My question is would this work for 3 and 3.5 year olds? I suppose they won't choke, but will they be interested?
The pre-school age child is exactly the target audience, I think, besides all of us growed-ups who still want to play in the sandbox/rice bag.
Since everything is contained, it's even safe to have in a house with smaller kids, but I think a 3 year old would love it. If you think a child may have limited attention span, try putting fewer objects that are somewhat larger. It'll be just like finding toys in the sand.
And, btw, I gave it to Kaylee today, and she loved
it. She called me over everytime she found something new, and she had great success using the picture postcard to match the objects. She searched out each letter in her name, and was on a hunt for the blue turtle. Her mother (my supervisor) took it around the office showing it off to everyone! I was a little embarrassed, but very proud nonetheless!
Thanks for the quick reply and the GLOWING RECOMMENDATION. I'm so glad it was a hit with the kid as well as the mom! Not that it's not fun sometimes to give something that the kid loves and the mom doesn't...