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Absolutely awesome-- my one-year-old LOVES it!
on May 9, 2014
A lot of these reviews are critical of this item's size, and say it is unsuitable for toddlers, so I want to address that issue.
I purchased this for my one-year-old, and he is completely enamored of it. His fine motor skills could use some improvement, so I wasn't expecting him to be able to use this by himself on the first try-- but he managed to get it to work after only a few minutes of trial and error. This is due in large part to the construction-- even if the cars aren't perfectly on the track, they still go down with relative ease. My son also figured out that if one got stuck (because he put it on sideways) a little jiggle of the ramps would set it right. So your child doesn't have to have the fine motor skills of a preschooler to get enjoyment out of this.
Also, my son rarely pays attention to toys for more than a few minutes, but this kept his full attention for nearly 15 minutes. In that respect it is perfect for his developmental stage-- it's not too complicated, but it is interesting and requires enough engagement that he doesn't get tired of it immediately. I wouldn't buy it for children any younger, though; even if they had the fine motor skills, the cars move REALLY fast, so might be hard for them to keep track of.
And yes, the cars are VERY small-- a bit smaller than an eraser. I would definitely not leave young children unsupervised with it. My son is nearly 14 months and still puts EVERYTHING in his mouth, but frankly he was so entranced with this that he only tried it once, and since I was supervising I was able to quickly correct him.
For these reasons I'm actually convinced that this is a great toddler toy, but ONLY WITH SUPERVISION.
Overall, this item is beautifully made, and appears quite sturdy. The colors are classic and it is incredibly attractive. The cars are wood, but of a really good weight which helps them to self-correct if they are put on slightly crooked. I would definitely purchase this item again, and I'm sure my son would too!