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We were gifted this item in exchange for coverage. Our daughter Daisy recently turned 3. As such she is at the perfect age for learning to draw, make marks and begin to practice writing letters. We have been sent a Casdon wooden easel which is a blackboard easel on one side and a magnetic wipe-clean easel on the other side.
Assembling the Casdon wooden blackboard easel
This blackboard easel comes flat packed and requires assembly. Initially, when I looked at the instructions, I was confident that I could build this no problem. Then I accidentally misread the instructions, tried to place the legs on the wrong way around and almost broke the easel in half in a rage. Luckily Thomas was on hand to help me take it apart and put it back together correctly.
In the box, you receive the four legs, a shelf, and then the easel, one side is a blackboard easel and the other is a magnetic wipe-clean surface that is ideal for little ones to draw on using a blackboard marker. You also receive 12 separate screws/fixings to place this together. Providing you follow the instructions this is really straightforward. When I built it incorrectly, and then looked back over the instructions, I realised my mistake. The legs were clearly shown as being 2 x A and 2 x B. Despite this I managed to mix them up and place them the wrong way around. When I showed my husband what I had done he was quickly able to see my mistake. So I assume the instructions ARE informative enough but I just wasn’t very observant that day.
When you build the Casdon wooden easel you place the legs on to the bottom of the easel and then lastly you screw the shelf into place. The shelf has four cut-out sections and you receive two water beakers that fit nicely in here. We have been using these water beakers to store the chalks that came with this set. There are also clips on both the blackboard easel side and the wipe-clean side, to hold paper for painting. These are strong, sturdy and simple for even little hands to use. You also receive a wiper, to clean the easel and there was a pen too. Daisy very quickly destroyed the pen, by constantly trying to write on the chalkboard easel side, but this wasn’t a design flaw of course – she is just very heavy handed as she is only 3.
What does Daisy think of this easel?
Daisy is on the tall side for a 3-year-old. This Casdon wooden easel, standing at 106cm, is an ideal height for her. There is plenty of room for growth still for her to be able to use this effectively. I think this is an ideal gift for children aged 3+.
If I am being critical of this toy I would say that the chalks are a little delicate. If Daisy drops one it will break in half, and this is really irritating for her. I have tried explaining that now her one chalk has turned into two chalks but she is more fixated on the fact that the chalk is broken.
What did I think of this easel?
Personally, I think this Casdon wooden easel is an ideal gift for a 3 to 5-year-old. It is sturdy, doesn’t move when Daisy is drawing on it and it is easy to clean if I need to. I love that there were accessories included with this so Daisy could start playing with it straight out of the box. We’ve had a few Casdon items before and Daisy is loving her Casdon Morphy Richards Kitchen Set (AD – Gifted).
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