Not only did our two-year-old grandson start playing right away as soon as he opened the box, the fathers of the other toddlers present were on the floor playing with him, too! The grandson had no trouble figuring out how it worked. He only had to be shown once the button to open the "clam shell" scoop. It took the dads a minute to figure out the side-dump of the truck. He really was enjoying picking up things and maneuvering them into the truck, and then the dads dumped it out again. He was playing with it inside, but we discussed a sandbox as a future gift to play with it in. I'm glad I purchased this!