One of the coolest toys to roll in here this season is the Throttle Motorcycle from Worx Toys’ EduTech line. Had it been earlier in the year, I would’ve covered this one in my “Rock Father Rides” section, but the uniqueness of these vehicle has it firmly planted right here in my 2013 Holiday Gift Guide. Coming from a company that was founded by a trio of Dads with inquisitive kids, the EduTech line goes beyond a standard plaything and offers kids a genuine educational experience by teaching them about basic functions of the rides they love. In the case of Throttle, we have a speedy motorcycle with a transparent casing that through lights, sounds, and an accompanying book, explores everything from headlights to transmission.
The included hardcover book takes the shape of a tablet – and interesting approach to old-school learning with a new-school flair. Telling the story of a kid whose parents own a toy store (where he gets to test the new toys), your kids can follow along by entering codes found on each page into a sequence on their bike. Using the video game-familiar icons of square, circle, triangle, x, each sequence plays a key role in the experience as it gives a real-world payoff to what is on the printed page. At the end, a “Certificate of Completion” can be filled out and dated to signify that your little one now has “expert knowledge of motorcycles… understanding of safety… and the rules of the road.”
As of this posting, it looks as though the EduTech motorcycle may be hard to find this holiday season (NOTE: I just found out that you can find them at Target stores), but keep checking retailers and the official site. Other vehicles in the line include a firetruck, car, and helicopter, and can be purchased from retailers such as my affiliate, Amazon.