The First Years has designed a Thomas the Train Set for children ages 18 months and up! It uses larger trains that are easier to maneuver with smaller hands and fixed wooden tracks that do not become dislodged or break into multiple pieces causing frustration. My one year old son was nearby when I opened the Early Engineers Roundabout Station set for review and he proceeded to pretty much taste every piece of this set. The pieces are larger and because they were designed for such young children, none of them could completely fit inside his mouth. Developmentally, the first shape children tend to be able to place inside a puzzle is a circle. The accessories to this set all have circular bottoms, which makes it easier for young children to set up themselves! Even better, these playsets are compatible with the train sets designed for older children, so it’s a great way for younger children to participate in a train experience while bridging the age gap to minimize frustration! There are several playsets available including the Rock and Roll Quarry Set, Busy Day on Sodor Set, plus 8 different individual trains (James, Percy, Gordon, Henry, Rosie, Salty, Stanley, Thomas).
Learning Curve provided this train set free to facilitate a review. The opinions expressed in this blog post are purely the bloggers own.