My grand daughter, who I am pre-schooling, first played with the latches board in the children's section of our local library. She was enthralled and really worked through each latch quickly.
From about 2 months he's shown interest in bead mazes. I bought this when he was around 3.5 months old, attached it to his Highchair tray and we had an instant hit. He's been playing with it now for about 2 months and will sit and play hyper focused on the toy for almost an hour (could be longer but we normally are done in the kitchen after an hour). Now that he's discovering that things can go through and under he's become very interested in how the beads go under and through along the wire. I've also watched his motor skills develop with this toy, he moved from the larger beads and is now very interested in the squares with the cut outs and how the other beads go through them.
I bought this toy to replace an old version by another company that was missing the balls. This updated toy is beautifully made. It is sturdy and colorful. It was perfect for our 25 month old grand-daughter. Preschoolers love repetition. Our grand-daughter exclaimed "I pounding!" This toy will provide many opportunities for fine motor development, including eye-hand coordination and strengthening.
My daughter is not quite three. I got her this for Christmas because she likes to build and it seemed like it would be good for fine motor skill development. So far, she has pulled this off the shelf every day. She enjoyed building towers, rearranging the gears, and figuring out why all the gears are not spinning. I have had a great time playing alongside her, making cars, towers, and different building shapes. I would have liked to have been able to have gears spin in different planes, but we are both having a great time with this set.
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