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.
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.
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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