When I first saw the mandalas, I didn't quite understand their purpose, but as we found ourselves needing to homeschool this next year, I figured these would be good manipulatives for math. When they arrived, our youngest (who is four) grabbed them and started making patterns and flowers with them. Our oldest (who is six) found her sister and started making shapes with them too. They were entertained for an hour! Even though we've always been fans of wood toys, kids really do love and thrive with the simplest of toys, these mandalas are no exception. We plan on getting at least three more sets of them, if we can, during the next restock!