Do you have a Cars fan? Are you looking for a little device-free play?
We’ve got two in the house. Sol’s love of NASCAR fell into an easy love of the Cars franchise. The Cars movie was on near constant repeat, and he was a fan favorite. He adored the feel-good story of Lightning McQueen, Mater and Radiator Springs, and could often be found with the little Hot Wheels size replicas of Lightning and Friends in his hands. I loved the “can do” theme and the inspirational message of “if you keep trying with the right support that absolutely anything is possible.” Now that Sol is older, he plays with his Cars less, but Noah has found his own love of Cars, things with wheels and the world of Lightning McQueen. It has been a sweet bonding experience for the boys and funny to see how time passes, but fun is still fun. The premiere of the new movie and a recent trip to Disney World reinvigorated the love of the Cars movies even more.
More than once, I’ve heard them imitating sound of revving engines and the dramatic crash of cars to be followed by laughter, giggles and their own version of NASCAR play-by-play. This morning, we opened the Spinmaster Cars Game Thunder Hollow Mud Madness. It was graciously sent by Shopher Media and Spinmaster and has been sitting on my desk for a couple of days. Noah has been stalking the package like a kid waiting for Christmas.
Inside is the board game inspired by the new Cars 3 movie. Made for 3-8 year olds, I wondered if Noah and my nephew RJ would love it and if Solomon would be bored, but it was fantastic. It kept them occupied and let them use their imaginations in a non-digital way.
I set the game on the table while I was making breakfast and asked Sol if he could get it set up. He flipped the box over and set to work. The instructions are easy, simply complete laps to win. The board game itself is set up as four large puzzle pieces with two mini cars for moving pieces, a pair of dice and set of tracking pieces. One side is the game and the other is a poster style image that I need to modpodge or glue together because Noah kept wanting to stare at the “Whightening Racecars” (Lightning Race Cars in 3 year old speak). They both loved it. Sol liked the dice throw, moving the pieces and “and the thrill of victory”. Noah simply liked rolling the cars around. It was super cute.
Spin Master Games – Cars 3 toys are available now at Walmart, Amazon and Toys”R”Us. The Cars 3 Games come in three different versionsThe Spin Master Cars 3 game comes in three different versions and are available via Amazon, Walmart and Toys ‘R’ Us. We chose the Cars 3 Thunder Hollow Mud Madness as pictured below.