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Product: Casdon Wooden Easel for Kids
Price: £30.00 RRP
Age Range: 3 years+
Manufacturer’s Description: Traditional, wooden framed easel with chalkboard surface and a magnetic, wipe clean side for no-mess drawing. Includes clips to attach paper for painting, plus 2 x water beakers, chalk and wiper. Height 106 Cm’s
Review: The girls both really enjoy drawing and crafting, and so when we were offered a traditional style wooden easel to review, I was very pleased to accept. They have been delighted with it!
The Casdon easel comes flat packed but is really easy to put together and it can be done by one person with a crosshead screwdriver. It just takes twelve screws / bolts to fix the legs and tray into place, and the instructions are clearly printed on the back of the box. The legs do all have to go in the right places so be wary of that – they aren’t all exactly the same.
Inside the box you get: the top half of the easel, four leg pieces, the tray, a box of chalk, a board eraser, two paint beakers, and a whiteboard marker. It is a fixed easel rather than a folding one, so once assembled there is no chance of it collapsing by accident and trapping little fingers in hinges.
This is a two sided easel, with a chalkboard on one side, and a magnetic whiteboard on the other. Both sides have two plastic clips at the top, to hold a sheet of paper in place for painting or drawing. The girls have been having a great time doing “drawing challenges” with each other, so it’s handy that the clips are on both sides, so they can both use it with paper at the same time.
The paint pots both have non spill inserts and lids which is handy for containing the mess around kids, and slot into holes in the tray. There are four holes, so we’ve popped a few of the girls’ old plastic beakers into the other two holes to hold their collection of dry erase pens. The whiteboard pen lid has both an eraser and a magnet so you can keep it safe on the whiteboard, and clean it with it too.
With the whiteboard side being magnetic, our long neglected tubs of magnetic letters and numbers were able to come out from the back of a drawer and the girls have been enjoying using them again, to practise spelling and sums. The tray is a good size so we can now store the tubs on the middle of the tray for easy access.
At 6 years and 8 years old, the girls are probably in the upper age limit for an easel of this height, but having said that Lydia can use it comfortably whilst standing up, and Georgie is quite happy to use it whilst sitting or kneeling down, so I don’t think they are going to let the height stop them!
We used to have an easel, exactly the same type in fact, but at the time the living room was doubling up as my office space as well as our living and playroom area and so floor space was at a premium. Although it doesn’t take up loads of room, and can be tucked away in a corner when not in use, at the time a lot of their toys were quite bulky and we just ran out of space.
We ended up donating it to the girls’ nursery so they could enjoy it there with their friends instead, and it’s great to be able to give the girls a replacement now which we’ll be keeping for a good while. The nursery got several years of daily use out of it before they were forced to close down, so they definitely put it through it’s paces there, and Lydia got to use it a lot even though it wasn’t at home anymore!
The easel is well made and doesn’t feel flimsy or cheap, and is certainly sturdy enough to put up with children bumping into it or leaning on it as they draw.
The only issue we’ve had had been with the chalk breaking easily – it arrived well protected in the box with padding, and with all the sticks in one piece, but both the girls and James have had them snap easily with very little pressure. We had our fab chalksticks to hand so it wasn’t a huge deal for us, but it is worth keeping in mind – if I was going to buy one of these for a gift, I’d consider also gifting some extra colours of whiteboard markers, and a set of chalks – probably chalksticks!
Overall we have been very pleased with the easel and it’s a great way to encourage children to be creative and practise their fine motor skills and handwriting too. We give the Casdon wooden easel a 5 star rating.