Constructive Playthings Countdown Racer Giveaway and Review

Congratulations to Laura for winning the Countdown Racer from Constructive Playthings.

What is the best way to guarantee that Colby (3) and Nicholas (2) will start fighting and squabbling?  Get out this month’s featured toy from Constructive Playthings, the Countdown Racer.    Sadly this is not a joke nor an exaggeration. Both boys LOVE this car.  It has given us a multitude of opportunities to practice our method for solving sibling squabbles.

The Countdown Racer has 5 modes and 7 languages for  a nice variety of activities.  The racer is a  learning toy that teaches children their numbers and unlike most toys that make this claim, it has succeeded.  I think this is because in our boy’s favorite mode the racer counts all the way up to the number and then back down.  At the end of the countdown the racer zooms forward and back the number of paces that it just counted.  Both boys now walk around the house counting up and back down, mimicking the racer.

In another mode the racer plays songs and another allows children to compose their own songs using the number keys.

In our house this is definitely an action toy. 

Translation of 2 year old speak, “Mommy, it hurts”.

As we’ve received each toy from Constructive Playthings, I’ve been pleased and impressed with the quality.  This little car is tough and has put up with some abuse because of the aforementioned squabbles.

I generally do not like electronic toys with flashing lights and sounds  (we have 10 kids in the house, additional noise is unnecessary) but we do have a small collection of these types of toys that have been winners.  In the two weeks that we’ve had the Countdown Racer, it seems that this may earn itself a position as one of those toys.  The kids have found a variety of interesting ways to play and it has held their interest over the weeks.

The one thing that I don’t like about this toy (other than the noise, which of course the children love), is that switching between modes is difficult for preschoolers to figure out and my help is often enlisted.  Other than that the Countdown Racer gets two thumbs up.

Buy it:

The Countdown Racer is available for $28.99 on the Constructive Playthings website along with  a wide selection of other back to school toys.  Remember that Raising Olives can get a 15% discount anytime at Constructive Playthings by clicking on the Constructive Moms button in the sidebar.

Win it:

Constructive Playthings is giving away one Countdown Racer to a Raising Olives reader.

To enter:

Additional entries: (Please leave an additional comment for each extra entry.)

Giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents and ends at 11:59pm on Thursday, August 5.

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89 Responses to Constructive Playthings Countdown Racer Giveaway and Review
  1. Heather
    July 30, 2010 | 9:47 am

    I like the multi notched builders!!!! Neat idea!


  2. Billie Jean
    July 30, 2010 | 9:52 am

    I don’t know how educational it would be – but for a homeschooling mom like me, the Jr. Champ Boxing set would sure be a great energy burner! Could that count toward P.E.???


  3. Prairie Kerri
    July 30, 2010 | 9:56 am

    I would love one of these!


    Prairie Kerri Reply:

    Sorry, I forgot to post what would be cool to have. We have one set of the GeoMagnetic builders. They are SOOO fun. I would love to have another set for the kids to create with!!


  4. Prairie Kerri
    July 30, 2010 | 9:56 am

    Added Raising Olives on FB!


  5. Kimarie
    July 30, 2010 | 9:57 am

    I already follow you on Facebook.


  6. Prairie Kerri
    July 30, 2010 | 9:57 am

    Added Constructive Playthings on FB!


  7. Prairie Kerri
    July 30, 2010 | 9:57 am

    Following ConstructiveMom on Twitter!!


  8. Kimarie
    July 30, 2010 | 9:58 am

    I already follow Constructive Playthings on Facebook.


  9. Kimarie
    July 30, 2010 | 9:59 am

    And I already follow @ConstructiveMom on Twitter. Back in a bit with my actual comment once I check the site…


  10. Jennifer A
    July 30, 2010 | 10:05 am

    I would love to get my little love the colored wood blocks, but I am sure she would love a race car too!



  11. Michelle
    July 30, 2010 | 10:05 am

    I love the Cash Cow Bank. We are looking at ways to teach about money, and that seems really cool.


  12. Michelle
    July 30, 2010 | 10:06 am

    Also, I follow you on facebook.


  13. Kimarie
    July 30, 2010 | 10:08 am

    Well, I think either the peg puzzle set with the storage tower would be great for preschoolers quiet busy time while I read aloud. But then that time teaching clock is wonderful, too. I used to have one that was similar and somehow it’s gone. My younger crowd still needs some help learning analog time. 🙂


  14. Lisa
    July 30, 2010 | 10:50 am

    My children would love the Jumbo Magnetic Builders, but my girls would pick any of the dolls if it were their choice!

    Please enter me!


  15. Michelle B.
    July 30, 2010 | 10:52 am

    The telescope, would be a nice back to school item!


  16. Michelle B.
    July 30, 2010 | 10:53 am

    I follow both on FB


  17. Susan
    July 30, 2010 | 11:14 am

    I think the Interactive USA map would be a great teaching tool! I like that Countdown Racer too.


  18. Sukyee
    July 30, 2010 | 11:42 am

    The GEO MAGNETIC BUILDERS would be great for learning shapes and sizes.



  19. sunnydiana
    July 30, 2010 | 11:47 am

    Since I am an art geek, and my dd loves to draw I would get the Masters Art Packs.


  20. Cindy in GA
    July 30, 2010 | 11:57 am

    I like the USA talking puzzle; we have a (non-talking!) US puzzle and a map on the kitchen door, but I find that there can never be too many opportunities to work on learning geography. It takes a lot of practice and exposure to be familiar with all of the states.


  21. Cindy in GA
    July 30, 2010 | 11:59 am

    Clicked the Like button for both Raising Olives (where’s the love button? :o) ) and Constructive Playthings on Facebook.


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Exactly, where is that LOVE button. Thank you!


  22. Cindy in GA
    July 30, 2010 | 12:04 pm

    Following ConstructiveMom on Twitter now, too~


  23. Leah S
    July 30, 2010 | 12:48 pm

    I like the Easy Slice Fruit & Veggies. I certainly want to encourage my son to think in whole foods. 🙂


  24. kyla
    July 30, 2010 | 1:14 pm

    The USA Talking Puzzle looks like a great learning toy!! What a good way to learn the states!
    irshsmil9 @


  25. melissa fox
    July 30, 2010 | 2:29 pm

    I would pick the USA talking puzzle. My son loves puzzles!!! and what a great way to teach him geo. and capitals!


  26. Sarah H.
    July 30, 2010 | 2:35 pm

    I like the multi-notched builders!


  27. Heather
    July 30, 2010 | 2:44 pm

    My little ones aren’t school age yet, but the toy my 2 year old (today is his birthday!) would LOVE is the grand piano. His daddy is a musician and he can pick out different instruments in music already…piano, banjo, etc. He’d love it!



  28. abigail goedecke
    July 30, 2010 | 2:46 pm

    I love all things from constructive playthings but the one thing i think would be perfect for the fall for my 4 year old is the fire rescue set. He’s been drooling over it and pouring over the magazine constantly since we got it. Its what he is saving his money for.


  29. Leslie
    July 30, 2010 | 4:13 pm

    I would like the Geo-magnetic builders. It would teach about structure and how you need a solid base for the top to not collapse, but shapes, colors and counting and much much more 🙂


  30. Leslie
    July 30, 2010 | 4:14 pm

    I also follow you on facebook 🙂


  31. Ruth Ann
    July 30, 2010 | 5:18 pm

    My three year old would love the barn and animals!


  32. Laura
    July 30, 2010 | 6:50 pm

    My big boy loooves the marble works at his grandparents house, so I would probably buy loves or the geo-magnetic blocks.


  33. Laura
    July 30, 2010 | 6:51 pm

    I also follow you on FB


  34. Laura
    July 30, 2010 | 6:53 pm

    and constructive playthings


  35. Rachel Worley
    July 31, 2010 | 8:38 am

    I think another great learning toy for back to school is the USA Talking Puzzle! What a fun way to learn all of the States, Capitals and where they all are!


  36. Judy
    July 31, 2010 | 9:15 am

    Ok, this might sound just too easy, but it works. My pick is the Let’s Play Bingo. I have used bingo and card games to teach 4 of my children so far their numbers. I plan doing it again with the next 3.


  37. Heidi
    July 31, 2010 | 12:42 pm

    I like the interactive bug boards and insect replicas. My kids are all into bugs and outdoor creepy crawlys! What a great website! I can’t wait to look more!


  38. Bunny
    July 31, 2010 | 1:49 pm

    I think the telescope would be great!


  39. Kim S.
    July 31, 2010 | 3:16 pm

    My kids are big fans of Marble Runs.


  40. shirley
    July 31, 2010 | 3:32 pm

    I like the Talking Cash Cow, too.


  41. shirley
    July 31, 2010 | 3:33 pm

    Follow Constructive Playthings AND Raising Olives on Facebook.


  42. shirley
    July 31, 2010 | 3:34 pm

    Follow @ConstructiveMom on Twitter.


  43. Gabrielle
    July 31, 2010 | 3:47 pm

    The jumbo magnetic builders look like a great toy. I think my daughter would love to have them. The countdown racer looks great too. Thanks!


  44. Vera
    August 1, 2010 | 6:47 pm

    “liked” you on facebook


  45. Jessica
    August 1, 2010 | 10:05 pm

    My family would like the magnetic blocks – thanks for the giveaway!


  46. biz
    August 2, 2010 | 1:42 am

    New to your site – it is wonderful, and will follow on FB. I like the Masters Art Pack ~ thanks for the information on Constructive Playthings!



  47. renee monroe
    August 2, 2010 | 11:27 am

    I love how does your garden grow set. My sons and I spend all day in are garden.


  48. renee monroe
    August 2, 2010 | 11:28 am

    I like you on acebook.


  49. Tracy
    August 2, 2010 | 1:13 pm

    I LOVE the dress and nest dolls!!! Cute and educational! My oldest is learning to use his prosthetic (arm) and could use them and my youngest would love it too!


  50. Tracy
    August 2, 2010 | 1:14 pm

    I already follow you on Facebook. 🙂


  51. Janice
    August 2, 2010 | 3:03 pm

    I love Constructive Playthings! I think that building blocks offer an endless amount of learning opportunities. We have all different kinds and the never get donated or put on a yard sale. Creative Playthings offer a great variety too!


  52. tracylynne
    August 2, 2010 | 3:49 pm

    I like the little paint easle and apron.


  53. Cindy Woods
    August 2, 2010 | 9:57 pm

    I really like the talking cash cow…I think it would be great for teaching kids how to count money and know the name of each coin.


  54. Deirdre
    August 3, 2010 | 12:23 am

    I follow Constructive Playthings on FB. I posted about their page on my page too.


  55. Deirdre
    August 3, 2010 | 12:27 am

    As always I like to follow you on FB!


  56. Deirdre
    August 3, 2010 | 12:34 am

    I am interested in the USA Talking Puzzle. The kids could use the reinforcement. Only problem…. keeping all the 50 states from going AWOL! I would like it however if it came as a gift. I would even bend my no-talking toys rules!


  57. Laine
    August 3, 2010 | 11:07 am

    Either the USA Talking Puzzle or Interactive Sea-Life Lab would be great for my boys!


  58. My Boaz's Ruth
    August 3, 2010 | 2:30 pm

    This toy looks really cool (If large)

    I’ve got a 3 year old as well (As of today) And the Handy Helper Tools & Vest looks cool. He shows interest in putting things together, and here are some tools to do it with!


  59. Lacey
    August 4, 2010 | 8:23 am

    I very much like the Adventure Campout set! Our children would love it, I’m sure! And our 2 boys would also be thrilled to have the counting racer!


  60. Lacey
    August 4, 2010 | 8:25 am

    I like raising Olives on Facebook! (BradnLacey)


    Lacey Reply:

    I also like Constructive Playthings on facebook, not sure if the “likes” count as one entry or two, but I like you both the same:)


  61. Corrie
    August 4, 2010 | 6:07 pm

    I don’t know about the back-to-school part, but my boys would love the fire rescue set, and I think I might have to have their daddy build a little carpenter set like they sell!!


  62. Sofia
    August 4, 2010 | 7:13 pm

    So many to choose from! For my oldest I’d get the Combo Set & Free Car Set, and for the baby boy I’d get Combo Set & Free Car Set.



  63. Dianne
    August 5, 2010 | 2:41 am

    The Shape Sorting Cement Mixer would be a good teaching tool to teach shape recognition as well as coordination.


  64. Dianne
    August 5, 2010 | 2:43 am

    I follow Constructive Playthings AND Raising Olives on Facebook (Dianne B-T)


  65. Dianne
    August 5, 2010 | 2:44 am

    I follow @ConstructiveMom on Twitter (wowcheckitout)


  66. Sheila Hickmon
    August 5, 2010 | 12:43 pm

    The Interactive Bug Boards & Insect Replicas would be great!


  67. Sheila Hickmon
    August 5, 2010 | 12:44 pm

    @ConstructiveMom Twitter follower {mom2anutball}


  68. Sarah L
    August 5, 2010 | 3:01 pm

    I like the talking cash cow.


  69. Sarah L
    August 5, 2010 | 3:02 pm

    I follow constructive playthings on facebook


  70. Sarah L
    August 5, 2010 | 3:03 pm

    I follow raising olives on facebook


  71. Thabal
    August 5, 2010 | 4:54 pm

    Not for back-2-school, but this ‘Jumbo Magnetic Builders’ would be great for kids. Thanks for the giveaway.


  72. Heather
    August 5, 2010 | 4:56 pm

    I think the dance challenge would be good for kids b/c it’s teaching them coordination.


  73. Heather
    August 5, 2010 | 4:57 pm

    I like constructive playthings and raising olives on FB
    Heather Ford


  74. Heather
    August 5, 2010 | 5:00 pm

    I follow Constructive Mom on TWitter


  75. Katrina Southwick
    August 5, 2010 | 5:39 pm

    Interactive hop and learn would be nice


  76. Katrina Southwick
    August 5, 2010 | 5:40 pm

    follow constructive play things on fb


  77. Katrina Southwick
    August 5, 2010 | 5:41 pm

    follow raising olives on fb


  78. Robin
    August 5, 2010 | 6:11 pm

    I like the art kits and the enchanted fairy toy.


  79. Beckee
    August 5, 2010 | 8:11 pm

    Another toy I like is the Toddler Doctor Tunic and Tools.


  80. Randi
    August 6, 2010 | 9:06 am

    I like the Hopscotch mat as a back to school gift, I think it’s perfect for math and physical education. Thanks!
    mommy saves at yahoo (dotcom)


  81. Beth
    August 6, 2010 | 3:26 pm

    You can’t go wrong with more blocks. I think the hardwood blocks set would be great to occupy little ones during schooltime!


  82. Sue
    August 8, 2010 | 2:52 pm

    I like the USA Talking Puzzle.


  83. darci
    August 8, 2010 | 5:11 pm

    my boys would LOVE the tool set 🙂
    that car looks awesome!


  84. Sharon Nichols
    August 9, 2010 | 10:20 pm

    Love it!!

    Anything that talks and teaches tots is AWESOME in my book! It beats mindless TV!
    I love it when kids can learn and play by themselves. COOL kids on the Block have these toys for sure! Daycare Centers…A MUST Buy!



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