I showed Miss L how to do this today. To say she loved it might be an understatement! After a few minutes, she really had it down well & it was so fun watching her. She could pinch the little toothpicks between thumb & forefinger & get them just right in the little holes.
Miss L trying to get the toothpicks back out. Sometimes it worked & if it didn't either I or N would help her out.
I did end up cutting the cover off. The toothpicks were just a touch too big so that it didn't close correctly & I was afraid she'd break off little pieces. She didn't seem to mind when it was gone.
This is definitely a keeper. I may try it with Miss H but she is still only 15 months so some of these types of activities don't work as well. Aside from that, she still is putting everything in her mouth. Miss L will at least not do that if I tell her not to. At 18 months, she is developing at a rather fast pace lately. It's been a lot of fun to watch.