I love this toy. I haven't had any problem with chipping paint in the 3 years I've had it, though, they do "color" a little on the wooden box when the kids get enthusiastic.The only issue I had is that it is a complex box. It's not just a square, circle, heart and triangle. It has a hexagon and an octagon and a diamond and a rhombus. I think my daughter (at 4) is finally really getting it, and my little guy (almost 2) likes to play with it, but can't sort the shapes, and tends to get frustrated when he tries.It's a great toy, but better for preschoolers than babies.