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After being given an IKEA MÅLA Easel by my friend Scott last year (passed onto us after being used by his two kids), I recently set it up for my little one for the very first time. With a dry-erase whiteboard on one side and a blackboard on the other, my daughter loves it – particularly the blackboard. What I was surprised to learn is that the MÅLA is available new from IKEA for only $14.99, which is why I felt compelled to share my thoughts here on The Rock Father™.

easel1Having seen similar easels and art stations priced at $25 and up, getting one for under $15 is a great deal for budget-conscious parents.

With it’s wood frame able to be folded flat for convenient storage, the MÅLA is both lightweight and space-saving.

My daughter has been enjoying the blackboard on a daily basis, and we’ve actually been using a 52ct. Carton of Crayola Sidewalk Chalk (perfect for toddler hands) as her instruments of choice. 

If you have an IKEA nearby (these aren’t available to order online), the MÅLA is definitely worth a look for your budding artist. 

Product info: IKEA USA Website