When I saw these toys with toy drills that allow a child to assemble and disassemble them, I knew the kids would enjoy them. At preschool, all the kids love hammering plastic nails into foam, and this toy also gives young children an opportunity to use tools. It is a fun STEM toy and kids can play with the assembled result!
Here we look at two cars by different manufacturers that can be taken apart and put together. Both are rated for ages 3 and up. However, the Battat Take-Apart Roadster Toy Car Playset appears better for younger kids as it has fewer parts (22) and the parts it does have are larger with more exaggerated features that may be easier for small hands to manipulate. The final car also has a cute roadster aesthetic. My 3 year old loves using the drill, but needs some help to set up the parts for him to put together. There are three different drill bits with different shapes. My 5 year old can tell me which drill bit is needed for which part, and after an explanation, can switch the drill setting between forward and reverse when needed. My only complaint with this product is the lack of a proper "OFF" switch on the drill. The engineers and designers missed creating a proper detent for the "OFF" position, so it is difficult to turn the drill off to save the batteries. I have to carefully place the switch in the middle off position and test the drill to make sure it is off. However, this small issue does not take away from the kids' enjoyment of this activity. See images of the Battat Take-Apart Roadster Toy Car Playset below:
The Liberty Imports Formula Racing Car Take-A-Part Toy may be better for slightly older kids as it has a couple more parts (24), the parts are smaller, and the final race car aesthetic may appeal more to an older child. We gave this version to a six year old. The Liberty Imports Formula Racing Car Take-A-Part Toy also lights up, makes car sounds, and can be modified to be two different versions of a car by changing the front and back ends. The Liberty Imports Formula Racing Car Take-A-Part Toy only has one drill bit as opposed to the three that came with the Battat Roadster. I don't know if the number of bits makes one better than the other. Having one bit simplifies the toy, because one bit will work for all pieces. However, needing to change the bit depending upon the shape of the part teaches the child to observe the part's features and geometry. See images of the Liberty Imports Formula Racing Car Take-A-Part Toy below:
The book If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen, goes perfectly with either of these toys. The story starts with a boy riding in his dad's car and he imagines how he would make a better car - driven by a robot, making a car that smells good when it is driven, and a car that can transition from road, to water, to air. I love how reading this can trigger a child's imagination to think about how he or she would make a car. See the video or scroll through the images below to see the illustration style and some of the imaginative car ideas in If I Built a Car!
Here is a summary of some of the features for each of the two cars:
1 Drill Bit
1 Car, 2 Different Aesthetics
3 Drill Bits
1 Car Aesthetic
Choice of 2 different colors (red or blue, although the blue is more expensive)
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