When it comes to discussing the various reasons that remote control, or radio control, cars are beneficial to kids, it’s tempting to simply say, “Because they’re fun!”
And, while this is certainly true, there are far more benefits for remote control car users than just having a great time.
Why Remote Control Cars?
Interactive toys are nothing new today, but there are some more “traditional” ones that have a huge audience and fan base, such as model railroading, which is evolving, but still going strong. Then there are the boats. In fact, according to one site, “RC boats are becoming one of the most popular categories of remote control vehicle.”
But the cars… nothing beats the intimacy and excitement of operating a remote control car!
The variety of vehicles, for example, makes the hobby inviting to a wide range of enthusiasts. When you consider that an RC “car” can be anything from Rock Crawlers, Monster Trucks, and Buggies, to Road Cars, Tanks, and even Construction Equipment.
Remote control cars are accessible. You don’t need water, a flying park, or a space in the house for a railroad diorama. You just need the ground and everyone has that. In addition, your RC car isn’t going to get stuck in a tree or get obliterated crashing into a field. And it won’t sink into a pond or lake. (Just stay clear of the water!)
And, last but certainly not least, remote control cars can be used at almost any age with cars made especially for kids as young as three years old.
Kids Can Benefit From Using Remote Control Cars
For starters, when you want to have a lot of fun with a remote controlled car, you need to go outside. This is why RC cars are great for getting kids to playing outdoors and interact with other children, while also learning to play well with other kids, take turns, and how to be a good winner or loser.
With the “epidemic” of video game playing in the United States, especially boys, just getting outside to play is a benefit for kids.
Perhaps the best way to introduce kids to using a remote control car is to go out with them. And a great way to foster that interest and make it more valuable, is to continue to participate. In fact, going with your child to play with their RC cars is a perfect way for families to spend quality time together.
The truth is that a remote control car does not have to be expensive. But many can be and, along with being a quality investment in your child, owning such a toy can serve to teach your child responsibility and the importance of care of belongings.
In addition to these social and family development benefits, there are physiological benefits, as well.
For example, playing with RC cars can significantly develop and improve a child’s visual-motor coordination. This is the ability to coordinate visual information with motor output. Along with this skill is visual perception, which is the ability to recognize, recall, discriminate and make sense of what we see.
RC car play enhances spatial awareness spatial intelligence and awareness skills, which results in increased dexterity. In addition, kids learn about cause-and-effect during play as they work out which buttons make the car go in each direction.
While playing with other children, it also teaches them to swerve around obstacles they can’t control.
And it is no stretch to say that playing with remote control cares promotes creativity and imagination. While adults may be content to have their cars zip around a parking lot, or engage in structured games or competition, kids tend to use their imagination and create make-believe settings and scenarios.
Oh, and one last thought about the benefits of RC cars: they can be an opportunity to learn about building and understanding “what makes it work.”
Most RC cars come pre-assembled and ready to roll right out of the box, so to speak. But there are some kit cars that are designed to be assembled by the purchaser. Depending on the age of the child, this can be a great learning project and an opportunity to build a skill set that is quickly vanishing in our society.
Remote Control Cars and Fundemonium: A Truly Fun Combination
Fundemonium is more than just a toy, hobby, and game store; it is a family fun experience, where families and hobby enthusiasts of all ages can meet and play.
At Fundemonium we offer a safe and friendly place where adults and children of all ages can experience creative fun, a great selection of toys, games, and hobbies for your entire family, and a knowledgeable and friendly staff concerned with helping you have fun.
We do our best to quickly respond to inquiries about remote control cars (and other toys!) through our website, but you can also find an answer to your question by calling us.
If you’d like to speak directly with one of our Fundemoniacs during our business hours, you can call us at (707) 540-0701.
Thanks, and we’ll see you soon!