the board. These days now he is in reception at school we use the blackboard every Thursday night to practice his spellings in preparation for his test on a Friday morning. He enjoys doing this and it is handy to rub off if he ever makes any mistakes.

                I would definitely recommend this product to anyone with children. It is cheap but of good quality and can be used for both fun and educational purposes!

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                03.05.2010 14:27
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                A good buy at a good price.

                I brought this easel for my son last Christmas as he is really into drawing pictures and practising his writing of numbers.
                I had a £5 Ikea gift card to use and whilst I was pottering around the store I came across these easels at a reasonable price of £14.99. I decided to return nearer Christmas to purchase it which I did. They also sold a box of mixed coloured chalks at 99p and big rolls of paper at £2.99 which I brought to go with it.
                Something for others to note is that if you are purchasing for a gift then once you have paid you can use the brown paper near checkouts to wrap the easel, easier if two of you though due to size and shape.

                This easel has a light coloured wooden frame which slots into the bracket on the shelf so it stays erect and stands safely and secure.

                One side of easel is a black chalk board and the other side is a white board for use with washable marker pens.
                I must admit I have not let my son loose with marker pens on the white board as I fear if they go onto something other then the board like a wall it won't be too washable.

                The chalk board side has a little shelf tray with depth for holding chalks etc. I gave my son a sponge for cleaning the board which is also kept in this part. The board wipes clean easily with a little bit of water on the sponge.

                In between the two sides at the bottom there is a wooden rod where you can insert the roll of paper if you have it. It can then be fed up through the top and hung down one of the sides for use when painting or drawing with pencils or crayons. Again the shelf tray comes in handy for holding pots of paints and water. Always supervise your child when using else you may end up with painting or chalks somewhere other then the board or paper.

                I've found this easel to be a great buy and is constantly being used even if by myself to leave messages or pictures on it for my son lol.
                It is good for helping them with their writing as you can write something for them to copy, I do this with letters of the alphabet, If they go wrong it can be rubbed out easily.

                We keep the easel up all the time and it doesn't take up too much room and is light to move when hoovering around it.

                This was £14.99 well spent in my opinion and would recommend it as perfect for a child aged 3 and above.

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                  03.02.2010 11:22
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                  wonderful product couldn't ask for any more considering the price.

                  We bought this easel for our daughters second birthday, we had searched high and low for a simple wooden easel for a child her age all we could find were expensive adjustable easels intended for adult use or big cumbersome plastic things that aren't going to sit to nicely on the landfill site when their time is served.

                  The easel is good in construction all though one of the wooden latches on our original purchase needs a bit of jiggery pokery to get into place (we bought a second for the grandma's house) and has a number of practical features:

                  On one side is a white board for using wipeablw white board markers ( we've found washable felt tip pens also wipe off with a bit of soap)

                  On the other side is a black chalk board with a tray underneath to put your chalks.

                  Between the 2 boards is a spindle to put rolls of paper also available from ikea which you can then slide over either board for a paper surface to paint or crayon as you wish.

                  We've had the easel for a year now and it's still going strong despite being left in the garden for a rainy couple of weeks.

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                  11.01.2010 22:37
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                  Cheap, paper roll lasts ages.

                  We bought this easel for our daughter for her second birthday, even though the recommended age is 3+. We were aware that it would be too big, so bought the IKEA toddler step so that she would be able to reach.

                  She loves anything crafty, and this was such a reasonable price (£14.99) that we got it. We liked that it had a blackboard, whiteboard and that you could buy rolls of paper for drawing, and painting.

                  The rolls of paper are extra (£2.99) and fit on a wooden rod, the paper feeds up through the middle of the easel and can be used on either the blackboard or whiteboard. The paper seems to last for ages, and is also good for using outside for feet and handprints. It is very thick paper and copes well with the amount of paint that gets used.

                  We have used the easel both inside the house and outside in the garden. It goes outside in the summer so that there can be more freedom with the paint and I tend to use a clothes peg to hold the paper down so that it doesn't blow in the wind. This is obviously not an issue indoors.

                  Now that our youngest is older, the children are able to use one side each for drawing/chalk. It has lasted 18 months, and is still in very good condition. It has been used less this winter as we live in a smaller house so it has been put in the garage until the better weather.

                  The only drawback that i have found is that there is only a tray on one side of the easel. When using the blackboard there is no where to put the chalks. I know that this is because of how the easel folds, but a small lip to put chalks would have been very usefull.

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                  10.08.2009 23:35
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                  It is a great product-entertaining and educational-keeps the kids busy for hours

                  Every time we go to Ikea my son would run to children's area and start scribbling on the blackboard/whiteboard. That's when we decided we would buy the Ikea Mala Easel. Although it says it is for 3+ aged children, my son who was 2 then liked to use it. There are no small parts in it except the chalk/pens that can be left on it. But I usually make sure that they are kept away unless I am with him.
                  Its price is £14.99. But just when we wanted to buy it last year Ikea (Cardiff) had a huge sale and grabbed this for a great bargain of £7.99. Very impressed with the price and generally with the Ikea products we brought this home. It is sold folded and wrapped in a plastic cover and can easily fit in car boot. It was very easy to set up too- just unfold it and fit the storage compartment.
                  It is a two sided easel- one side is the blackboard for chalks and the other is the whiteboard for felt pens. It is made of wood and wouldn't say that it is very colourful and attractive for kids but I let my son stick some of his favourite character stickers over it just for fun. When we have some guests, we just fold it and keep it below my son's bed- it's that easy.
                  My son has enjoyed drawing, writing, scribbling on this ever since we bought it. It is a great educational tool and is very helpful for us to teach him too.

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                  07.06.2009 19:38
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                  a great value easel

                  I was looking for some new lounge furniture a few months ago, and happened upon the Ikea website. Along with some of the furniture I wanted to look at I spotted this easel for the bargain price of £12.99. I immediately thought it wouldn't stand up to much at that price and my other half dismissed it straight away. We were thinking of getting our daughter an easel for her to do drawing on, but weren't sure which one to get.
                  As we were paying a visit to Ikea anyway, we passed a stack of these easels in the warehouse on the way to the tills. I went to have a look and was suitable surprised at how sturdy they were looking on the floor. I called my other half over and he agreed in my opinion of the easel.
                  After a couple of minutes of pushing and prodding, we decided that it was worth paying the £12.99 for. Even if it only lasted a year then it would be money well spent.

                  The easel comes ready built but at 118cm high and 62cm wide, you should find it'll fit in the car with one of the seats down. I would imagine anyone visiting Ikea with an intention to buy would have provision for transporting furniture home any way, so and extra light weight piece wouldn't make too much difference.

                  We were pleased to realise when we first took the easel out of the packaging that it could be folded away when not in use if we needed to take advantage of saving space. I had a spot in the dining room in mind, so the plan was to let the easel stay up all the time for our daughter to use as and when she felt like it, but it was good to know the option was there.
                  It slots together easily by opening up and slotting the pencil tray into the grooves in the wood on the sides. These are obvious and no instructions are needed to find them.

                  Once together the easel provides you with a whiteboard and a blackboard. There is also a decent pencil tray which is fairly deep and we have found we can store chunky crayons in this without the risk of them spilling over the top of the tray which is a good plus.

                  We had forgotten to purchases any chalks or whiteboard markers, but to be honest I thought whiteboard markers were a bit dangerous in a toddlers hands so we have held off with these and instead use the whiteboard side for taping paper to and letting her use her crayons. This serves a much better purpose and we know that as she is scribbling away she has a great area that she can cover without doing any harm.
                  On the blackboard side, I have found it's appears good quality even after several uses. The chalk wipes off well and the board doesn't appear too stained or smudged even after you have tried to wash chalk remains off.

                  Overall we have been very impressed with this easel, especially for the price we paid for it. It hasn't been tipped over once despite crayons being used quite roughly on the paper. The wood is a decent smooth pine and we haven't found any rough edges that could contribute to any splinters being received from playing with the easel.
                  I really wasn't expecting too much for the money we paid, but it clearly was a bargain and if you're looking for a cheap easel you can't go wrong with this one.

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                    20.05.2009 12:34
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                    Great for letting little ones paint without getting their sleeves too messy

                    I have to admit that since the one opened close to us we frequently go there just so the kids can get meatballs. My friends and I tend to go on a Friday morning for coffee armed with our ikea family loyalty card so that we can get a free coffee or tea.

                    Anyway it must be nearly 3 years ago that we had gone and seen the chalk board easel and were so impressed that we bought it. We hadnt intended to buy anything fo the children but you know what it is like.

                    The easel its self is a fantastic idea. It is a white board on 1 side and a blackboard on the other. It has a wooden frame which is now multi coloured on ours due to the number of times it has been used. It can fold completely flat so that it can be stored in the cupboard under the stairs which is a great space saver. When you put it up the little trahy holds it stready and I have to say that it is really sturdy and secure. The tray is great for keeping pens or paints on while a child is being creative. There is also a long dowling pole which you can put a roll of ikea paper on. We also bought the little metal clips that hold the paper on rather than using the roll. We tend to have paper on both sides so that 2 children can paint at the same time.

                    When we bought this it was only £10, I think it is now about £13 but is still an excellent buy and must be one of the cheapest on the market, yet it is extremely good quality.

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                    20.10.2008 13:12
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                    My son had wanted an easel for ages so whilst shopping around looking at all of the different ones on the market we came across this one. It was in the childrens department at our local ikea. Made from solid wood that could be used to recycle I thought I was a good buy. We paid £13.99 for it a fraction of the cost of the others we had seen.

                    The easel itself looks like any other just being its made of wood instead of bright plastic like the others I have seen. The easel itself it quite light weight and stores flat for easy storage. When you open the easel it opens up into an A-line frame with a wooden tray in the middle which you can put your chalks, pens and cloth on. One side of the board it a black board for chalks and the other side it a white board where you can use pens. The only downside to this easle is the light wood frame, it can easily be coloured in and being wood it dosent wash off.

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                    Let the little Picaso exercise their creativity with this drawing - painting easel.