Melissa and Doug Deluxe Standing Easel Review
Fun for Little Artists
The Melissa and Doug Deluxe Standing Easel is a wonderful educational and entertaining toy for young children. This product is recommended for children ages 3 years and up, and is a perpetual favorite gift every Christmas for the youngsters. This easel offers hours of fun and creativity while also functioning as a learning tool for kids.
A significant benefit to purchasing a Melissa and Doug product is that their toys are built to last and as such have won numerous parenting and "best toy" awards through the years. The wooden easel is sturdy and durable. I love wood toys and they definitely last longer than their plastic counterparts. This particular toy has hundreds of positive reviews on Amazon so you know that parents have been happy with their purchase. If anything, the only complaint about this product is that the chalkboard, in the past, has been difficult to write on. Melissa and Doug replaced the chalkboard for consumers, indicating that this is a company committed to customer satisfaction.
Here are some of the positive reviews about this product:
Customer: "My 3 and 6 year old girls received this from their Aunt for Christmas 2010. They've been using it everyday since then. My 9 year old niece even plays on it whenever she comes over. They are constantly drawing on the whiteboard and chalkboard. We bought a packet of colored whiteboard markers with eraser. They love this thing!"
Customer: "I found this easel and it seemed to combine most of the best qualities and none of the worst qualities of any I had seen. I was searching for durability, price, and storage of supplies. This easel has all you will need for a very reasonable price...great buy."
Customer: "I bought this for my kids the Christmas of '07. My little boy was 3 and my daughter was 7. My daughter used it to 'teach' her cousins and brother daily. Now, in 2011, both boards are still being used. The kids are too big now for an easel so we've taken the framed boards and hung them up on the wall. My little man still draws on the constantly!"
The Melissa and Doug Deluxe Standing Easel provides two artistic stations. This is great if you have more than one child interested in playing with the easel at one time. One side is a chalkboard and the other is a dry erase marker board. In between the boards is a butcher paper roller which allows paper to slide through and get fastened on either side if children want to create a picture that can later be hung on the wall. The compartments and storage areas allow children to paint and draw with several different kinds of art supplies. The standing easel provides children with ample opportunity for artistic expression as well as experimentation with colors and shapes.
Along the top of the easel are clips that hold smaller pieces of artwork. This is a great place for painted drawings to dry until they are ready for display. The deluxe standing easel also comes with a paper cutter that is safe for children to use. The only down side to the standing easel is that the paper and other art accessories are not included. Amazon offers art sets by Melissa and Doug, such as the Easel Companion Set and Paper 3 Pack that complement the easel. They can easily be ordered at the same time as the easel. The Easel also has adjustable height as well.
Cleanup is easy with the Melissa and Doug Deluxe Standing Easel. The storage trays detach from the easel for a quick wash in the sink. It is advised to only use washable paints with the easel to make it simple to clean. You can also put the easel away because it folds down for storage purposes.
- Product Weight: 20 lbs
- Product Dimensions (inches): 27 x 26 x 47n
- The Melissa and Doug Deluxe Standing Easel comes packaged in Amazon's frustration-free packaging which means that the product is protected in transit but free of the annoying plastic clamshells and wire ties.
Should I Buy the Melissa and Doug Deluxe Standing Easel?
If you have young children who enjoy drawing, coloring, or painting, the standing easel from Melissa and Doug is a sound choice this holiday season. As a fun toy that allows cognitive and motor skills development, the easel makes a great gift for Christmas 2011. The Melissa and Doug Deluxe Standing Easel retails for around $55 on Amazon, and the only drawback is the need to purchase art supplies separately--this is not a big deal since Amazon offers complementary sets: Melissa & Doug Easel Accessory Set and Melissa & Doug Deluxe Easel Paper (3 pack bundle).