I ordered two of these for my children (aged 2 and 5). They have been completely captured by the excitement of the olympics and Pride the lion has been flying through the air since arriving. He has also been helping out with the garden olympics and medal ceremonies. I sent them round the garden 25 times today running the 10,000m and they've also completed the heptathlon so they should be tired tonight! Maybe he isn't on the face of it that educational but they have learnt so much about countries, flags, people and good sportsmanship and they have been truely inspired. He seems well made and pretty tough but he's a lion so you'd expect nothing less, although he probably won't stay pristine white for long.