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A hobby enjoyed by young and old for decades, trains and train sets are quintessential toys, whether they are for play or considered collectibles. From a track circling a Christmas tree to the happy, familiar face of Thomas the Tank Engine, this is one type of toy that never goes out of style.
Trains are intriguing for children - kids love to watch them go. And in the playroom, the child is the conductor, deciding what cargo will be dropped off next or where the train is heading this afternoon. From a figure 8 to a sprawling web of tracks, playing with trains will help shape your child's mind!
When it comes to train railways and their associated trains and cars, it is important to note what fits together. For example, all the tracks in the Thomas Wooden Railway are interchangeable (and therefore, customizable!) and all of the Thomas engines and cars can ride the tracks. But, not all train sets and their cards are interchangeable, so keep this in mind as you purchase items. Often, you are committing to an entire brand and its accessories, so be sure to research your options and pick the train set that works best for your and your children.
We have several “introductory” train sets that will let you know to what degree your child latches on to this exciting new hobby, before you decide to invest into particular sets! Look closely at what fits and you can expand these introductory sets into full-fledged railway communities.
Other than the smaller, one-piece train toys where track is not an issue, one thing is certain: a level playing surface is needed. The simplest solution is a cleared off coffee table or dining table. Or, if your child is fine with it, why not use the floor?
You can take the next step and give a train a fitting home - a Train Table! There are also coordinating Train Trundles that make extra storage easy. These high-quality tables and trundles can also serve as a spot for other playtime activities as well.
Of course, parents and other adults like to see kids having fun, but a train set is one kind of toy that can be absolutely fun for any age. (Maybe even more fun for the adults!) You can be there to assist with putting the track together and offer other support needed.
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