The brave puppies of PAW Patrol are always ready to lend a helping hand to protect the Adventure Bay community from all kinds of trouble and emergencies. Fans of Nickelodeon‘s popular preschool series can take part in some of those heroic pursuits off screen with Melissa & Doug’s PAW Patrol Rescue Mission Wooden Dashboard.
Recommended for kids ages 3 and up, the set features a steering wheel mounted on a wooden dashboard with all sorts of lights, sound effects, and moving parts that will take kids’ imaginations into their favorite storylines. The dashboard looks like a real vehicle dashboard, with a key that turns with the sound of an engine revving, a gear shift, turn signals, a horn, a siren, and more.
The different buttons and car parts are not just for show: Kids can turn them and push them to pretend they’re really driving. One of the coolest features is the scrolling GPS screen. As kids turn the steering wheel, they are actually navigating a little car along the road map, which will continually scroll to make drivers feel like they’re in motion, even though they’re stationary.
The pretend driving is fun enough on its own, but the set also features rescue missions to give preschoolers a goal to work toward. It comes with three double-sided mission cards (six missions in total) that kids can slide into the windshield to set the scene for their epic rescues. The cards depict emergency scenarios like a truck falling through a cracked road, a boat stranded at sea, a kid who fell over on the sidewalk, a cow sinking into the mud at a farm, and more. Parents can store the mission cards in the back of the dashboard when kids are done playing to keep everything in one place.
After kids select their mission, they can also set the dial to match the character that needs help and press a button to hear the voices of those awaiting rescue. Kids can pick different PAW Patrol characters to help them with their missions by pressing the buttons with the dogs on them. There is also another button that features Ryder giving mission instructions based on the pups that kids choose for their rescue mission — and kids can set the voices to either English, Spanish, or French. Kids can respond to Ryder or talk to the people and animals they are rescuing by recording a message and playing it back with the microphone button.
If you find it difficult to tear your kids away from their favorite TV shows, this is a way to give them a break from watching PAW Patrol on TV by making them feel like they are a vital part of a PAW Patrol storyline off screen. The scrolling GPS feature will also make them feel like they’re playing a video game, and they’ll get a chance to use their imaginations and think up creative ways to rescue those who need help.
The Rescue Mission Wooden Dashboard will make preschoolers the main characters in their own rescue missions while teaching them that no job is too big and no pup is too small to lend someone a helping hand.