Some children really love spending some quiet time with beads. My last one, a 3 year old boy, really likes it, my first two didn't. It has been such a pleasure to watch my youngest child totally engrossed with his Hama beads, making little cats for his friends and himself and watching his joy when I iron his work! A brilliant toy for a child who enjoys a quiet activity.Some friends worry he's going to eat the beads but he'd rather have chocolate!! As long as he is supervised and not messing around with the beads, he's fine.