10 Fun Ways to Play Trains with Your 2 or 3 Year Old
1.) Build the biggest train layout possible. We used to try and use up all the space in the room with a train track. It used to weave in and out of furniture and the the trains had far to travel which kept my son really occupied in his imaginative play with his trains.
3.) Go outdoors. Build your train track outdoors. You can use your outdoor surroundings to create interesting scenery for your train’s journey.
4.) Build a train rollercoaster. Not something we have done ourselves but there are some great blogs with children and parents who have built rollercoasters. Check out wooden train rollercoaster http://play-trains.com/building-mini-light-boxes-wooden-train-roller-coaster-tracks/.
The rollercoaster is supported by wooden block supports which come with many train sets and plastic boxes.
5.) For the young ones, there are lots of educational activities that you can do with trains. If you have enough trains you can sort them by number and colour. You can make letters with the trains. You can also have You can do maths with trains. Have a line of trains, how many are there. Take away two, how many is left?
6.) Use other toys and props you have with the train tracks to create a town or mini city. We have built mini towns with farms (using lego blocks for fences and toy animals), train stations using lego, houses and flats using cardboard boxes and megabloks have been used to build towers. There have been boats used by the town on the sea. The train goes around all the different places and people get on and off and use the facilities. It makes for great imaginative play.
7.) Another idea is to make trains for wooden tracks out of lego. This blog shows you how to do it. http://play-trains.com/design-your-own-lego-wooden-train/
8.) Create your own train mat. You can use a big cardboard box and draw on lines where the tracks will go. You can create your own landscape with grass, flowers, and fields. You could make it a really big arts and crafts project and make your own trees, plants and other objects for your surroundings.
9.) Arts activities. There are lots of arts activities you can do with trains. You can make train tracks on paper by painting some paint on the bottom of the train wheels. Or fill a baking tray with some shaving cream foam and use the trains to make train tracks in the foam. Or use play doh and make train imprints in the play doh. You could also make your own trains out of cardboard. Check out how here.
10.) Take your trains to new environments. If you're going somewhere different and need a way to entertain your little one, consider taking some trains and a bit of train track with you. You can build train tracks on the sand at the beach, in the countryside on a picnic, around the furniture at a relatives house which may give lots of opportunities of how to build a track and different objects you can weave a track in and out of. This can facilitate imaginative play in new ways too.