Altogether this is a very fun game and could really work for most any age. I would suggest that an older child or adult is the head chef as you do need to push slightly on the ingredient tower or you get cards stuck in the bottom. This is not hard, I just found the boys liked to try to lift it up which I think was what created the problem. This would be a great gift this holiday season. Go check out this and all the other fun games at ThinkFun!