The ultimate toys for children are those which stimulate their creativity, allowing them to use their imagination to interact with the world. Kids of all ages and ability levels love to paint and draw, using art as a way to express themselves and to make sense out of what is going on around them. One of the best things you can do for your little one is to encourage his or her natural urge to create; a pint-sized kids' art easel is the perfect way to introduce your child to the world of drawing and painting.
There are several different types of art easels to choose from. You may purchase an easel with a dry erase board, a chalk board, or a paper roll; some models combine all three for maximum versatility. To allow two children to create at the same time, you can opt for a two-sided easel. Most easels have trays to hold paint cups, chalk, erasers, and markers; look for trays that are removable for easy cleanup. For a kids art easel that grows with your child, you may decide to buy an adjustable model that can be raised or lowered as appropriate. Most free-standing easels can be folded away for storage when not in use; wall-mounted easels are perfect for smaller spaces and waiting rooms. The most important consideration, of course, is safety - it is well worth spending a little extra to be sure that your art easel is sturdy and child-friendly.
There are hundreds of different children's easels available, at varying price ranges. The models listed here are some of our favorites.
Kidkraft Artist Easel with Paper - Kidkraft combines their signature sturdy construction with versatility; this easel comes with a white board, chalk board, two storage trays, paper roll, and paint cups. Assembly required.
Alex Artist Easel - This classic easel is a Doctor Toys 100 Best Toys Award winner. This collapsible easel folds for under-the-bed or closet storage; comes with sturdy, wooden paper cutter, paper roll, and easel clips; features a chalk board on one side and a magnetic dry-erase board on the other.
Guidecraft 4-in-1 Flipping Floor Easel - A great multi-use easel, one side features a chalkboard and the other side features a magnetic dry erase board. The drawing panel quickly "flips" from chalkboard to magnetic dry erase board, bringing the paper roll along for the ride.
Nilo "Theasel" Easel - A magnetic wipe-off board, art board, felt board and puppet theater all in one, the Nilo Theasel is sure to provide hours of creative fun. Includes paper roll, magnetic letters and numbers, and 10 squares of felt for cutting into fun shapes.