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.
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.
Constructive Playthings is giving away one Countdown Racer to a Raising Olives reader.
- Visit http://www.constplay.com and tell me about another toy that would be a great learning tool for back to school.
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Giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents and ends at 11:59pm on Thursday, August 5.