I’ve just realised that Little Button owns no toy cars, bar one remote control one which she doesn’t play with. #badmumaward. I’m not sure how that fact snuck past me at all. Especially as playing cars was up there as one of my favourite games when I was little. I used to build a track out of books around the front room, sending toy cars flying up ramps and speeding through tunnels. But how to introduce playing at cars to a little one who’s never really shown interest in playing with them before? Three words. My First Scalextric.
I decided not to tell Little Button that the lovely folk at Scalextric were sending her their brilliant introductory set to try out. The suspense (for me) of waiting for it to arrive was enough! I’ve actually always wanted a Scalextric set, but way back then, it was more in the ‘boys toys’ techie territory. This set certainly breaks that old mould, with the upbeat packaging appealing to everyone.
Everything you need to race two cars! What more could you want. We opened up to the box and to my relief, the track looked pretty simple to put together. There are two hand controllers that can be adjusted according to your little ones level. 2 gorgeous shiny rally cars for racing round the track. These are colour coordinated so you know which belongs where on the track, and to who. And of course the necessary power supply to keep things running.
We had a massive blooper with setting up the track. It took a few minutes (and that was with Little Button joining in) to whizz around getting the figure of eight track in place. The power supply plugged in, as well as the controllers. #Win. Except it didn’t work. Doh! Being a complete beginner, I hadn’t fully pushed the track entirely together. Opps. But once corrected by Daddy Button, the track needed no further tweaks and everything ran like clockwork. Quick tip: make sure the track pieces are fit snuggly together or the circuit will be broken and the cars won’t be able to run.
We were mesmerised for a whole evening taking it in turns to race each other on the My First Scalextric track for the first time. Shrieking with laughter as cars went flying off the track and congratulating each other for record laps. And this was a little girl who hadn’t played cars like this before!
Little Button loves this set, and since the first day of playing it, it’s come out of its box every day to be played with. Either on her own or with the whole family joining in with the fun.
Personally, I love the vibrant colours and simplicity of it which make it really inviting to play for a beginner. I know that Mr Button has been eyeing up the more advanced sets already, but I do think that this one is perfect for 3 year olds and upwards. Little Button is 5 years old, and this was a great fit for her.
My First Scalextric is fast and furious, yet ideal for younger racers and complete beginners. It would make a great gift, especially with Christmas round the corner. And we love that there are no batteries to worry about thanks to the plug in power pack! The track has been designed to withstand being set up and down, so we had no worries about finding a permanent home for it. I can’t think of anything that could match this!
My First Scalextric is available to purchase over on the official Scalextric website and currently retails at £39.99 (as at October 2017).
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