I got this idea from one of the many education books I have lying around here. The book suggested a Lion, but the favorite animal of choice right now is a panda so that is what I went with. It is designed as a phonics game. You tell the child a sound and they have to feed the panda. It can also be used for many other games. Just use your imagination, the possibilties are endless. We even used it for a bean bag toss. So much fun. The kids love it.