Ham (19 mos) likes cars and loves pretending to drive, so we got him the Chicco Toys Smart Driver. It’s pretty cool. It’s got a steering wheel, of course, plus features mimicking a real car’s, plus some educational aspects.
My favorite features are the turn signal and key/ignition. The movement and sounds are so realistic and satisfying. My least favorites are the brake and accelerator, because you have to push the buttons with your hands. Nica tries to put her feet on them, though. I have no idea how she knows that you use your foot to brake and accelerate. I guess she can see a lot more from the back seat than I thought!
Though we got this toy for Ham, it’s Nica who uses it more. Ham only wants to play with this when someone else is already playing with it. (I admit, sometimes that someone is me. Apparently, after a long day of driving the kids around, I like to relax by pretending to drive. What the hell?) Nica plays elaborate pretend games involving this driving toy. Not surprisingly, she likes to play mommy and pretend to drive Ham around. Sometimes Ham is her baby. Sometimes he’s… someone else.