Michael SimariCar and Driver
We’re all about encouraging the next generation of car enthusiasts and auto engineers. Luckily for us, there are plenty of toys and games for kids of all ages that will get them excited about cars and trucks or expand on an interest they’ve already shown. This holiday season, if you’re looking for the perfect toy for a car-loving toddler, young kid, or preteen, we have 20 suggestions to get you started. And we’re not just talking about basic toy cars here. Some of these toys make us jealous we weren’t born in this decade. If you’re seeking suggestions for younger or older automotive enthusiasts, check out our list of gifts for teens and our comprehensive holiday gift guide.
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Candylab Toys Wooden Cars
Instead of a plastic toy car or truck, why not go with a beautifully designed wooden one from Candylab? There are several designs including this wood-paneled SUV, a taxicab, a police car, and delivery vans.
R&T Crew Subscription Box
Sure to tickle the fancy of any budding automotive enthusiast is our sister brand Road & Track’s kid-focused R&T Crew subscription box. It starts at $25 and includes a special magazine as well as activities, games, and branded gear. For a limited time, take 10 percent off at checkout when buying a full one-year subscription. Use discount code SPEED10.
Hot Wheels ID Smart Track Starter Kit
Forget the low-tech Hot Wheels tracks you had when you were a kid. Today’s youngsters get to grow up with the Hot Wheels ID track, which provides connectivity to a tablet or smartphone and has cars with unique capabilities and digital fingerprints.
Lego Speed Champions Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Race Car
Lego’s most challenging Technic sets are difficult even for adults, but kids aren’t left out of the brick-building fun. The famed toy brand’s Speed Champions line lets kids as young as seven build some of their favorite sports and racing cars, and most come with a special mini-figure outfitted to match.
Lego Duplo Lightning McQueen’s Race Day Set
If you have a toddler who’s eager to get in on the Lego action, consider this Duplo set starring Pixar’s Lightning McQueen and his trusty tow-truck pal Tow Mater.
USPS Mail Truck
Treat your youngster to this limited edition die-cast truck and support the U.S. Postal Service all in one fell swoop. This white heavy-duty truck is roughly the same size as the Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars your little auto enthusiast already has, and doesn’t their little make-believe town need a delivery truck? We think so.
LOL Surprise Car-Pool Coupe with Exclusive Doll
In the cute and kitschy world of LOL Surprise, this suspiciously Corvette-esque sports car doubles as a swimming pool. How’s that for a surprise?
Little Tikes D.I.Y. Cozy Coupe with Craft Kit
OH-EM-GEE! Remember the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe? It’s been re-imagined for a new era with a DIY angle. This all-white model comes with special paints and decals that let your little one do their own paint job and, if they tire of their design, they can wipe it clean and start fresh.
Melissa & Doug Nesting & Sorting Garages & Cars
Here’s another option for little kids. This cute car toy helps kids aged two to four with counting, colors, and sorting skills.
Anki Overdrive: Fast & Furious Edition
Think of the Anki Overdrive as the slot-car track for the new generation. It links with your kid’s smartphone or tablet and lets them race their friends using small robotic race cars. How cool is that?
Ages 9 months+
Melissa & Doug Pull-Back Construction Vehicles
These plush Melissa & Doug construction trucks are perfect for the youngest car enthusiasts. Older babies and toddlers can pull them back and watch them go.
Off-Road Stunt RC Truck
This wild little remote=control truck can go up to 7 mph, and its design lets it do stunts without having to worry about it flipping over. Its wheels are large enough so that it can still drive itself even if it flips. The ad says the controls are easy enough for a baby, but we’d suggest this toy for a slightly older audience.
Bruder Asphalt Drum Compactor
Hot Wheels Mario Kart Die-Cast Cars
Get your kids these die-cast cars driven by their favorite Mario Kart characters this holiday season to go along with that new Nintendo Switch they’ve been asking for.
Matchbox Four-Level Garage
This Matchbox garage features everything your kid needs to make sure their favorite die-cast cars are well maintained, including a car wash and a service station.
Whether they are just starting out their collection or they’re looking for some new wheels, this 20-pack of Matchbox cars will be a source of endless fun. Every box comes with a bonus Matchbox car poster.
Laser Pegs 6-in-1 Monster Truck Building Set
What’s a laser peg, you ask? Think Legos that light up in bright colors thanks to integrated LED lights. This kit provides enough to build six different truck designs but the company also sells kits for race cars, helicopters, bulldozers, and more.
Rally Racer 10-in-1 Erector Set
This Rally Racer from Erector is great for your kid’s STEM education—and they will have so much fun building it, they won’t even know they’re learning. This 159-piece set includes an electric motor to provide propulsion for the finished product.
Max Fuel & Duel Rocket Racers
Here’s another great learning toy for older kids. Using the power of chemistry, your future scientist can propel these Rocket Racers to victory on the drag strip. And according to the packaging it’s 100 percent kid safe.
Sphero RVR: All-Terrain Programmable Coding Robot
The Sphero RVR is perfect for kids whose interests include both cars and computers. This programmable robot comes with an app that teaches the user how to code while encouraging your child to actually hack its CPU to make it do even cooler things.
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