We bought our eldest child a chalkboard/whiteboard/art easel when he was about 18 months old. It has been in use ever since for the last 14 years. It has featured in endless games and taken up residence in every room in the house at some point. Three children learned their letters, numbers and shapes on it and I kept my hand in with some white board/blackboard writing practice.
However, after long and valiant service it has been left out in the garden once too often and has turned up its toes. This made Bonus Boy very sad and me feel a bit rubbish.
So, as you can imagine, we were both over the moon when Letterbox sent us our first review product (we are official reviewers and have done a happy dance and a lot of smiling about that I can tell you!)
It is SO much better than the one we had before! It’s wide enough to accommodate two people at once, it has a chalkboard on one side and a magnetic whiteboard on the other. It has an abacus and a clock as well as a printed alphabet. It has a tray to hold all your bits and bobs, but BEST of all, it has a roll of paper which you can pull down and clip on and draw or paint fantastic pictures on to brighten Mummy’s day!
Everyone has had a play. I’m not allowed to show photographs of very large children using it because that might incriminate them but use it they have! They have spent time playing with it with Bonus Boy and have written messages to various family members upon it. Darling Girl has drawn some beautiful pictures on it, there have been games of Hangman and Battleships; I am delighted with it!
The only thing I would change would be to have the alphabet in lower case letters as that is how children begin reading but it is a minor point. I am so pleased that it is made of wood as very large pieces of plastic give me the heebie jeebies, it was incredibly easy to assemble and I am very happy to have it in my house.
With so many toys on the market it can be difficult to see the wood for the trees. There are very few which stand the test of time and many see the inside of a charity bag or end up at the car boot almost as soon as their packaging comes off. You can’t go wrong with an easel, it really does stand the test of time, it is versatile and encourages imaginative play and creative learning. This one from Letterbox is a gem and I cannot recommend it highly enough!