My 2.5 year old loooves this! My 1 year old mainly just tried to eat them, but he also liked them. We used 4 noodles originally. We cut them all into similar sized pieces except for two pieces. We made two of the pieces long (maybe a foot or so each). My 2.5 year old acts like those are trains (and other things). I didn't think 4 was enough, so we went out and bought 5 more but have not cut them up yet. We would definitely recommend!