41Biw5p1NGLGentlemen (and women) start your engines! The Grand Prix grandstand cleverly disguises the sturdy suitcase that holds all you need for a race around the track. Kids loved opening it up to reveal the three wooden race cars complete with drivers and 21 double sided puzzle pieces to configure the track., “Whoa, awesome!” The lively illustrations around the inside of the case depict a pit stop and tire change, gas fill-up, scoreboard for laps and car position, and winners’ podium. Kids got out the track and immediately started to set their race around the case. “I’m ready for the race. Which car do you want?”  Acting out the race, using the 20 flag stickers to represent a country, re-configuring the track and engaging in a little celebratory win are all part of the story that kids create through their pretend play, building language skills along the way. Here’s to the winner!

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