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Four of the Best Car TV Shows that Your Car Crazy Kid will Love

 

4 of the best car TV shows you can watch for free on YouTube

Good car TV shows are few and far between.  These are some of our favourite car TV shows from YouTube.

We actually don’t watch much TV and we have a pretty strict low tech approach with our Car Crazy Kid.  We don’t let him play with iPad’s, other tablets or our iPhones.

To be honest we’ve never needed to distract him with our phones when we’re out or at home.  The world is just a constantly changing road to a Car Crazy Kid with a couple of cars in his hand, his pocket, your pocket and your handbag.  There are roads everywhere that his cars just can’t wait to drive on. Cracks in pavements, patterns in upholstery fabric, bench seats and coffee tables all become roads for little cars or fingers. Embracing his car craziness really has allowed his imagination flourish.

Part of our reason for limiting TV and technology was the development of an eye tic and facial grimace that developed around 18 months old within days of us introducing TV. If he watched a lot of TV it got worse. We’d catch him doing in the rear view mirror and glance at each other in the car. So we stopped all TV and technology and it went away. It came back when we moved home to another state and we let him watch a lot of TV while we packed.

So we’re pretty picky about what we watch. We watch about 4-20 minutes each night as part of his part of his pre-bed wind down routine. We all sit on the couch together and watch all sorts of things like Sarah and Duck, Peppa Pig, Clangers and Ben and Holly.

But he regularly asks us to watch “something with cars in it that I’ve never, ever seen before”.

There’s a distinct preference towards “talking cars” as well.

In our world there are two types of cars, talking and normal. And there’s just not a lot out there and what there is tends to be really, really annoying. I can’t be the only mum who can’t stand the stupid music and voice overs in TV shows like Bob the Builder?

So we were on a mission to find some good car TV shows. We had a few requirements of our own: the voiceover or music couldn’t be too stupid and annoying and it mustn’t be too try hard educational or crazy and overstimulating.

The credit for finding these little gems actually goes to his nanna who hunted through YouTube and found the best. We love these car TV shows. Our Car Crazy Kid loves them even more. Some are 4 minutes long, others will run up to 40 minutes. All are freely available on YouTube to watch on your TV, tablet or phone when you’re out and about. Just type their name into the YouTube search bar or your favourite browser and you’ll find them all easily.

Dr Mac Wheelie

Dr Mac Wheelie is a female mechanic with a very interesting accent. You can choose your voice over language or watch the original with no speaking. It’s a great interactive way to spend time with your kid, talking about what you’re watching and wondering together what’s going to happen next.

Anyway, Dr Mac Wheelie is pretty cool and she fixes broken engines, tow trucks, monster trucks, race cars and even a tank. She has a robot helper called Handy and there is an episode where you see the good Doc design and build Handy. Each episode is about 4 minutes long. You can find the YouTube playlist of English narrated Dr Mac Wheelie here

Dr Mac WheelieCar Wash Compilation

Running at about a 49 minute viewing time this is what we watch during the day when he just needs to mong* out. Those hot, sticky, humid and cranky days where you just want to lose yourself in something. There are lots of shapes in it so it must be a bit educational! There’s no voice over or speaking.

Different vehicles drive into a car wash after you’re first shown how they became “absolutely filthy dirty”. You see the car progress through the car wash with the dirt slowly disappearing. There’s a police car, monster truck, fire engine and a whole heap more.

I find the background music is pretty annoying so we watch it with the sound turned down low. Perfect for when he just wants to mong* on a hot February day.

Here is the link to the free YouTube full length version of Car Wash Compilation

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Excavator Max

Follows Excavator Max and his buddy Toy Truck Leo. You’ll find the voice over narrator familiar if you’ve listened to the English version of Dr Mac Wheelie. There are lots of various trucks, cars and vehicles being assembled from parts in the back of Leo or found in a surprise egg hiding in the playground. There’s always a part missing that they search the playground to find. This really seems to tickle that need to pull things apart to have a look and figure out how they work and go together which seems so common in young boys especially.

The characters don’t speak and the narration is slow and gentle. Visually it’s also not too overstimulating and they seem to have gotten the background music just right in this one. Each episode is between 3 and 4 minutes long.

You can find the YouTube playlist for Excavator Max and Leo hereMax and leo

Fire Station Compilation

Another car TV show that is perfect mong* material but at 23 minutes is a much shorter length than Car Wash Compilation. Does this make it entry level mong material?

It’s basically a compilation of lots of shorter fire engine cartoons of about 3-4 minutes each. Lots of bright and bold visuals that aren’t overly stimulating. Music and sound effects are also a tad annoying but are bearable when the sound is turned right down low. There is no speaking or voiceover but there are some sight words in a small section that name the various fire truck parts.

You can watch Fire Station Compilation for free on YouTube here

Fire engine compilation

 

*To ‘mong’ – often described as quiet time but it’s actually a distinctly different state. Reading is not monging. Sometimes you’re just too tired to read but you’ve grown past the need to have day sleeps so instead you need to just mong for a bit. To mong means to assume a catatonic position and just stare – at ceilings or out of windows are common. It’s a bit like a power nap where you just check out for a bit.

As adults, when the need to mong appears we often drink coffee or consume sugar. Instead we should get our mong-on and have a power nap or watch a good movie. The world would be a better place for it.

 

This is not a paid endorsement of any kind. No payment received or favours given blah blah blah.  These are simply some damn good car TV shows found on YouTube for Car Crazy Kids!

 

Printable Roads: My Fave Free Car Games for Kids

Rainy day ideas for Car Crazy Kids

When I first discovered the world of free printables online, I admit I went a bit crazy myself.  There are so many amazing free car games for kids that you can simply print out at home for instant play and entertainment.  The toner in our laser printer copped a boot camp style workout and our  bargain laminator that we picked from Aldi recently has also been working overtime with all of these free printables.

When you have a Car Crazy Kid, roads in every form imaginable fill your waking and dreaming hours.  I’ve spent a fortune on various toys, roads and play mats to facilitate imaginative car play so it’s nice to come across some free car games for kids obsessed by wheels.

Here’s my Car Crazy Kid’s favourite top 3 printable roads

Picklebum’s Printable Roads

These are by far our favourite printable roads.  There are also some really cool printable street signs and traffic lights too.  There are so many things to love about these simple roads.  They can also be a great scissor practice exercise for older kids to cut out.

We printed ours on regular printer paper and then I laminated them as at the moment most of the Car Crazy Kids games end in total annihilation, destruction and spectacular road mangling car crashes.  The lamination saves our poor printer from working too much overtime. The downside with laminating them is that they slide around but this is easily fixed with a small piece of tape connecting each road together.

These printable roads worked for a while as stand alone road play props but their real beauty has been as highways joining other play roads around the house.  A little bit of effort to set up but we had several days straight play from these.  Like our car play mats, I rotate these type of roads to keep things fresh, so our Picklebum roads and road signs are currently on a rotation hiatus in the cupboard ready to re-excite in a few weeks time.   You’ll find Picklebum’s free printable roads here.

Highway numbers from Make Learning Fun

My Car Crazy Kid has become totally obsessed with numbers recently, almost to the point that we thought of changing his name to The Count.  He LOVED these number shaped roads.  I printed and then laminated for longevity.  They also have alphabet letters in upper and lower case which have also been printed and laminated.

As wonderfully educational as these roads look to adults, they didn’t spark the same level of open ended imaginary car play that plain roads and car play mats seem to stimulate.  Although the excitement level was super high, it wasn’t long lasting.  You can find the highway numbers and letters from Make Learning Fun here.

Disney’s Cars Radiator Springs Play Set

We have a set of mini plastic Car’s cars that I mistakenly bought off Ebay last year thinking that they were the normal diecast style and size.  They have been a firm favourite with the Car Crazy Kid ever since.  This free printable Radiator Springs play road works perfectly with these mini Cars.  Like the others, the road has been laminated for longevity and is the perfect size for travelling.  We haven’t printed off the mini paper car figurines that come as part of it but will do so the next time we have a long trip ahead of us.

Like the highway numbers, this printable road doesn’t inspire the marathon play sessions that other roads do, but when it’s been tucked away for a while it’ll easily give us an extra 30 minutes in bed on the weekend.  I simply leave it on the bedside table with his mini cars so it’s there ready for when the Car Crazy Kid comes in for his morning snuggle.  Dad’s feet at the end of the bed become Foot Mountain for some extended value added play time and extra snoozing.  You can find the free printable Radiator Springs play set here.

 

* this is not a sponsored post in any way.  I’ve downloaded and printed a LOT of free car games for kids and these free printable roads have been big hits in our house with the Car Crazy Kid so I’m simply sharing the love.  Oh, and they’re free!

 

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