Disclosure: I was provided a sample to review, and one to give away, by VTech.
Can I be brutally honest with you all?
When I was given the opportunity to review the Go! Go! Smart Wheels™ Train Station Playset, I came THIS close to politely declining. It’s not that I didn’t think it looked super fun– I did!– it’s just that I only have one child who falls within the recommended age range (1 – 5 years.)
But, then, two things occurred to me: 1) many of YOU have children in that age range and it would be a delight to give one away to you and 2) older children ALWAYS enjoy playing with the “baby” toys– they just play with them in more involved, complicated ways.
So I said “yes”, and I’m so glad I did!
The Go! Go! Smart Wheels enhance one of the most popular play patterns, while teaching important learning skills, boosting imaginative play through cause and effect, encouraging interactivity and providing an outlet for good old-fashioned role play. I’m a big ol’ fan of role play and pretend play– hence all the dress up clothes and pretend food around this place!
There are 32 interchangeable track pieces that can combine into many different configurations as the included motorized train engine and cargo car chug on by.
This is where having older kids involved probably helps a lot. The flat truth is that I was able to open the box and say “go to it” and they happily played for hours. While I have no doubt that young toddler hands can handle grabbing the chunky train pieces, I’m not sure many one-year-olds could really assemble the track.
The little train that’s included (and other Go! Go! Smart Wheels™ SmartPoint™ vehicles sold separately) respond to 10 SmartPoint locations with different phrases, music or fun sound effects. Honestly, I was grateful that there were so many different sounds going on because it greatly reduced the “parental annoyance” factor that can sometimes occur with “noisy toys”– ha!
Truly, though the train is battery-powered and moves around on its own, my favorite part of the whole track was the conveyor belt that needs to be hand-cranked. Again, this might be too difficult for the younger toddlers to manipulate, but, for preschoolers and beyond, it’s a ton of fun.
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