I've had this saved in my cart for so long because I thought that for the price I could really assemble something like this myself... I'm so glad I made this purchase finally! It's much sturdier and visually appealing than anything I was coming up with in my trips to the dollar store. The colors are vibrant and the possibilities are endless. Color sorting, counting, games, stacking, cup tricks, role playing, patterns, etc. SO many things to do with this set. My son is 2.5 and is in love (and we've only had it for a day) I definitely think it was worth the price ($21 I think I paid) for the convenience of not having to create this myself, the sturdiness, the storage container for the bears, and the amount of educational fun we've had already.