My First Scalextric - Review & Giveaway

Scalextric is one of those ranges of toys that I'm sure that everyone is familiar with. They have been around since the 1950s and my partner Chris actually had some of the Scalextric car range when he was younger.


Scalextric have recently brought out a My First Scalextric set as a great way to introduce younger children from 3 years old to the world of Scalextric. My children are three and five and have never owned any Scalextric before so I was really excited to see their reactions to it.

When it comes to children's toys that actually do something, I always have a mini panic about batteries. Luckily, My First Scalextric is all mains operated which is a massive plus in my book. 


The track itself is so easy to click together. It's in a standard figure of eight shape and made of plastic with their Magnatraction technology in the middle to help keep the cars on the track. Each car has a braid underneath that magnetically attracts to this. Once you have the track built, there are three things to connect into the power box; the mains plug, a red controller and a yellow controller.


The red and yellow controllers are colour coordinated to the cars that the set is supplied with and they also match the chevrons on the circuit. Both kids luckily didn't fight over which colour car they wanted - E was happy with yellow and C opted for red. They were raring to go!

Each controller only has one button which makes it perfect for younger children as they don't have to remember what loads of different buttons do to their car. How fast your car goes depends on how tight you squeeze the button. 


The kids really loved placing their cars at the starting line and having me count down from three then racing to see who won. The My First Scalextric set has a range of benefits with hand eye coordination being a great one. They have to keep an eye on their car, especially when going around the corner, and drop their speed so that the car doesn't come flying off the track. Having to remember when to speed up and go a bit slower really helps with risk-reward thinking - if they suss that out, they are more likely to win!


My children, like most others, are prone to the odd Playstation game or YouTube video on the tablet. I love that this set got my children excited to be away from that world and had them playing nicely together for quite a long time. They both got very competitive and it was an absolute joy to watch. I think their favourite thing was seeing how fast their cars could go and I won't lie, I may have been stealing a few goes on them too as it's just so good! They have been having so much fun with their My First Scalextric set.

The set retails at £39.99 and is available to buy from the Scalextric website. You can also keep up to date on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

Want to win a My First Scalextric for your little one in time for Christmas? I'm giving a set away on my Twitter page. You can enter via the embedded tweet below or visiting my Twitter account where the tweet is pinned to the top. Don't forget to read the terms and conditions below.

T&C's:
  • Open to UK participants only
  • 1 (one) winner will receive 1 (one) My First Scalextric
  • The prize will be delivered to the winner upon receipt of their email contact details
  • The Editor's decision is final and binding on the entrants. No correspondence will be entered into.
  • There is no cash alternative to Prizes which are subject to availability, non-transferable, non-negotiable and non-refundable. Prizes may not be sold, offered for sale or used in connection with any other competition or promotion by the Prize winner.
  • Giveaway will run from October 16th until 23:59 on October 29th 
 
(We received a My First Scalextric for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.) 

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