Product Type: ELC Toy Car
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Clicking Clack, little car.... Come back!
ELC Wooden Click Clack Track
Member Name: carlz2001uk
ELC Wooden Click Clack Track
Advantages: Traditional, great price, well made, fun!
Disadvantages: No replacement cars available to buy
A lover of traditional toys, when my daughters were very young I went through a stage of only buying wooden or traditional toys and avoided all things plastic. The Click Clack track from the Early Learning Centre is one of my favourites and we still have this toy. At the time this was £15, although I have seen it since on places like Ebay for much cheaper, however £15 is still a very reasonable price for something well made that will last, and give endless amounts of fun.
The click clack track gets its name from the sound it makes. The four wooden tracks see the four coloured cars race down, changing tracks when it reaches the end of the of the previous one. As it reaches the end of each track it makes a noise, hence the name. An easy toy for young children to grasp what they need to do, it also brings great fun for much older children. My eldest daughter likes to see if she can get all 4 cars on the track quickly enough that each car is somewhere on the track whizzing along. It did take her quite a while to do but brought lots of laughter and determination in the process.
My children seemed to be mesmerised by the toy and it literally gave endless amounts of fun. I'm not ashamed to say that I've put this in a box in the attic for when my children (yes they are only 4 and 6!) have children of their own! It will bring back fond memories for me, stand the test of time, and bring timeless fun for other children.
Young children will also get the enjoyment of catching the toy once it comes off the bottom track. When we first used it, it was on a carpet so didn't really roll, but when it got moved to the dining room which has a wooden floor, my youngest when she was much younger would giggle with delight as it whizzed off along the floor, and she quickly raced after it to catch it.
Older children will enjoy building towers for the cars to either knock down or drive through as they leave the track, making the toy quite versatile once you start breaking down the different ways children can make use out of it. Interestingly when we have had boys play with the track, they seem to want to build a wall at the end of the track so the cars can try and knock it down, but the girls all seem to want to build a nice little bridge!
An easy toy to play with, it is uncomplicated and hassle free, requiring no batteries or setting up. Unwrap it and go! A perfect present for Christmas, which my children often find frustrating when they open up a toy, want to play with it immediately, but it requires mum or dad to spend ten minutes removing silly packaging, and then a further ten minutes trying to install batteries and remove screws!
Since we have owned the track, one car has done a disappearing act, but unfortunately there aren't any packs of cars that you can buy as replacements.
Definitely money well spent and 100% recommended. Perfect for the development of hand eye coordination for little ones, and problem solving for slightly older children as they work out what (and why) is happening after they have released the car on the top track.
Summary: 5 stars