We tested out the How Wheels Wall Tracks with one of our favorite 5 year old boys. We used the “Starter Set”, but there are other sets too which can be combined together to create an even longer race track.
Setup and installing the track to the wall was easy and “parent friendly”. The track comes with 3M Command stickers that are used to tape the track to the wall. That means no holes or drilling and it will be easy to take the track down later. The track has brackets that get stuck to the wall and then the track pieces stick into the brackets. This means that even if kids play rough with the track, the track just pops out from the bracket (no wall damage and easy to just pop the track back into the bracket which is still secure on the wall).
This track has a high fun factor. There are multiple diverters that can be adjusted to make the race car take a different path.
Here’s a video of our 5 year old playing with this track.
The Fisher Price Shake and Go Disney/Pixar Cars 2 World Grand Prix Speedway is a fun racetrack for young kids. This toy is rated for kids 36 months up to around age 7 years old, but as you can see from the video below, even kids as young as 1 year old will get excited to see this go!
We bought this for our 5 year old boy who LOVES anything with the characters from the Disney “Cars” movie. He loved it as expected. What surprised me is how much his younger sister and our 1 year old enjoy this toy.
Older kids will play with this toy the “correct” way by shaking up the cars, hearing the engine sound effects “vroom – vroom”, and then race the cars on the track. The cars can be raced on any hard surface, not just the track, so this gives some variety in playing with the toy. Disney also sells the “shake and go” cars individually, but I found this set which includes the race track and two cars to be a great deal.
Our one year old enjoys watch the older kids race the cars around the track. Since the cars have an on/off switch on the bottom, when the cars are “off”, he enjoys just pushing the cars around with his hand and making his own “vroom – vroom” sound effects!
This is a simple race track that older kids would probably get bored with quickly, but for younger kids up to around age 7 years old, this toy is a winner!
The Spy Video ATV-360 Remote Control Vehicle is a very popular toy for the 2009 holiday shopping season. Designed for kids age 7 year old and up, this remote control vehicle is designed to drive in all terrain with a real time video and listening display. The video and audio from the vehicle is transmitted wirelessly back to an LCD viewing screen headset and ear bud for watching and listening to the action.
Here is the TV commercial for the Spy Video ATV-360.