This was one of my daughter's Christmas gifts and I have to say it has been a really great gift for her. While as a parent I am not too fond of the mess that the chalk makes- it is a very helpful learning tool to teach her how to write letters and other things. The magnetic side does more than let the letters and numbers that it came with stick to it. It also can be used as a dry erase board which is fun for older kids that like to draw. It can be easily erased. There is also a clip on the magnetic side that can hold large pieces of paper which makes for easy clean up. There is a tray on the bottom of the boards that holds all the chalk and anything else that you could think of to store that you can use with this. This has been a great tool to have in my home. If you don't want it out it folds for easy storage but you will need some other type of storage for all the materials that come with it. I recommend this to anyone looking for an easy way to teach kids numbers and anything else you can think of.