Gentle on hands, nice little hold to get into slightly more complex grips for your young climbers. Upside down it's a sloper, right side up and its head is knob a 5/6 year old's hand will wrap around easily. I have it set with the duck's beak pointed slightly down as it seems to work best for my daughter to grab on to it. I kind of wish it was slightly larger but the price point is right. I buy a lot of these animal/fun shape holds; for 13 bucks this is totally worth it.