Best Train Sets for Toddlers
Wooden Train Sets For Toddlers
The magnetic trains really hold my son's attention and he will spend ages putting them all together in a line and pushing them around the track. I would recommend buying quite a few pieces as the more pieces you have the better and more intricate tracks you can build. It's also good to have bridges, tunnels and other accessories.
There are lots of wooden train sets on the market but they are not the only choice. There are lots more exciting train sets aimed at toddlers that are worth checking out.
If your toddler loves Thomas and Friends they will probably love the Thomas trackmaster sets. These sets also have motorized trains which fascinate my own son but they have lots of other features too.
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Best Value Train Set
This set is excellent value and of good quality. There are 128 pieces including lots of staights and curves for endless different tracks. There are also lots of accessory pieces including trees, workers, a roundhouse engine shed and traffic signs. It also includes multi-piece trains and magnetic-tipped cranes, switches and a t-junction for passing lanes. I think you'd be hard pressed to find anything as good quality and with so many accessories for a cheaper price. It will provide hours of track building and imaginatve play for any budding train enthusiast.
Fun Ways to Play Train Tracks with Your Toddler
Playing trains with my son is probably one of my favourite activities to do with him. I think the reason why is I get to be really creative and build all kinds of elaborate and different track. Here are some ways I play with my toddler and his train track.
Make big tracks - The best train tracks are the biggest ones and we see how far we can stretch the train track across the floor.
Build big bridges - We try to build ramps and big bridges out of some of the pieces which is always fun for trains to go under and over. You can use wooden blocks or other toys as supports for your ramps and bridges. Although expect them to fall over now and again!
Brio Train Sets
Brio Classic Eight Figure Set
This set is a great Brio starter set or an expansion set to other Brio sets owned.
It features 22 pieces with train engine, 2 train cars, 14 track sections, crossing bridge, Brio station and 3 trees.
The two train cars are magnetic which are fascinating to small children.
There's also a special bridge with crossing track.
Designed for kids aged 2 plus
Brio sets are designed to last. It's made from solid Beech wood, sanded smooth and meticulously painted with 6 coats of water-based lacquer for a chip resistant, vibrant finish. The track pieces are cut with precision and fit with other pieces easily and well.
Save Money and Buy Track in Bulk
This set opposite a great basic buy of 100 pieces of train track to expand an existing train set at a cheaper price.
It is 100% compatible with Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway System and the Brio Train Track System so you could buy the most expensive high quality trains and accessories and use this track to extend your existing train set for your toddler.
It includes 25 pieces of each: 3.5" curved, 6" curved, 3.5" straight, 6" straight.
More Tips When Buying a Train Set for a Toddler
How interactive is the train set - some train sets have some really interactive parts for toddlers to play with including gates to lift, cranes to work and pieces such as helicopters and airplanes to promote imaginative play. Look at the number of pieces in the train set and see what kinds of pieces there are to encourage imaginative and interactive play.
Number of track pieces - make sure that there are a good number of track pieces in the set you are buying. Many train sets will have a lot of pieces but if half of them are trees and not many of them are tracks this will limit the track configurations you can make.
Check the suggested age range of the track - some tracks are better suited to older toddlers and preschoolers as they may require more skill to play with the set. So its worth checking out the suggested age range of the train set you are buying. Having said this, sometimes the age ranges are misleading so its worth reading reviews as well to see what age children are getting the most of of the set you are buying.
Thomas Take and Play Sets
The take and play sets fold up so is great for storage and very portable too. Therefore, they make a good choice to take along to friends and family's houses to play too. Check out the set below for an idea.
Thomas The Train: Take n' Play Roaring Dino Run
This set comes with Thomas and a cargo car. It's easy to put together. The set features a bridge and mountain track that drop and expand to simulate an avalanche, a dino that roars and fun fossils to plug into the the Megalosaurus exhibit.
It's particularly a good set if you need a toy to entertain your toddler on the go. It's also great if they happen to like both Thomas and dinosaurs.
Kidkraft Waterfall Mountain Train and Table Set
What I love about the Kidkraft train table opposite is the 3 durable red plastic bins for easy clean up and storage. When play is finished it won't take two seconds to put all the track in the bins which is a major plus for parents.
The table comes with 120 piece set. The set includes trains, track, trees, people and buildings. The set is lose (not attached to the table) which is good as kids can have the fun of building the track themselves and making tracks of different configurations. This keeps the play very interesting.
The table also feature special T-moulded edges to prevent chipping and keep the table looking good.
Step 2 Deluxe Canyon Road Train and Table Set
My son plays with this train table at a toddler group he goes to and he loves playing with it and so do the other kids.
It has tracks which are fixed. The advantage of this is that parents don't have to keep fixing tracks which are broken. And kids don't get frustrated when the track breaks. Its great for kids to use to play independently. There are also less pieces to clean up and the track can't get lost.
The step 2 set has a mulit level track with seven non-removable bridges. It comes with 3 piece train set. My son also plays with cars on the tracks as well as trains.
When you have finished playing with it, just throw all the trains into the table and put the lid on. This makes a quick and easy clean up.
When the table cover is on, the table is great for doing things like drawing too.
Thomas the Train TrackMaster Treasure Chase Set
This is a motorised track set with interactive features.
You can connect the set to other track master sets for expanded fun.
The toy is based on the adventure that happens in the Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure movie.
Skiff the rail-boat is trying to escape with the lost treasure, but Thomas won't let him get away without an exciting chase!
Little ones can load the treasure cargo piece into the shed at Brendam Docks so it slides down into Skiff's hull.
Thomas can also push Skiff around the track too.
Trains Sets for Very Young Toddlers
Many of these have extra features such as lights, sounds and songs which make the great for entertaining toddlers. They can often be good for introducing new phrases, which makes them a great learning toy for picking up new vocabulary.
VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Train Station Playset
This is designed for children between ages 1 to 5.
It features a motorized train and 32 interchangeable track pieces for 15 feet of play. You can build lots of different configurations with the track.
There are also songs and sound effects which keep very young toddlers engaged and entertained.
Another good thing about this train set is because it's rather large more than 1 child can play with it at at time which can save on the squabbling if there are siblings who want to play with the track.
Benefits of Playing with Trains and Train Sets
Improve fine motor skills and hand and eye co-ordination. Using their little hands to put track pieces together and push the trains around the track increases the strength and control they have in their hands. Great for writing later on in their school life.
Social skills - working with another person or a team to build a train track helps build social and communication skills. It could be their first experience of working within a team.
Encourages imagination and creativity - putting together different configurations of sets, building towns around the tracks, getting the tracks to fit together in different loops can all help with creativity. Of course train sets also facilitate lots of imaginative play too.
Increases vocabulary - as you build together with your toddler, talk to them about what you are building, what different pieces of track and of the engine are called and play while talking through scenarios. A great way to introduce little ones to new words and vocabulary.