Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Art Easel {review & giveaway} CLOSED

With cool weather upon us, our family has been spending a lot of time in doors. With five children indoors, we are often busy doing fun crafts, playing games or looking for creative ways to occupy time without just watching TV. I would rather the kids do something with their time rather than just loafing around on the days when outside play does not permit.

Little D (my 5 year old daughter) is a big time crafty kind of girl. She loves to make things, paint, draw, and do anything with crafts. When Melissa & Doug offered to send me a Deluxe Wooden Easel and Easel Companion Set for review I knew Little D would love it. Actually I knew Mr. M (my 3 year old son) would like it too, I was just not sure how much I trusted him with paints!

Melissa & Doug is a brand of educational toys that has been trusted for years among parents and educators. Melissa & Doug has toys for everyone, with nearly 1000 unique and exciting products for children of all ages!

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Art Easel

The Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Easel is a double-sided, wooden easel that features chalk- AND dry erase-boards. The Wooden Easel features an adjustable height which is really nice for children of all ages to enjoy. Between the chalk and dry erase boards is the locking paper roll holder which holds the paper roll used for painting or drawing. Each side of the Easel has a plastic tray to hold and store art supplies. Four clips are also included to hold paper while the artist is at work!

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Art Easel Review

Included Paper Clips For Securing Paper

The Wooden Easel was easy to assemble. Actually my 13 year old son had it put together in about 15 minutes or so. Once put together it was sturdy on carpet flooring and on kitchen tile flooring.

The dry erase side has been a great tool for teaching my three year old how to write. We have been using it for a few weeks now to practice letters and numbers. The dry erase marker that comes with the Easel Companion Set wipes off easily and did not stain the surface at all.

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Art EaselThe Easel Companion Set includes everything the little artist needs to get creative! Four eight ounce bottles of vibrant poster paint (R/B/Y/G), four spill-proof paint cups, four medium sized brushes, a roll of easel paper, a 10-pack of jumbo rainbow chalk, an eraser, AND a dry erase marker.

I was very worried Mr. M would make a mess with the paint, which he did, but the thick paint was very easy to clean up! We had drops of blue and red on the kitchen floor and on the living-room carpet. The paint on the kitchen floor peeled right off and the paint on my carpet came up with my steam machine fairly easy.

Overall I am very happy with the Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Easel! It was easy to put together, affordable, and seems to be made very well. My children have enjoyed painting, drawing, and practicing writing. We have used the Easel inside and on our back porch. The Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Art Easel is light-weight enough that it can be moved and can be folded for easy storage. It has held up well to the abuse from my rowdy three year old son very well.

Seem like a toy your child  would enjoy? The Deluxe Floor-Standing Wooden Easel is $79.99 and can be purchased here. The Easel Companion Set is $34.99 and can be purchased here.

Melissa & Doug has kindly offered to give away a Deluxe Wooden Easel and Companion Set to one luck Shopping Mom reader!

{The Giveaway}

One lucky reader is going to win a Deluxe Wooden Art Easel and Companion Set! $115 Value! Open to US residents only. Any household that has won a Melissa & Doug Giveaway in the past 12 months is not eligible for this giveaway.

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