There was definitely a learning curve when we first started playing. My son is 5 and he and my husband spent about 20 minutes learning what worked and what doesn't work. That's something that matters to me with toys though. I honestly can't decide which one has more fun with it though! It's played with regularly (big rolls of butcher paper work SO well and the marker doesn't leak through to the floor) and he's constantly thinking up new and better track patterns to try out. I highly recommend this to any child who enjoys creativity and figuring things out.