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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Ready, Set, Write with Lightning McQueen

Up until a few months ago bub didn't really know who Lightning McQueen was, but boy has that changed since we went to see Cars 3 at the movies. Now Lightning McQueen is a firm favourite around here. To be honest I was kind of excited we managed to avoid licensed merchandise invading our house for so long. My ocd just can't deal with all the bright mismatched colours and characters {trust me the struggle is real}, but I think I have to concede defeat now that we've entered the Youtube and movie phase of her childhood. It started with Paw Patrol, then My Little Pony and now Cars. I fear it's a slippery slope, but since I've discovered there's awesome educational licensed toys I've been slowly embracing it. 

Our latest discovery is Write and Race Lightning McQueen from vtech which is actually a super cool toy for 3-6yr olds. Write and Race McQueen is like a car and computer combined, with an led panel, keyboard and stylus pen to facilitate interactive literacy based games. Through a number of different games Lightning McQueen helps teach children phonics and pre-writing skills including mark making and tracing while teaching them how to write letters and numbers. In addition to this the chunky stylus pen helps them develop pencil grip. You can see why I like it right?

She was beside herself excited when she opened the box to discover her very own Lightning McQueen, and then she was even more excited when she realised it had a keyboard and wasn't just a toy car. Wow mummy, it's Lightning McQueen!!!! Is this a learning Lightning McQueen? Clearly she knows I'm a bit in love with educational toys! Lucky she loves them too. She literally plays with it every chance she gets.

Write and Race Lightning McQueen has 5 fun activities children can play using the stylus pen including freehand drawing {designing logos for Rust-eze}, tracing letters and numbers {upper and lower case}, remembering the path {line tracing}, finding letter sounds {introducing phonics} and following racing lights as they appear. Each of the games help develop cognitive skills as there's an element of remembering the direction of each line, letter, number or dot. They also help to develop hand/eye co-ordination, hand strengthening and also fine motor skills while learning pencil grip using the stylus.

Bub's favourite of all the games is following the racing path as she has to remember where the lines go and then draw them correctly. She gets so excited when she gets it right. She's also really good at the phonics game and to my surprise knows a lot more than I expected she would {clearly all our learning through play activities are working}. My favourite game is tracing the letters and numbers as it will prepare her for writing and teaches her the correct way to construct each letter and number. She still gets a little frustrated with this one though as it's a bit tricky for her to do the curved strokes on the led screen. The only other downfall it has is that sometimes she needs to push down onto the led screen harder than she does, so it says she's incorrect when she's actually made the correct strokes. I'm sure she'll learn to push down harder with time though.

If you have a little one who's interested in starting to write I'd definitely recommend Write and Race Lightning McQueen. Vtech have successfully harnessed the appeal of a popular movie character to make learning early literacy skills fun for kids. She definitely spends a lot more time engaged with the writing games using McQueen than she would if we were doing writing sheets or other letter games and it gives her a fun, interactive and independent way to learn at her own pace.

Toni x

Disclosure - We were gifted a Write and Race Lightning McQueen for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are based on our experience using the toy. I did not receive payment for this review.

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  1. My goodness toys are becoming so advanced. My kids have long since grown, but they all would have loved this.

    1. I know they're so much more interactive and technologically driven than when I was a kid.

  2. How cool, Toni! Lightening Macqueen is at hero status in our household for the past decade, my boys are obsessed with Cars!

  3. That is seriously the cutest little thing! I think I might have to get one for my nephew for Christmas, he is Cars, and Lightning McQueen in particular, obsessed!