Anna was showered with presents in New Jersey. My friends got her this Melissa & Doug Lacing Beads set, and she was very keen to open it. It’s a great toy, and I am glad that Anna had an opportunity to play with it, but it looks to me that despite the label saying 3+, this toy is actually better for younger kids. The first thing Anna did was to put together a necklace out of number blocks arranging them in numerical order, then she fiddled with the rest of the beads and moved on to something else. I tried to get her to arrange the other shapes in the pattern of shapes, but, strangely, this is something that she simply doesn’t get yet. She was not interested. She was also not interested in the activity that was suggested on the box – stacking the beads and seeing how high you can stack them before they fall. She is not a big fan of letting her creations fall down and therefore doesn’t like block building either (unless it’s done with Legos that don’t fall easily). Still, I highly recommend this bright toy – I might keep it in New Jersey until the next year when, hopefully, she has a higher frustration level.