Product Type: ELC Toy Car
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Click Clack Cars on the Track
ELC Wooden Click Clack Track
Member Name: kat1234
ELC Wooden Click Clack Track
Advantages: fun to watch, good for developing co-ordination skills
Disadvantages: cars very small
I purchased the Early Learning Centre Click Clack Track for my son a couple of months ago for £15. The toy is suitable from 12 months of age and my son was 14 months and taking a real interest in putting things on or down things and watching the movement. Therefore, this toy seemed perfect for him.
The toy is essentially a large wooden 'ladder' type track with two solid feet that it stands on. Above this there is four coloured, sloping rungs that the cars roll down. These have grooves engraved in that the cars wheels slot into to keep them on track. With the track comes three cars - in orange, red and blue. These are essentially small rectangular blocks with four metal wheels on the sides. These can be placed at the top of the ramp and then, as they drop to the next level, they flip over and continue down until they reach the bottom.
At 14 months, my son had good co-ordination skill and was able to place the cars successfully at the top of the ramp quite a bit. However, they are quite small cars and can be fiddly to get in the right place every time. This can lead to him becoming quite frustrated with the toy. My son is also still putting things in his mouth quite a lot and I am quite wary that the cars and, in particularly the wheels, are very small so I am concerned that these may be a choking hazard. Therefore, even now at 17 months, I only let him play with these fully supervised.
My son loves watching the cars as they slide down the ramp and flip over, giggling as they race down. He also loves to chase after them as they whizz off the last ramp and along our wooden floor. As the cars are different colours this is also good for teaching him these, for example, 'go get the orange car'.
Overall, this is a nice toy and I don't begrudge paying £15 for it. It helps with hand-eye co-ordination and to learn about movement. The toy does get a bit repetitive and won't hold my son's attention for too long but he will keep returning to it throughout the day. The cars are easily lost though because of their size, they easily shoot under the sofas etc. This can be frustrating, especially at the end of the day when packing away - the toy would also be ruined without these & I don't think they can be easily replaced. I would recommend the toy but would also say that it is perhaps more suitable for children nearer 18 months than 12.
Summary: flip flopping car fun
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