This is supposed to be appropriate for 18+ months...... unless your intended recipient is much younger (say, a year?) or a midget, s/he may develop a stoop and get backache with this toy - it is WAY TOO SHORT!!! Also, unless the intended recipient & his/her family are deaf or substantially hearing-impaired (or wear earplugs or iPod), the constant clackety-clack of this thing will likely see them fleeing for the hills. The balls are easy enough to pick up if on carpet (on hard floors they tend to roll away as soon as they are touched by this toy, before it can actually roll over them) PROVIDED your darling one has developed sufficient fine motor skills to enable him (or her) to position the toy relative to the ball as precisely as is required to make pickup possible. Needless to say, this was a HUGE disappointment that went straight back in the box.