My three year old got this as a birthday gift and we set it out for her birthday party. The kids loved it and played with it for HOURS, but at the end of the day, the mixer was stripped out. My suggestions would be to save it for smaller children as the older kids were really too hard on it, and use dirt instead of sand that will mix easier and not put so much strain on the mixing gear. Also, with four or five kids on it at one time, the sink would not stay on the legs and they eventually just took the sink off and set it on the ground. I think it is best suited for preschoolers and toddlers, and only two or three kids at a time. The good news, however is that Little Tikes sent us a new part right away when I called, without even requiring the receipt to be sent in - no questions asked. Great outdoor play product as long as you don't mind the mess! It also hoses off really easily at the end of the day.