Last week, a big box arrived at our door. The girls, as usual, were excited about any parcel that shows up and barely let me cut the tape off the box before they were tearing into it. Jade began screeching, “CARS! Cars! Cars!” as soon as she saw the contents, and Sunshine exclaimed, “HotWheels!” as she began lifting each box inside out. I smiled, picturing the fun we’d have this summer with the HotWheels FUNdamentals Learning Program.
And fun they’ve had. I built one racetrack for them to play with (squinting at the instructions and wishing I’d made them wait until Daddy got home to build it for them, because I’ve never played HotWheels before). They divvied up the cars between themselves and somehow keep track of which car is theirs (and heaven help the sister who tries to take someone else’s car). Then they played all day with their new cars and race track.
My husband’s reaction to the HotWheels was just as good at the girls’. He walked in the door a bit late that night, and I could tell at a glance that he was really tired after a very stressful day. Then he turned around and saw the HotWheels track and cars and his whole face lit up. “HotWheels!” he said and I smugly told him I was doing a blog post for them. He was just as excited as the girls and had the race launcher set up for them before he even sat down to have supper.
In a house full of girls, he’s had to get used to lots of pink and glitter and dress-up. So he was excited to have a “gender-neutral” toy for the girls to play with. Until he woke up the next morning and overheard Sunshine saying, “These two cars are getting married.” Yep, that’s how girls play with cars! (Actually, there haven’t been that many weddings among the cars. And I don’t think any of them have names yet. But there’s been lots of races, and that launcher makes me jump every time they hammer it because I think they’re breaking something.)
This summer, HotWheels is once again hosting their FUNdamentals Learning Program. Kids can have fun playing with their HotWheels while working on their math and writing skills at the same time! Just drop by the HotWheels website to download lesson plans for Kindergarten or Grade 1. There’s also a free 4-page activity book with special offers inside.
Flipping through the lesson plans, I was really impressed at how they lined up with activities Sunshine has done this past year in Grade 1. They’d be great to help a child prepare for Grade 1, get ready for Kindergarten, or work on some math or writing skills they were struggling with during the school year. Sunshine has been flying through her math, so most of the activities there looked a bit easy for her, but the writing activities were a great way to get her excited about writing (something she’s been a bit less keen about lately).
I like the fact that I’m not hearing, “Mom, what can I do?” very often since the cars showed up. Jade, who is our early riser, likes to have breakfast and then go play cars until her sisters wake up to play with her. Daddy has helped them fix or rearrange the track a few times, but overall they are content to line up their cars, race them down the track, and drive them around. Maybe we’ll start building some houses with the FUNdamentals learning plans…
To see the girls’ excitement about their new cars and their first track, check out my video:
Do your kids enjoy playing with HotWheels? Do you try to find fun learning activities for them to do over the summer?
I received the HotWheels tracks and cars for the purposes of this review; all opinions expressed are my own.