We recently received two Nintendo LABO kits, the Variety Kit and the Vehicle Kitc (A Toy Insider STEM 10 Winner 2018). While we enjoy both I am partial to the vehicle kit. We received the kits for free and opinions are 100% our own. I have some affiliate links below that you can use to get the kits for yourselves. So far I’ve built the steering wheel and a I am looking forward to building more of the kit over the holiday break. I built the steering wheel first because I enjoy driving games the most. I’m not the best flyer. At least with Driving I am good about not overcompensating the turns. In flight, I am an ungainly bird. I’m also excited about the submarine toycon. That looks very interesting and I can’t wait to explore under the sea with Andrew and Eva.
I built the steering wheel by myself. It took a long time to do and I knew that Andrew would not have the patience to do it. He does enjoy helping and folding the cardboard but only for a little while. I didn’t want to start and then have to stop down to entertain him as we built the toycon. I just knew that he would want to get right to driving using the steering wheel and gas pedal toycons. So I built everything while the kids were at school. The game comes with video step by step instructions on how to fold and assemble all the toycons. This is a very efficient and entertaining way to so this, I will let him work with me a little as we make the flight stick and the submarine.
When I introduced the steering wheel to the kids they were excited. We started the adventure game that comes with the Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit. Kids can drive, fly and go under the water through this game. The kids have become great little drivers. They have played a few times and each time I am more impressed with how fluidly they make the car go. They even expertly fuel it up during their travels.
The Vehicle Kit’s steering wheel is a genius product. I love how, through the use of cardboard and rubber bands, we can make a fully functional steering wheel. The setup uses all points of the joycon and this includes sending infrared signals to the joycon from the assembled toycon. Using reflective tape strips enabled the joycon to receive special signals through the IR receivers.
There are many more things that we can do with this kit and the joycons. Eventually we will get into the programming aspect of this toy and then the kids will be off on their own creating experimental games with the joycons and testing out the coding options.I certainly want to learn more about that.
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