Melissa and Doug’s Pound and Roll toy is a very affordable, great gift for a toddler. My children began to play with this natural toy around two years of age. The Pound and Roll is a variation of the classic pounding toy you probably grew up with, only this toy has the added bonus of balls rolling down chutes. Do watch those fingers! Most children will inevitably hit their fingers when using the hammer for the first time…but hey, what a great lesson in cause and effect! Also, the hammer is made of wood and will dent other furniture. Young children are quite capable of learning the appropriate use of this tool and avoiding this destructive problem. It takes several square hits to get the ball to roll down the chute, which is great practice for eye/hand coordination. The brightly colored balls are also great for learning color names.