Whenever we’ve been to friends and family’s homes and they’ve had a Scalextric to play with, Olly has always made a beeline for it. He is obsessed with cars so when he was sent My First Scalextric to have a play with he was so excited to be able to have his very own racetrack and cars.
The My First Scalextric is a brilliant introductory set for children and features a 1:64 scale figure-of-eight track, two rally cars (a yellow one and a red one) and adjustable power hand-controllers that are colour coded to match the chevrons on the track.
Children will need assistance setting up the track initially which is simple once you’ve worked out all the chevrons go the same way. The set comes with a couple of bridges that you place underneath the straight pieces of track and then you just need to connect the hand-controllers and the power cable to the track and it’s all systems go. The set is suitable for two players.
It took a little bit of practice for Olly to get to grips with powering the cars around the track. At first he would press the hand-controller lever really hard and the car would fly off the track around the bend. After some practice, Olly mastered it and he was soon making sure the cars would fly around the track without coming off at the bends.
After playing with the Scalextric set for a few minutes, Olly was able to pick the cars up and put them back onto the track once they had fallen off.
It’s an addictive game to play and it’s fun for the whole family as we took it in turns to race around the track. Olly is very competitive and we did have to race numerous laps around until we had a family winner. Of course Olly won, he’s brilliant at racing his red car around the track.
The wires do get in the way of play but with practice Olly learnt how to sit still with the hand-controller rather than lean across the track.
My First Scalextric has a RRP of £34.99 and is a great toy for children aged 3 plus.
Disclosure: We were sent the above product for the purpose of this review. All words and images are my own.