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Brio Toy Train Tracks: Best Toy for 3 to 8 Years Old
Tested and true: Brio toy train tracks are the best train toys for kids age 3 to 8 years old. Who says so? My 4 years old son! Brio toy train tracks allow kids to build simple or complicated railways, completed with an assortment of buildings, vehicles and engines wagons. Many other brands of toy trains are compatible with Brio too. Many famous Tv characters have their own Brio compatible train sets: Thomas the Tank Engine, Melissa and Doug, Bob the Builder, Disney's and more. Brio is really an open ended play system. The only limit with Brio train sets? your kid's imagination!
Brio Metro Railway Set - Toy of the Year 2011 in Sweden, Finland and Germany
Europeans have high standard for their toys and it shows. Brio has been the leading toy trains and tracks company in Europe. They offer high quality toys. Brio has been awarded a lot of distinctions over the year. Again this year, their Metro Railway Set has been awarded the top distinction in Sweden Finland and Germany.
As you know, I never ever willingly buy toys made in China (unless they are offer to me as a gift). Brio is my only exception. Designed in Sweden, Made in China. So why do I still buy them? Main reason: it's wood toy tracks with no finishing on them (so no risk of toxic material). The rest of the Brio line is plastic. They do follow an environmental policy as well as a code of conduct.
Watch the Brio Metro Railway in Action
My Son's Brio Railway
My Son's Brio Railway - It looks different every day, that's what is fun with these Brio train tracks
We started with a starter sets of tracks, 1 character, some horses and trees, 1 battery operated locomotive with 2 wagons. This was for Christmas when he was 2 and half years. Then we added a simple bridge and over time more elements. Now 2 years later he has a nice set and lots of possibilities. 4 years old kids should be able to make basic circuits without the help of an adult. The tracks are easy to put together, and very easy to remove as well.
Some of the Elements in my Son's Brio Railway - More elements for more fun
These 5 sets are in my son's Brio collection
My son's favorite Brio piece (it's really a nice one) because he got to choose it last spring when he finally gave over his pacifier. This element comes with 1 truck, 1 wagon, 2 loads and 1 ramp track for the truck. It's a great action element. Back off the truck up the ramp, pick up one load from the wagon (waiting under the station). Drop it on the chute and use the button to slide it down into the truck! And off it goes.
Another of my son's favorite Brio piece. When the wagon arrive at the top of the quarry just push the button to drop the loads in the chute and then release these pieces into the another train at the bottom of the chute. This element comes with 3 magnetic loads (so you can use them with all the other elements such as the crane), 1 tip and load wagon, 2 ascending tracks and the loader. This is a fun element and all of the pieces are compatible with your other Brio train tracks.
This is a nice collectible set. My son's love Bob the Builder, so when I saw that set I bought it for Christmas 2 years ago. He was just thrilled. This little set comes with Bob and Muck, 2 cones, 1 road sign and tracks (4 Long curved track, 4 Short curved tracks, 1 Long straight track, 1 "Y" track and 1 ramp). Click here is you want to see Bob getting eaten by dinosaurs!
Another fun set, the crane with magnetic loads. Comes with a character.
More Fun with Brio Toy Train Tracks
Brio Train and Tracks + Plastic Dinosaurs = Jurassic Park Movie
My son likes his Brio train tracks set but he also like his dinosaurs collection....so we turn all this into a scene from Jurassic Park where the dinosaurs get loose and eat the tourists. Don't worry, my 4 years old haven't seen the movie, but he can make the difference between herbivorous and carnivorous dinosaurs (although in this picture it's not that clear!).
Even poor Bob the Builder is getting eaten!
He also use his Brio train tracks with Lego and Duplo. He build houses and bridges and whatnot. There is no limit with these train sets, kids can incorporate almost all their other toys in a way or another.
Want to Buy Your Kid His First Brio Toy Train Set?
If so, I suggest you buy a set instead of single elements. That way he can start playing right now with a decent railway. Here are a few suggestion that includes tracks as well as wagons:
BRIO: Classic Figure Eight - A good Brio starter set
Good Brio starter set, especially if it's for a kid under 4 years old. This is an easy set to assemble and after a few practice they will be able to do it all by themselves. It comes with 2 wagons and a locomotive, a little bridge, a station and some trees.
Brio train tracks bargain lots
Check eBay for great bargain on second hand Brio. Many parents sell Brio parts and tracks in lots on ebay. It's a good way to get extra tracks cheaper.