To keep occupied! I was in the office & Abbie snuck in. I heard a noise, turned, and there she was dumping beads on the floor. So I thought it'd be fun to put them back together. Nope, she wanted to do it all by herself :) One at a time! I think in the 20 minutes she was "playing" I only had to stop her about 4 times so she wouldn't put them in her mouth.