My 3 year old daughter loves this game. It does have small pieces that would be a choking hazard for smaller children, so we play when her younger brother is napping. Just for BIG kids, she loves it. She can set up the game by herself, which means opening up the board and placing one magnetic bone on each little dirt pile. You push the dog house in the middle of the board and listen for 1, 2, or 3 barks, and then move your dog the right number of spaces. Then you use your dog's nose to pick up the magnetic bone on that spot (if there is one) and put in a dog's house according to the color on the underside of the bone. It helps with counting some, but mostly with taking turns and learning how to win and lose. I think kids get a big kick out of how the dogs can pick up the bones (thanks to magnets)! Enjoy!