You absolutely have to buy this product for your little ones! You will fall in love with it too. Not to mention you could use the Step 2 for years because simply put-it is a chalkboard/dry erase. The item has two sides---one side a chalkboard;the other a dry erase board. I love it! There is a tray that goes through the middle of the boards. So each board has a tray to put chalk or other items. Each side has the alphabet running down the sides embedded in the plastic. My board did not have any magnetic letters to put on the board. But I purchased letters in a package @ the dollar store for 1.00. Also you will need a kit for about 4.00 or less with dry erase markers like black, green, red, and blue/eraser/cleaner. You will also need chalk if desired. I prefer the dry erase side, so easy to write with the markers & just use the eraser & done! I purchase educational DVDs and books but this product helps reinforce learning. My kids love it too! They get excited when I pull it out & start drawing shapes & having them tell me the shape. You can put the magnetic letters in order on the board to learn the alphabet & also use magnetic numbers to teach recognition & math. What a product! You could also use the board as children progress through elementary school to help them with their homework. The double easel stands tall & for 3+ year & up. Product was just folded & tape around it @ purchase time. You just take the tape off & put the legs in the holes & you're ready to go. I love teaching my toddlers & this was a very wise choice. Learning is so important! As mentioned earlier, I really love to draw for example an octagon -or diamond-or triangle & ask my child "what shape is that?'' Parents should really be involved in teaching. The Step 2 Easel Chalkboard/Dry Erase is a must buy for those with children!