Chicco Toys Smart Driver

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.

 

1) LANGUAGE SELECTOR (Spanish or English)
2) DESTINATION BUTTON: names the place (school, supermarket, mechanic, playground, home) and plays a corresponding sound
3) REAR-VIEW MIRROR
4) BLINKER
5) TURN SIGNAL
6) GEAR SHIFT: counts 1 to 10
7) ON/OFF/VOLUME
8) BRAKE AND ACCELERATOR
9) KEY AND IGNITION: when you put the key in and turn it, makes ignition and revving sounds
10) BLINKER
11) FUEL FILLER: cap opens to reveal a button, which when pressed makes “filling” sound
12) STEERING WHEEL: when you press the yellow button, it says something about the destination it’s pointing to; the green button is the horn; the red button plays music.

 

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.

 

One comment on “Chicco Toys Smart Driver

  1. Wendy says:

    This seems much cooler than the Fisher Price version we have. It only sings the alphabet. What does the alphabet have to do with driving a car? I guess that’s how they promote it as “educational.”

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