My kids do love this toy. I think their favorite part, however, is not playing hopscotch. Their favorite part really seems to be taking the hopscotch board apart and putting it together. Of course, they get quite a workout with the silly numbering they like to do and giggles always ensue!
I purchased this for my nephews for their birthday a few years ago and they were SO excited. I opened it and had already pre-ordered the larvae so that my SIL wouldn't have to fuss with that or pay for shipping (the butterflies may be "free" but their shipping is not), which I recommend if you're giving this as a gift. Kids do NOT like to wait for their critters. They got them within days of their gift and were so excited to watch them grow and change and release them.
After buying the piggies set with the same sort of 'dirty' spots that disappear when they're "washed" then come back as they cool down/dry off. My boys actually prefer the Piggies because they're a little easier to squeeze the water out of but since they like doggies so much, we're hoping that they'll come around. Maybe the dogs just need to be used as much as the Piggies have, to "break them in" but they're cute and good little bath companions.
We've had this puzzle for years. My brother bought it for my oldest when he was about two and a half years old and he did very well with it. It was great for developing his fine motor skills. He's gotten better at it, of course, over time, and now wants to "race" us to see who can get the most cars first (we also have a fishing version that is similar, so one person uses the truck and the other the finish pole). My biggest complaint is that there is no way to tether the tow truck to the board. We added some adhesive velcro and positioned it so that we can still fit it into our puzzle rack. It's a nice touch, keeping all of the parts together, that I wish Melissa & Doug would've done.
My mother-in-law actually purchased this toy as a gift for our two year old's birthday. He loved the bright colors and picking up the shapes but his almost five year old brother really took charge with this one and showed him how to use it. Both boys LOVE it and giggle as they build, unbuild, and rebuild with the gears. We're looking into purchasing additional gears. We see this toy keeping the interest of our children for a long while.
This toy has proven endlessly entertaining for the whole family. Everyone from our tiny toddler to our 89 year old grandmother has found the "Find it" hard to put down. It's especially wonderful for long car rides and sturdy enough to withstand a two year old pitching it across the room.
We bought one of these for our oldest. When "the baby" became old enough to play with it, fights ensued in the bathtub. We ended up purchasing a second trumpet so that he had one of his own. The music sheets should be dried well after every bath, if you want them to last and make sure it'd securely put away-we found out recently that if stepped on at a particular angle by a 180lb man, it's possible to crack the yellow plastic tube that connects the mouthpiece to the rest of the instrument. We glued it for now but are looking at replacing it, ultimately.