Ideal for toddlers and young children. Toddlers love dropping the shapes through the correct holes. They can also thread the shapes using the threader provided. These are all good exercises for strengthening muscles in hands and for developing eye-hand coordination and for learning shapes. The shapes can also be used for printing: dip them into water-based paint and then “stamp” the shape onto blank paper. Great for a creative activity (make wrapping paper for a friend’s present). Shapes can also be used as cut-out moulds for dough play.