I found an old easle-style chalk board at the Danville Flea Mall for 4 bucks! It has really come in handy. We mostly use it for Helana to practice her handwriting, as a fun alternative to sitting at the table with a pencil and paper. Helana has never before shown an interest in drawing. She suddenly took up the chalk and began drawing. She says it is a spider. I think it is cool. She also practiced writing the word "am".