Product Type: ELC Toy Car
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ELC Happyland Retro Racers
Member Name: xmum2threex
ELC Happyland Retro Racers
Advantages: Simple yet fun
Disadvantages: None for us
What you get when you purchase this set is 3 racing cars in a retro style and three different drivers to be used in them. Each one is a different colour and very bright and attractive meaning they instantly grabs little ones attention. There is a red car, a green car and a yellow car each one is numbered from 1 to 3 so little one can set them in order if they like and this also helps introduce numbers too them.
The drivers all come in the same colour as the cars meaning it is easy to match them up to where they belong but the great thing is they can be used in each of the cars so one driver is not limited to one car. They can stand on the floor freely when out of the car meaning they can be used with other happy land sets and my daughter even uses them in her dolls house.
The cars are a great size for little hands they are not huge but at the same time big enough to be an interesting toy to play with and most importantly for little hands to hold and move the cars around very easily. Each car and driver is made from durable plastic that has the elc quality that shines through making them very durable and these cars have been crashed and banged a number of times and have survived with no scratches or markings at all. The wheels on the car are free moving meaning they are able to be pushed along carpet and wooden floors with ease and are very easy for a young child to play with easily.
==In play ==
One of the best things apart from racing the cars that my children like is to put the drivers in and out the cars and to swap them about meaning the colour of the driver does not match the car. This is very easy to do and even a child at the lower age range of the suggested group of 18 months old can do this very easily independently. They simply sit in the car but the seat that holds the driver is deep and wide enough to hold them tight while they are being raced about without them falling out but as there is no fiddly bits to put the driver in this means they move in and out of the seat freely.
Then it comes down to race time my children will line the cars up in a row and mummy shouts 1 2 3 go and they are off. On carpet I find they move well enough to make it fun and face paced for children like a race should be you can push the cars rather than moving along with them and they will glide along for a little while before coming to a stop and determine who the winner is. My children like taking these through to the kitchen on the wooden flooring as you would expect they move a lot quicker on harder floors meaning that they can push the cars from one side of the room and they will move across the room at some speed.
They are a very simple toy yet have provided hours of fun for my children they introduce colours, numbers and fine motor skills to younger children while still being fun and interesting and holding young children's imagination very well. They are recommended from 18 months plus but my youngest son actually received them for his first birthday and as there are no small parts other than the wheels that are sturdy and well attached I felt it was fine for him to have them a little earlier. There really is no limit in my eyes to what age they can be played with as my eldest son soon to be five also loves these cars and although they may not get the same amount of play time from him he still loves racing with his brother and sister.
What I love about these cars as they are so simple yet the bright colours and details help keep little one interested and rather than big flashing lights and sounds these racers allow little one to use their imagination and play freely without any limit in what story we can make with them. Also as there are three cars this means they are not limited to one child and can be used by all three of my children but at the same time are still usable if my children want to use them by themselves as they are a great size to push along with each hand.
I would recommend these to anyone I was a little worried that these simple cars would be forgotten about at the bottom of a pile of flashing noisy toys but in actual fact they receive a great amount of play by all three of my children. It is simple yet holds a lot of value and is great for children to play with together or by themselves. Even at full price I would have been happy with these toys as they are very well made and have lots of life in them yet.
Summary: A fantastic basic toy
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