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Best Children's train table - Recommended for toddlers and preschoolers

Updated on December 30, 2014

Why buy a children's train table?

My boys both loved playing with a train table. They are perfect for toddlers upwards. My sons both played with them from around 18 months when they would pull themselves up and pick up and look at the trains and track. As they got older they are great for imaginative play.

Children's train tables are great for keeping play at children's eye level and keeping all the mess of the floor. Storage facilities in a lot of the train tables make clearing up quick and easy. Just throw all the trains in the storage compartments and everything is tidied away and in the right place for the next play session.

Many train tables have dual use and you can use them for other activities such as race tracks or drawing. Also a lot of train tables can be used for years. Once your child has passed the train stage the table could be used for lego or crafts.

If you keep your train table is good condition, in general they have a good resale value on sites like craiglist or ebay. You could also consider buying one from these sites or even building your own to keep the costs down.

Read on to find the best children's train table for you.

What to Consider When Buying a Train Table

There are lots of considerations you need to think about when buying a train table:

Size - You need to consider where you will put it and whether you have the space. Size is also important for playing. The table needs to be wide enough so that you have enough space to build your train tracks. Also is the table big enough for more than one child? This may not be important if you just have one child but if you have siblings or friends around often - it can be useful to have a bigger table.

Storage - In my experience the best train tables are ones which have ample storage and make it easy to clean away all the train track and other accessories.

Fixed molded tracks or non fixed tracks - you can get train tables where the tracks are fixed. The advantages of this is that you don't lose pieces of track and don't have to set it up every time you use it. I find that fixed tracks for younger children who get frustrated when the train track you have just built has broken. And it stops them asking you a zillion times to fix the train track. However, my sons loved a train table without a fixed molded track as part of the fun for them especially as they get older is building the tracks on the table and designing different set ups which is great for their imagination. So which one you get will really depend on what's more important to you.

Multi-Use - Some train table have more than one use. Some can also be used for drawing and other craft activities.This is good as your child gets older as they have space other activities. Others are also designed to be used as a lego table or for cars. My youngest son is car mad so loves playing with cars on the train table too.

Safety Features - consider the edges of the train table when you are buying. Some train tables have rounded edges and this is great if you have any young toddlers or babies around as there are no sharp edges on the train table for them to fall against.

Deluxe Canyon Road Train and Track Table

Step2  Deluxe Canyon Road Train & Track Table
Step2 Deluxe Canyon Road Train & Track Table

This train table is extremely good value as you are getting a train set and activity table, three piece train, 2 cars, 7 removable bridges, colorful landscape decals and helicopter.

I really like the clever design of the table. The tracks are set in a deep tray providing three dimensional play and storage when not in use. There is a hard table top to go over the top of the track and this makes an excellent surface for other activities such as drawing, puzzles, board games, lego and other play. The tracks are molded in which is particularly great for younger toddlers as they don't have the frustration of trying to build a track and no temptation to destroy a track put together by adults.

Reviewers report that all kinds of trains and cars fit onto the tracks including Thomas trains and hot wheels cars. This is a large table and there's room for two children to play with it without getting in each other's way.


Kidikraft Ride Around Train Set and Table

KidKraft Ride Around Train Set and Table
KidKraft Ride Around Train Set and Table

This train table comes with 100 pieces including a train set, a moveable crane, an airport including runway and helipad and a hospital with ambulance. Therefore there are lots of options for imaginative and creative play. It is a large table measuring so make sure you have room for it before purchasing. It's also large enough so that multiple children can play with it at once.

A great feature of this train table is the two storage bins that accompany it. Just throw in all the trains and cars you have at the end of the play session for quick and easy tidy away.


Metropolis Train Table and Set

KidKraft Metropolis Train Table & Set
KidKraft Metropolis Train Table & Set

This table comes with an 100 piece train set and there are lots of play features for facilitating lots of imaginative play. They include lots of little people, buildings, construction site with crain, boat and airport with helipad.

It has a large rolling storage trundle underneath for convenient tidy up too.

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Multi-Activity Play Table - For Trains, Puzzles, Games, More
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Multi-Activity Play Table - For Trains, Puzzles, Games, More

I think this table represents good value. It is another large table. There's a storage drawer for quick tidy away of toys and trains that are played with on the table.

There is no train set with this table and the table is blank so it can be used for playing with an existing train set or any number of activities, lego, dollhouse, puzzles etc. The advantage of having a blank table is that kids really have to use their imagination in their play and they can define how the train sets are put together or what the table is used for.

Reviews are very good for this table and they report that it's very easy to assemble. It's a cheaper option. However, this is a safe, sturdy table with storage that will stand up to all kinds of child's play. It's a great choice if you already have a train set and want a table to build it on..


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      Sam 3 years ago from Australia

      I definitely have many fond memories of my train table when I was younger!

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      Humma 7 years ago

      I perfer the table with storeage, we have some much stuff it's nice to have a place to put it all, or most and the kids know were to get it. Tables are also great for those of us who can't sit on the floor to long.