Cars are great gifts for kids. Kids like to imitate their parents and things around them. Cars are practically a part of their surroundings from the day they come home from the hospital. So it’s no surprise that they become interested in these wheels at an early age. Boys in particular are drawn to them, the faster the better.
Remote control cars (aka RC cars) are a fun way to put a kid in the “driver’s” seat early. They help kids learn to control and guide their cars through different paths. This can help them when they actually begin to drive real cars. In addition, you can buy these toys with accompanying tracks, obstacle courses, stage races, and more for hours of play activity
Toddlers can get a headstart on “driving” with the Cartoon R/C car from Liberty Imports. The controller is very easy to use as it has only two buttons: forward, and left.
It doesn’t go too fast, so there is no risk in a small child getting hurt with it.
For older kids, you might want to find something a bit more realistic. There are several scale models of popular supercars out there that are R/C controlled and drivable like the 1/14 scale Lamborghini Sesto Elemento from Midea Tech.
It’s a very accurate replica of the real thing, and you can use the remote control to drive it around anywhere.
This very expensive real life (just under $3 million) luxury car can be had for a fraction of the cost in the RC version. So if you would like to indulge an older kid with a top-of-the-line fancy car, the Bugatti Veyron is a good choice.
The real, super fast McLaren P1 is capable of reaching speeds as high as 249 mph. With its batman-like doors and cool exterior, older kids will enjoy controlling their own miniature version of he dynamic McLaren P1. The RC version can reach speeds of 8 to 10 mph.
Some kids would prefer to actually be in the driver’s seat of their vehicle rather than just controlling a little electric car. For them, there are lots of ride-on gifts that you can buy.
A very popular classic toy of this type is the Little Tykes Cozy Coupe. You have surely seen this little toy with car powered by a toddler. The lower part is red and the top is yellow. It looks a bit like a car you would see in a cartoon.
Since these cars actually move with kids in them, young kids can have lots of fun riding them in their yards and driveways.
For kids that would like a more realistic driving experience, the Peg Perego John Deere tractor is a great choice. It has an electric motor and a real acceleration pedal.
For safety, the tractor brakes automatically when the kid takes his foot off of the acceleration pedal, so they can avoid accidents. This tractor also has a real, functioning FM radio for a kid to listen to their favorite music while cruising around, just as parents do. The tractor goes forwards and backwards but speed is at most 5 MPH.
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