Getting creative is a great way to keep everyone occupied if you're staying at home.
Painting and drawing is great fun, helps children develop their motor skills and even we can sneak in a little enjoyment for ourselves by showing off our own art skills. Finding the best art easels for toddlers and children on websites like Amazon can take a while, but here at Kidadl, we've done all the hard work for you.
So whether you're looking for the best toddler easels with magnetic letters or the top double-sided easel for kids, we've got the perfect solution.
Kidadl's Top Pick
All our recommended easels have the stamp of approval from parents - but if you're particularly short on time, here's our top pick.
1. Wesimplelife Kids Art Easel Wooden Easel
We love the streamlined design of this art easel for kids. It's height-adjustable up to 125cm so should last as your child grows, and we particularly like that it already comes with a children's painting apron and other accessories so you don't need to shop around for extra. Parents find it sturdy and easy to put together, so it's a good investment for your child from the age of three.
- Price: £59.98
- Age: 3+
- Includes green chalkboard and whiteboard
- Wooden shelf and tray for chalkboard
- Anti-skid covers on legs
- Children's overall included as well as eraser and pack of chalk
Best For Early Years
2. Chad Valley PlaySmart Interactive Magnetic Easel
It's a magical moment when your baby or toddler discovers the joy of drawing and painting, but the thought of messy paint can be a worry. This great-value easel for toddlers is the perfect solution, as it's magnetic so there's no risk of spillages. Attention spans can be short at this age, but the colourful buttons and interactive sounds should keep them occupied for that little bit longer as well as teach them about letters, numbers, words and counting. However, they'll need to use it while sitting or kneeling, so it probably won't be suitable when they're older and want to stand more often.
- Price: £25
- Age: Suitable from 18 months
- Helps children learn their numbers, letters and some words
- English and Spanish modes
- Removable legs for easy travel
Best For Under 5s
3. Elk & Bear Art Easel For Kids
At 76cm high, this easel is a good size for toddlers and younger children. It has two sides (one whiteboard, one chalkboard), has a carry handle at the top and is easy to fold away. It's exclusive to Amazon but it's so sturdy (and plastic-free) that it comes with a lifetime guarantee from the manufacturers, so you can be fairly certain that it will last (until your child is too tall, that is).
- Price: £39.99
- Age: 3-5
- 76cm high, so definitely for smaller children
- Includes magnetic letters, dry-erase pen and eraser, chalk
- Colourful, simple design and tray
Best For Under 10s
4. Arkmiido 4in1 Wooden Kid's Art Easel
We love the stylish appearance and multi-functionality of this easel stand for kids. It's double sided so you can use it as a whiteboard and achalkboard (great for two little artists), and there's also a paper roll at the top. There's a huge amount of storage for art supplies in cute coloured boxes and cups, and the height goes up to 140cm so it should really last a long time as it can grow with your children.
- Price: £59.68
- Age: 4+
- Adjustable height between 75cm and 140cm
- One side whiteboard, the other chalkboard
- Clip on the whiteboard side if you want to use paper
- Two large storage boxes and three large storage cups
- Great range of accessories, including one roll of paper, 81 wooden magnets, one sponges, six fridge magnets and six magnetic buttons
- Foldable (just remove the baskets)
Best Easel For Two Children
5. Top Bright Children's Painting Easel and Blackboard
One of the best reasons to buy an easel is that you can easily entertain two children at once. Most easels will come with two sides, but we love this one because if you're looking for a magnetic easel for toddlers, you're in luck: both the blackboard and whiteboard are magnetic (although note there are only two small round magnets included). There's also the paper roll on the top if you're looking for a painting easel for toddlers, and the desk in between the two boards is also super handy. Out of all the kids art easels we looked at, this is definitely one of the sturdier ones that we found, justifying the slightly higher price tag.
- Price: £64.99
- Age: 3-6
- Adjustable height between 97cm and 112cm
- Magnetic whiteboard and blackboard
- Non-slip foot covers keep it still
Best All-Round Easel
6. Hape Magnetic All In 1 Easel
This chalkboard easel for toddlers also has a whiteboard, but it's particularly good for painting too. As well as the paper roll on top, there are screw-down clamps to keep the paper flat and in place and three large paint pots are included. We particularly like that it's a doddle to assemble, but note that it's not foldable, so you'll need the space to store it.
- Price: £60
- Age: 3+
- Double-sided with chalk board on one side and magnetic white board on the other
- Three height levels
- Very simple to put together
Best Compact Easel
7. Melissa and Doug Wooden Double-Sided Tabletop Easel
Sometimes a table-top easel is the best option, and this one from Melissa & Doug is the best we found. It has a magnetic whiteboard on one side and a chalkboard on the other, and folds flat so it's a handy drawing easel for toddlers when you're on the go. We really like that it comes with loads of accessories, so you don't have to buy everything separately.
- Price: £34.99
- Age: 3+
- Comes with dry-erase marker for the dry-erase board, felt eraser, five coloured chalk sticks, 15-metre paper roll and 36 magnets
- Great for travel or if you don't have much space
Best For Families On A Budget
8. Toy Universe Easel
Buying an easel needn't be too pricey, and this one is an absolute bargain. With both a chalkboard and whiteboard side, it's also got some detachable hints you can add to the top if your child isn't sure where to get started with their writing or drawing. It also contains a tray to keep those pens and chalks handy. It's not adjustable and isn't the sturdiest design, but we still think it's good value for a very low price.
- Price: £12.50
- Age: 3+
- Includes whiteboard and chalkboard
- Available in blue and pink
Best Kids' Easel For Inside And Outside
9. Amosting Easel Kids Adjustable Art Easel
This Amosting easel may look a little busy in comparison to its streamlined counterparts, but it does have a fair amount of features. It's easy to set up and fold flat as well as being waterproof, so it's handy for taking in and out of the home. Both the chalkboard and whiteboard sides are magnetic, and we love that so many accessories are already included. The 360-degree rotation feature makes it stand out so your child can easily switch to the other board, however we suspect it may cause arguments if two kids try to use it at once!
- Price: £59.99
- Age: 3+
- 360-degree, two-sided board
- Waterproof and durable plastic
- Magnet stickers, markers, chalks, chalk holder and dry eraser all included
- Adjustable height up to 107cm
Most Stylish Children's Art Easel
10. Plum Discovery Create and Paint Easel
If you want an easel exclusively to use outside and have some money to spend, then we've found the best painting easel for you. It's got a perspex painting screen that's easy to clean and comes with tinker pots and storage holders for brushes, paints and garden trinkets. What's brilliant about this easel for children is that it doubles up as a mini growing station to help teach them the basics of gardening, and we also love the cute bamboo wind chimes to give off a calming vibe!
- Price: £150
- Age: 3+
- Made from FSC sustainably sourced wood
- Bamboo wind chimes attached
- Great for budding artists to get inspired from nature
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