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.
I like the skills it teaches but I didn't read closely enough they are removable pieces. My 2 yr 10 month old looked at it and walked away. The skills are perhaps early for his age but despite being a puzzle lover, this one didn't pull him in. It is well made and I suspect he will have it for a couple years.
Magnets are kind of weak so I would not recommend using them to hold things up on a fridge. I think that is not what they were intended for though so that's not necessarily a detraction. I spray painted them black since I didn't like the colors they came in
When the pound a peg we bought didn't live up to expectation, I called melissa and doug and they sent the pound and roll, no questions asked. My kid loves it. Wants to play with it throughout the day, and is certainly developing hand eye coordination as a result. Love the company, Love the toy.
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