My 5 y.o. son with autism has learned all 50 states, their capitols, the atlantic & pacific oceans, the gulf of mexico, the mississippi river, mexico, & canada-all in 2 months, thanks to this! He has only become slightly verbal within the last year, so I thought for his birthday this year (Jan. 30) I would buy him this after playing with it in the store. And this has turned into one of his (and our) favorite "toys" to play with. He's even wanting to help to teach his little brother where some of the states are! It's been truely amazing to watch them sit together and play with this. He has also learned about what products/technologies come out of which state/part of the country because of this toy! The only thing negative I can say is that the map isn't built to last-especially with a little boy who wants to drag, and carry this thing with him everywhere he goes-LOL!!! I'm having to buy a new one just two months later because where it folds, my son has worn out where those parts of the map are on.