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ELC Racing Car Trio
Member Name: Lools_24
ELC Racing Car Trio
Date: 12/03/11, updated on 15/11/11 (62 review reads)
Advantages: Bright, colourful, durable
Disadvantages: Move very fast on smooth flooring, magnetic connectors are quite weak
My twin boys have a lot of toys (as you have probably guessed from all of my reviews) but something that they do really like is cars. If we visit friends with children I can guarantee my boys will locate the cars amongst their pile of toys. So when browsing the ELC for "a little gift" for the boys we decided on the Racing Car Trio.
***What are they***
The ELC Racing Car Trio is a set of three chunky plastic colourful racing car shaped vehicles. Each car shaped vehicle is around 10cm long and has a rounded magnetic connector on the front and back of the vehicle. Each car has four moveable plastic wheels.
In the set there is a blue rounded racing car, a bright red long F1 looking car and an orange and blue rounded racing car.
ELC state that the Racing Car Trio is suitable for children aged 1-3 years. My boys were playing with these cars at 9 months old. The cars have no parts which appear that they could come off and be a choking hazard but they were and still are supervised when playing with these.
For older children nearer the upper age limit of 3 years old I think these are still an attractive toy and my friends children play with them, but they are very basic cars. The design of the cars is very rounded and baby like which some older toddlers may not like
The ELC racing car trio is available from ELC and Mothercare stores and also online from both of these retailers. Boots also stock the Racing Car Trio in their toy section.
The usual RRP for this car set is £10 however ELC regularly have a 50% off offer on these toys therefore you can pick these up for £5. I purchased these in October 2010 for this price and the product at time of writing (March 2011) is currently on special offer for £5.
***Playing With them***
Like many children's toys these are simple toys but not a simple product to take out of the packaging. Each car is held in to the box with a number of ties which took in total 10 minutes to completely untie. Once out of the box though the good news is that the cars are ready to play with and do not need batteries like many toys in the boy's toy collection.
My boys were immediately attracted to the cars as they are very brightly coloured. At 9 months old they could very easily pick the cars up as they are rounded and reasonably small and light. They were supervised when playing with these toys but I did not feel worried about my boys chewing on the cars as there are no small parts which appear would come detached and be a choking hazard. I also liked that these cars were light as it meant if the boys did throw or push a car into the other baby, they were less likely to cause injury to the other baby!
These are a really fun set of cars and the magnetic connectors mean that the boys can play with these toys alongside the other ELC vehicle trios. We also have the emergency vehicles, construction vehicles, space vehicles and train trio alongside the Racing Car trio.
The magnetic connectors are small but very easy even for young babies to connect the car together and pull apart. My main criticism of the magnetic connectors is that they are slightly too weak. The connectors hold two vehicles together easily and quite sturdily and can be pushed around the floor together. The main problem is when three vehicles are connected together one; one of the vehicles will always come off as they are pushed along the floor and moved. For older children this is quite frustrating and my friend's children (who are 2 and 3) stop playing with the cars when this happens and find something else to play with.
The cars are very easy to move and push along. My boys once able to crawl could push these along the laminate flooring and over carpet; even on longer pile carpet the wheels on the cars move easily. The cars do move a little too easy on smooth laminate flooring though. I have found with only a little force these cars shoot all of the way across the floor. For younger babies that are not mobile, parents may find they are regularly retrieving the cars as they shoot off away from the baby. For those with mobile children this can often be a blessing as toddlers spend their time chasing around after the cars tiring themselves out!
These are very durable toys and made from the tough plastic most ELC toys are made from. The cars from the Racing Car Trio have been regularly chewed, thrown, dropped off highchairs and are still in excellent condition and have suffered no breakages. The cars are rounded and have no nooks and crannies meaning they are very easy to wipe over with a damp cloth after the boys have touched these with their sticky hands!
Learning wise these are not many benefits to the Racing Car Trio. For younger babies and toddlers holding and pushing the cars along the floor will help develop their fine motor skills and hand eye coordination. The cars can also encourage mobility in younger children as they are a great toy to push along the floor and encourage a young toddler to crawl after.
For older children these are more of a fun imaginative toy which they can play with. Although because they are quite basic rounded colourful looking cars they may not be so attractive to children nearer 3 years old as they do look like baby toys.
These are a brilliant toy and make an excellent "small present" or stocking filler and are worth every penny even at the full price of £10. The three cars are bright, colourful, and durable and my boys find them fun. For younger children the size and rounded design of the cars make these a very easy toy for small hands to hold. For older toddlers they may find that these are quite basic and babyish but my friend's older children are still happy to play with these alongside my boys.
The cars move very easily on carpet and a little too easily on smooth laminate floors so these racing cars spend a lot of time racing around my living room. That does have its benefits that my boys tire themselves out from chasing the cars around the living room.
A great set of cars for boys and girls and winner from ELC.
Summary: Bright colourful first cars from ELC
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