The beads and shapes look good and are nicely presented but this toy does not appeal to my son who's just turned 3. He will take them out of the box and line them up or match them but very quickly becomes bored, he has no wish to thread them onto the laces. It could be that he just isn't into threading but I can honestly say I have never seen him show so little interest in a new toy. The box has no lid and the beads are currently sitting in an unopened tupperware at the bottom of the toy box. Not worth it for the money.