One of my sons first toys was a little car. It may be a huge generalisation but I think that most children love playing with toy cars at some stage of their lives. Both my children loved the Disney Pixar Cars franchise so we had many, many years of watching films about cars whilst they played with all the different car characters and playsets.
There are many child development benefits in playing with toy cars. Amongst other things it’s known to aid their physical and cognitive development. Moving cars around helps their gross and fine motor skills, whilst moving cars with their hands helps children begin to understand how things move, which is great for their cognitive development. There is also the obvious benefits to speech and language, and role play too!
Scalextric Endurance range
I love watching my children grow and develop, aided of course, through their play. Over the years they’ve progressed from the little metal cars they’ve pushed along, to the more sophisticated Scalextric sets from Hornby and RC ones. These are great STEM toys, encouraging children to develop skills in the important areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
Scalextric are a great heritage brand who make a track based slot car racing system. They kindly sent us some of their new Scalextric Endurance sets to review, and have offered the same bundle to one of my readers!
Scalextric Endurance Set
Let me tell you about the Scalextric Endurance range. We were sent the new Scalextric Endurance Set LMP YELLOW VS GT RED as well as two extension sets. This first set is an entry level set and contains everything needed to set up your own race circuit and start racing. It contains a selection of track, two speed limiter controllers and two racing cars -LMP YELLOW vs GT RED. It’s a simple set and very easy to set up as the pieces slot together. The cars stayed on the track thanks to the magnatraction feature.
This is a great starer set but a little simple for my two at age 6 and 8. They were very keen to open the expansion packs.
Scalextric Track Extension Pack 1
There are seven extension packs and we received Scalextric Track Extension Pack 1 and the Scalextric Ultimate Track Extension Pack. Any of the expansion packs can be incorporated into a Scalextric circuit, and allow you to make simple ovals and figure-of-eight tracks to large layouts. You can even add one or more Track Extension Pack to your circuit – you are only limited by the size of your floor!
The set included two racing curves, borders and barriers. I liked that the reverse side of the packaging explained how the Track Extension Pack can be incorporated into any number of layouts. My 8 year old was happy to incorporate the track into his original circuit for even more fun.
Scalextric Ultimate Track Extension Pack
The Extension Packs are totally flexible in their design which means that any of the packs can be added to Standard or Digital Scalextric circuits. I think that the Ultimate Track Expansion Pack was was our favourite expansion pack as it included a variety of pieces which gave more interest to the circuit.
Again my 8 year old was able to extend his track as the pieces included a Leap (Ramp up and down), Standard Straight Track, Hairpin Curves, Quarter Straight Track, Side Swipes and Borders and Barriers. It makes for an amazing track which covered the whole floor. My children have been having so much fun playing with it, especially enjoying the ramp.
We already had a few Scalextric tracks as my husband just loved his Scalextric growing up and was keen for our children to enjoy it too. We are so happy to add these sets to our collection. I think they make a great STEM toy, which are especially good for developing problem solving skills.
Scalextric is perfect for ages 5 and over. You can see the whole range on the Scalextric website: Scalextric Endurance Set LMP YELLOW VS GT RED (£64.99), Scalextric Track Extension Pack 1 (£29.99) and Scalextric Ultimate Track Extension Pack (£55.99).
Win a Scalextric bundle worth £150
I’ve teamed up with Hornby and am excited to share an amazing competition with you today. One lucky reader of the gingerbread house blog can win the three Scalextric sets I have reviewed above. The prize bundle includes the Scalextric Endurance Set, Scalextric Track Extension Pack 1 and the Scalextric Ultimate Track Extension Pack.
To enter my giveaway you must answer the question via the Rafflecopter widget below, there are some bonus entries too. The giveaway is open to those with a UK postal address only and ends on 31st October. The winners name will appear on this post. Good luck!
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