This has worked well for us as a family activity. My family loves using this. Both my husband and I have played with it with our kids. I prefer making donuts at home. My kids love donuts. At home I can keep track of how much sugar goes into them. Don't get me wrong we aren't making a health food out of donuts, but I can make slightly healthier recipes. Plus the size is a little smaller than a bakery donut, so we can pair the donuts up with something a little healthier like fruit. We actually end up using this as a family. It's great for a laid back Saturday morning. You need some time to mess with it. One tip we picked up is to put the batter in a ziplock bag and snip off the bottom corner a little. Then pipe the batter into the donut wells. This really minimizes the mess. We just top ours with powdered sugar. The kids love adding the powdered sugar, and no one in my family is going to wait for the donuts to cool to dip them in glaze.