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I bought this easel for my daughter's 2nd birthday as she was mad on Thomas the tank and really enjoyed drawing so i thought this would make an excellent present.
The easel is easy to put together and once the legs are fully attached it is quite sturdy but it takes up a lot of room.
I bought the easel from the ELC in the sale and managed to get it for half price £24.99 so i thought i had myself a real bargain. Once my daughter began drawing on the easel i was suprised at how cheaply made it actually was. The chalk snapped with only very little pressure and the board itself wouldnt clean properly after a few uses. On the other side of the chalk board is a white board and my daughter enjoyed this a lot more than the chalking side. I recommend fastening paper to the board if using the pens that come with it though as the pens mark the board and make it difficult to clean.
Although my daughter enjoyed using the easel i believe that i could of saved money and bought a cheaper version and it would of lasted longer.
On the positive side the easel came with a large art pack containing stickers, magnets, pens, crayons and chalks and my daughter absolutely loved playing with the magnets.
I wouldnt recommend this item unless you manage to get it for half price like i did as you could get yourself one a lot cheaper that probably would be a lot better quality.
When I purchased this easel it was marked at half price £24.99 rather than £49.99. As my little boy loves Thomas and his room is decorated in it I thought I would get the Easel for him.
It is the classic Thomas colours of blue and red and very easy to put together. You just attach the big red legs to the easel itself and away you go. It has 3 legs on it that are moveable so you can adjust for height and when all 3 legs are placed into position the easel is quite sturdy. You wouldn't be able to stand the easel against a wall as when you fold the back leg in it is a little longer than the others so would easily topple over.
The Easel comes with a board that you attach to the blue framing via the big grey clip at the top. One side is a chalk board and the other side is a dry wipe board. In the pack you also get the wipe board markers and lots of chalks, wax crayons, stickers and a board eraser. Great in theory but not that easy for my little boy to swap around on his own. The chalk board is ok but after a few scribbles you can't wipe it all off properly and the chalks break easily and in our case get trodden into the carpet. The wipe board markers are decorated in the thomas theme and are of ok quality but again when writing on the board the pen doesn't fully come off when wiped.
Overall I wouldn't recommend you to buy this unless you could get it for less than £10.00. I can't believe that anyone would have bought it for £49.99!!! It is expensive for what it is and not of great quality either. The only bonus is you get some free crayons, stickers, and drawing pad with it.
My son got this as a Christmas present last year and he was very excited to get it opened up and start using it but after a couple of days he did not use it that much just a couple of times a month. The easel requires you to attach the legs onto it but this only takes a few minutes and the height can be altered to suit your child. The easel is double sided so you can either put it to the chalk board side or a white board which can be used to draw on with the pens which come with the easel or to put magnets on. It can be quite difficult to change to board around so we tend to need two people to manage to turn it.
Chalk and a duster are provide but the chalk seems to break very easily so we have loads of tiny bits which are not big enough to draw with so we had to go and buy more chalk. There is a tray at the front of the easel where the chalk can be kept but if the chalk is broken it is very hard to get them out! My son tends to prefer using the white board side as there is more functions for it. He can either draw, play with magnets or place paper onto it and paint or use the crayons which are provide with the easel. The pens you get with the easel do not tend to work very well so yet again we had to invest in better pens. Sheets of colouring pictures are provided for your kid to either colour in or paint as well as a Thomas stencil.
Although the easel comes with a duster the chalk board can appear quite dirty after a few times of using it as well as the white board which is very difficult to get all the pen marks off. Over all I would not recommend anyone to buy this product as although it comes with a lot of different accessories it takes up a lot of space and is difficult to keep clean. My niece has a standard chalk board which is a lot better and cleans up no bother. Also it takes up a lot less space compared to the thomas easel which is very chunky.
We bought this for Christmas tow years ago as my son loved playing with an easel set up at ELC. This was on special for £19.99 and it did come with a huge art pack attached. There were markers, crayons, chalk, pastels, and water colours included, as well as a pack of Thomas the tank magnets.
The easel itself is very large and really does take up alot of room. It has three red plastic legs which slide into the back, and slide out quite often.
It also has three grey feet which dont attach very well and fall off constantly. The chalk board itself is rather poor as well, but the white board is nice to draw on or play with all magnets. My son has the elc alphabet magnets too, and this was our main use for this easel. Both boys have also enjoyed the Thomas the tank magnets.
That said the magnets are still out but the rest of this is in the attic as it falls apart so much it doesn't get used often and it does take an awful lot of room. It does get very frustrating for small children to be busy working on an art project or something and have it fall collapse. The baby has leaned forward a bit playing with this and had it all fall down, causing him to fall too.
The only redeeming factor was that the art set was over 100 pieces and I have seen these sell for £19.99 alone. The magnets were also nice. I am thinking of tring to hang the whiteboard part on the wall and toss the rest. Still the main impressions I have of this item are tha it frustrated the children, caused the little one to get hurt, and I personally hate toys that fall apart easily. I have given 2 star for the art set, which actually was very good, but I certainly do not reccomend this toy.
==Thomas The Tank Engine Easel and Accessories==
The Thomas The Tank Engine Easel was bought for Jack from his Nana (Himself's Mum) for Christmas just gone and to be truthfully honest I don't really like the thing and Jack has not played with it that much either.
As I say this item was a present for Jack so I am not too sure how much was actually paid for it but having a quick look on the internet, I can see you can get the Easel for around £30 (if you really wanted to). I don't think this is an especially good price for an item like this as I have seen much nice two sided wooden easels for half the price.
The Easel itself is a large plastic legged item which has the ability to have a chalk board or a white board but for this you need to struggle to turn the board over and clip it back into position. It is a very large chunky item which did take a little while to put all of the plastic bits together and I took an instant dislike to it as I struggle to assemble it and thought it looked ugly.
Not only does it have a chalk board and a white board, but it comes with a ton of accessories which can be used with the easel. There are tons of different Thomas The Tank stickers which can be stuck onto the white board and easily peeled off and there are some other sticks which are designed to decorate the easel itself. These are all different characters from the show and include other trains along with Thomas and The Fat Controller or Sir Topham Hat whichever we are meant to call him nowadays.
The other accessories include some different coloured markers which are for use on the white board, an assortment of coloured chalks to write on the chalk board with, some felt tip pens and some paints which you can use with the ton of colouring in sheets that accompany the set.
There really does seem like a lot of items with this product although I find most of them lacking in some way. I thought that the felt tips pens were cheap as they didn't last very long and dried up much quicker than any other pens we have had and also the lids didn't fit on very well. The chalk was easily broken and the paints were difficult to get any real colour from.
We also had trouble with keeping the three legged easel upright as jack was forever knocking it down and the legs would continually fall off.
Once both the white board and the chalk board had been used a few times, it looked very dirty and didn't clean up very well especially when using the board wiper included. I did get a cloth and some hot soapy water to try to bring it up clean again but this didn't work overly well either.
So thankfully I have now been able to break the leg off of the easel and put it in the rubbish bin and Jacks room now looks far better without this stuck in the corner. I did feel slightly guilty as it was a present which he hasn't had that long but on the whole it was a large chunk of plastic that didn't look good and didn't overly work well.
I think if I was going to get him another easel, I would try and get a nice looking wooden one which has two sides all the time and of a bit better quality. I think with this item, you are really paying for the fact that it is a Thomas item rather than the fact it is a high quality piece.
I wouldn't recommend it and I think a score of 1 out of 5 stars is really generous!
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.