Platinum Choice Award Winner
Overall 10
Play Value 10
Cost Value 9
Design 10
Quality 9
Parent Appeal 10
Educational Value 10
Safety 10

DigiArt Creative Easel™

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Age:3-6 years
MSRP:$64.99 ca
$54.99 us
Model:80-193500
Batteries:
4 x AA (Not Included)
Editor's Review

A great space-saving design that switches between an easel or a sit down desk. Super versatile for traditional whiteboard/chalkboard play, with an added bonus that it also features an electronic drawing grid programmed to help your child practice writing letters, numbers, shapes with other designs to trace, too. NOTE: We had one sample returned with greyish smears on the white board and marker drawings all over the toy. For the most part we were able to clean it up with some whiteboard cleaner, but some faint staining did remain, so probably best not to leave marker on for prolonged periods of time. 

Tester Reviews

KIDS:

I like writting letters and numbers. It's like doing homework like my brother. And I like that you can flip from table to easel. Aiden (M3)

I like that you can draw whatever you want with chalk or marker or computer. My favourite thing to do is guess the shape. I like the music it plays. My brother and I could play together. I like that when you play a game someone else can draw at the same time. I drew pictures in chalk on the back and in marker on the front. My brother (8) liked to play with the computer part. I really liked that you could draw with the cubes. That was super cool. Also I liked the free draw so I could make whatever I wanted to. Sometimes the games, like the shapes one, was one was hard because the shapes were hard to tell what they were. And I didn't like that it came with 3 chalks but only one marker. I wish it had more markers. And an eraser. Siobhan (F5)

I like that it can bend into a table, that it comes with a marker, that you can use the pen to make the red squares light up. It also has some legs so that it can stand and you don't have to bend down or sit down to draw on it. It's fun! It should come with more marker colors. You can play really fun. Samantha (F5)

This is so cool! I can practice writing my A,B,Cs! Sara (f5) 

I like pushing all the little dots with the magic pen and I like colouring with chalk and markers. Chaya (f3) 

I loved the lights on the board and I really liked the talking voice helping me write and play games. I liked drawing on the board and also learning to write letters and numbers. Playing the games was fun too. I like playing with it because I like to learn and also I like to play teacher too. I wanted even more games to play and more lessons to learn. Mia (F5)

ADULTS:

Very good toy - one of the best we've tested so far for holding our child's overall interest with good long term play value. Good variety in the ways you can play and interact with the toy. Good blend between an Electonic toy and basic art easle - offers many ways to play and sparks the children's imagination and learning skills. Good integration of the electronics into the white board of the toy - fairly easy to change from easle to desk although needs adult assistance for this for sure. Nothing broke although I can see the chord that holds the electronic pen going at some point just because it's so short and thin. Would highly recommend this toy - we will probably buy one ourselves. Craig Bobbie

This easel offers it all. It's not a typical straight forward easel. You have the option of drawing with a marker, with chalk or with an electronic pen. While in computer mode you can also listen to music or play a game. My daughter loved the variety offered by this toy. My daughter (5) enjoys switching activities quickly and this easel is perfect for her. She will switch from the markers to the blackboard to a game on the computer in one play session. Once she played all the games she did become less interested in that part of the easel but continued to be drawn to the free style drawing, white board and black board. She has really enjoyed the height of this toy as it is perfect for her and it is easy for her to operate. She knows how to turn it on and off and use all the games. Drawing comes naturally. The easel is strong enough that it doesn't move when she is drawing which is surprising because it is actually quite light. It is easy to put together and to switch to another activity, if needed. So far we have kept it as a white board and if she wants to draw on the back in chalk she can. It would have been nice if other markers were included. I love the soft elevator music! It's so soothing and relaxing compared to a lot of the other background music on toys. The padding provided on the feet was a wonderful surprise as was the inclusion of batteries! The easel is a nice space saving shape. It seems big but actually doesn't take up much room on the floor which is always appreciated! A great versatile toy that offers a lot of play value. Susan Chaves

I love this easel. My son (3) still  plays with it constantly. At first I was dissapointed that the digital part is only about 5x7, it did not bother my son at all and he just loves to write up his letters and numbers. Its really the digital part that attracts my son's attention. Its almost like a computer to him. He chooses the design he wants to draw and off he goes. We also let him loose with a bunch of colored dry markers that we added to make it more fun for him. Love that you can flip from easel to table. Its hard to flip at first, but once you get the hang of it, it gets easier. It keeps sonmy  busy for a long period of time and it's very kid-Friendly. While I do home work with my oldest, my little boy loves to take his easel and do «his home work» learning how to draw and write. It is definitely a winner in our home. I like that he's learning step by step how to write the letters, numbers, straight lines and different shapes by following the red lights. I'm definitely thinking of buying one. Annie Deveau

Great toy that received tons of playtime, everyday by every child (F3, F5, and F8). They mostly preferred the white board for free draw, as opposed to the table top. F5 was particularly interested in the feature where you turn it on and use a special pen to copy the designs, letters, etc on the white board (there is a square that has red lights that light up for you to follow the pattern). She also enjoyed the free draw portion of that too where the red lights would light up to where she drew. It was accompanied by enjoyable classical music, as opposed to a repetitious annoying tune. A green cap fell off one of the screws early on but did not affect play or safety. Could not completely clean off the marker stains from the white board, the control pad, or the compartment in front of it where you can place chalk, markers etc. It was a great toy but I was surprised that I could not remove all the marker stains. We would have liked a larger area for the lights to light up, but seldom have I found a toy that offered such great play value, versatilty, and interest. All of them, ages 3, 5, and 8 enjoyed playing with it everyday and several times per day. Sandra Wong

We've only had it for one day and so far, I would say that my kids are obsessed with it and they can't wait to play with it again tomorrow morning. Both my girls, ages 3 and 5, enjoyed using all different aspects of this toy: the magic pen activities, the chalk board and colouring with the dry-erase marker. We have many other dry-erase markers that we used so my kids had a great time with everything! They can use the toy with ease. My 3 year old pushes each dot at a time; whereas, my 5 year old slides the magic pen more smoothly along the board to make the designs/letters. They are both happy with their way of using it. I think it's a wonderful idea to have a white board that has the digital art aspect to it, plus the ability to be used as a simple board with dry-erase markers. And surprisingly, my kids really liked the chalkboard too! The board can very easily be turned around. I did find it difficult to switch it from a table to an easel, so I'm keeping it as an easel for now. I think it's a wonderful idea to have a white board that has the digital art aspect to it, plus the ability to be used as a simple board with dry-erase markers. And surprisingly, my kids really liked the chalkboard too! The board can very easily be turned around. I did find it difficult to switch it from a table to an easel, so I'm keeping it as an easel for now. Who knew that wiping away chalk with a damp cloth would be so fun for a 3 year old! I think the fact that there are so many aspects to this toy will keep my kids interested in it for a long time. Wendy Krakowski

Manufacturer's Description

Explore the learning activities and learn to draw more than 100 objects and shapes step-by-step by following the lights using the magic pen. Then learn letter and number stroke order for uppercase letters A-Z and numbers 1-20 stroke-by-stroke. Children can also explore their creativity and draw anything they want while listening to 10 classic songs. This fun, interactive easel can be transformed from a light-up dry-erase board to a chalkboard and drawing table for more ways to play, combining learning and creativity.

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