Most children spend quite a bit of time in cars throughout their young lives. It’s no wonder they wind up enjoying playing with toy cars as well. It’s more than common for children to emulate their parents and when driving a vehicle has become an intrinsic part of modern life, it only makes sense that toy cars remain a kid favorite in most households. They enable a child to explore various places in their imagination. Maybe they enjoy pretending to drive a car they can get into, or perhaps they prefer the smaller versions they can hold in their hand, or perchance driving an RC car at a distance is their bag. Whatever your child’s tastes you can be sure there is likely a toy car to satisfy it. This is the choice buying guide to put your child on the fast track to finding the best car for unleashing their own personal experience of unlimited imaginative freedom.
Oh the Choices!
The very first toy car was built over 200 years before the invention of what we view today as the modern automobile. Created by Ferdinand Verbiest to be a self-propelled steam powered toy for the Kangxi Emperor of China, it was only the first toy car of many to tickle the imaginations of those that crossed their path over the generations. Today there are several different varieties of toy car which come in all sizes. Some big enough for a child to ride inside and operate. These are driven either by manually pushing or pedaling by foot, or they are powered through an inner battery which allows them to move on their own with the child at the wheel. Other kinds of toy car include the much smaller hand maneuvered ones and the RC (Radio Controlled) cars which require batteries to operate. Among these, the miniature toy cars have been the most popular. This is because they are not just toys for kids but they are also collected by car enthusiasts of all ages and serve as classic decoration pieces which are small versions of the original machine.
Miniature cars are die-cast vehicles with various moving parts, such as wheels and or opening hood and doors. From time to time different toy companies, like Hot Wheels and Dinky Toy cars, have marketed these miniatures under different names, some of which became very widely well known among kids of all ages. Whatever your need though, you will find your options here.
Ride-on toy cars
From scooters to cars to dirt bikes, kids will have lots of fun choices when it comes to ride-on toys. The excitement of having their very own battery powered mini car to drive in will make children feel all grown-up just like mom and dad. While the various scooters and dirt bikes will grant them the freedom some kids so crave. With the wide assortment of kids’ ride-on toys, it will be easy to find one that is age appropriate for the child, in a style they’ll absolutely love. From brands like Razer, Fisher-Price, and Hot Wheels, these toys are great for children with backyards or even those adventurous spirits that just love being outside.
RC cars are always cool and generation after generation they seem to rise back up in popularity. Perhaps it is the allure to them of both boys and girls that these radio controlled cars seem to be a mainstay in the toyscape for children. You can find one to fit most any interest as they come in a plethora of styles. Find ones with realistic features or cartoonish, rugged and made for mudding or sleek street racers that light up and go, go go. Choose from some of the top named brands of RC cars including Disney, VTech, Hasbro and Little People / Little Tykes.
Classic Toy Cars
Always an amazing choice for any boy or girl, the classic toy car is great because it doesn’t need batteries, or a lot of space, and your child can take it everywhere with them. Without all the distracting controls of a RC car or Ride-On toy it helps promote extended imaginative play as well as fine motor skills and manual dexterity. Comes in a wide variety of makes and models from cars, trucks, jeeps, and motorcycles to more uncommon vehicles like tractors, limousines and dump trucks. Available from all your favorite manufacturers including Fisher-Price, Lego, Disney, Hot Wheels, Fast Lane and Little People.
The Right Age For The Right Toy
Another thing to keep in mind when purchasing a toy car for a child in your life is their age group. There are two reasons for this, one being a toy for a child too old or too young won’t be as fun as one for there age, and two, it might not be as safe.
Toddler: 1 – 3 Years Old
With a child this young it’s usually best to stick with simple bright colored toys that are easily carried and played with. Large plastic, wooden or metal toy cars with few moving parts are recommended. Toys with lights and sounds or remote controls usually wont be appreciated as much and are usually too complex for children this young. Its also a wise idea to avoid especially small cars such as matchbox vehicles as they can present a choking hazard.
3 – 5 Years Old
Children this age are usually ready for more advanced toy cars. Ones that include lights and sound or many moving parts are usually great for kids this age because they are more able to use all the buttons and functions of the toy. Ride-On Toys are also a great bet for kids this age and are good for encouraging healthy outdoor activity. Some RC cars might still be too complex for children this age but Disney and VTech both have a few nice options for kids of this age.
5 and Up
Children this age are ready for any type of toy car available and will love just about anyone they get. Matchbox and HotWheels and similar cars are a ideal choice for children this age, as their small size makes them easy to play with and collect. Additionally RC cars and Ride-On Cars are also good choices as kids this age will be able to understand all the controls with little help.