There is space to put an A5 pad and for plenty of pencils or pens. I made a couple over the summer for my 2 children to help alleviate the boredom on the long drive from The Netherlands to the Midlands (UK). My daughter who is a prolific drawer and colour-er thought hers was great. My son who would much rather watch a DVD on long trips was less enamoured. These 2 are for Christmas presents for 2 of the many girls I need to make something for, fortunately all the children are similar ages so each one will receive this, as it is quick to make up once all the cutting out, and ironing on interfacing has been done.