I recently purchased this art easel from IKEA. One side is a chalkboard and the other is a dry erase board. It doesn’t come with chalk or markers, but with a dowel to attach a roll of paper. This particular easel was $15! I love using an art easel in play therapy.
Easels are perfect for children from age 2 and older. Children love using their imagination and enjoy art expression. School age children enjoy using it as pretend play as a teacher. Oftentimes, I find myself writing on it too!
Art and free expression is left out of many educational programs these days due to the heavy focus on academics. Children need time during the day to express themselves artistically and relieve stress.
This particular easel folds up nicely that makes it easy to store under a bed or in a small space. When I need more space in my office, I can fold it up and slide it between my desk and the wall. The frame is made of unfinished wood, which can be painted or decorated easily. I am thinking about painting mine soon!
Visit IKEA’s website here for more information.