There is an artist inside all of us isn’t there? Especially those little ones who love to see the smile on your face when they paint you the next Starry Night masterpiece. Melissa and Doug are known for their high quality toys in general but this standing easel has a ton of great features. It folds up for storage and it comes with a child safe paper cutter, chalk and dry erase boards, a paper roll holder, and clips. Two children can use the easel at the same time which is very convenient for siblings and the board/trays come off for easy clean-up. The removable trays/boards are one of those things you never knew you needed until you have it. In addition,the height of the easel is adjustable and can be increased as your child grows. It is suggested for ages 3+.
Amazon is currently selling it for $44 with free shipping which seems like a very fair deal.
note: both reviewers and people I know who have this product said that the chalkboard is tough to write on sometimes and they painted it with chalkboard paint and it works much better. I leave that to judge for yourself though – some didn’t have any problems at all!