If you don’t have room for a standup easel, here’s an inexpensive, unexpected art space that provides hours of entertainment in our house.
The Magnetic Calendar from The Container Store ($16.99; 14" square) originally was purchased to keep track of our schedules in a central location (the refrigerator). Over the last year, the calendar functionality fell out of use, but we still used the whiteboard to jot down menu ideas or grocery needs (when we ran out of pre-printed lists).
Recently, Laurel started demanding time at the whiteboard. We held her up for several back breaking doodle sessions before we smartened up and moved the whiteboard down to her eye level so she could stand and draw on her own. This arrangement is particularly handy in providing entertainment for her while we get meals together.