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Little cars such as Hot Wheels and Matchbox brand cars provide hours of fascination and fun while teaching an intense awareness of detail during long conversations that compare obscure details of each vehicle. This helps prepare children for distinguishing small differences such as between 2 and 5 or S and Z or b and d. These cars are a great first step into the world of money and finance for little kids. Buying hotwheels can accidentally become an expensive habit quickly and starts with buying "just one this time" during trips to the store. Use the low prices to your advantage, instead, and offer your child a chance to earn cash for small odd jobs around the house. Saving up for his (usually) next dream car will somewhat reduce the chance he'll want to smash it with a hammer or block. However, this is a pretty common urge, and is generally a harmless way to let off some extra energy, especially if he's paid for the cars himself. Eventually he'll figure it out all on his own that smashing cars to bits is a poor use of his hard-earned spending money.

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  • MONEY - and some words
  • SOCIAL SKILLS - and some words

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