By Ikea

Reviewed for Preschool, 2009

Mala Art Easel

An easel can easily set you back fifty bucks. This nice wooden one is an absolute steal at just $15. A whiteboard on one side, a chalkboard on the other, it's perfect for beginner scribbles or magnetic letters, as children work their brains and hand muscles in preparation for writing and reading. Want to work some more creativity into the mix? Add the optional paper roll for another $5, set some cups of paint on the bright red tray beneath, and let your child go at it, Picasso style! (Ikea, $14.99)