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Best Train Toys for Toddlers

Updated on November 10, 2013

About The Best Train Toys For Toddlers

Trains for toddlers make great toys and there are a variety of different train themed toys on the market.

There are train themed books, DVDs and lego sets as well as wooden train sets, motorised trains and remote control trains. The list is endless.

My 2 1/2 year old son is train mad and this article highlights and reviews a lot of toys he loves to play with and more. He especially loves his wooden train sets which he asks to play with everyday. He also loves Thomas and friends. Read on to learn more about trains for toddlers.

Wooden Train Sets For Toddlers

My 2 year old son plays for ages with his wooden train set. He puts all the pieces together to make the track (sometimes with a little help) and then he will push the trains around. I think the train sets with magnetic trains are the best as my son will spend a long time fixing all the trains together in a line and then pushing them around. There are lots of great wooden train sets on the market. Brio train sets are at the top end for quality and durability. But, you can't go wrong with a Melissa and Doug train set for great value. Check them out below:

Melissa & Doug Swivel Bridge Wooden Train Set (47 pcs)
Melissa & Doug Swivel Bridge Wooden Train Set (47 pcs)

The swivel bridge train set is a 45 + piece system. It includes ascending and descending track, track supports, a 3-car train, a covered bridge and a swivel bridge. The traffic gates automatically open and close on the swivel bridge for extra fun.

 
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Railway Train Set (130+ pcs)
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Railway Train Set (130+ pcs)

This is a great value train set. The quality is good and there are 129 pieces including lots of straights and curves. There are lots of accessories including roundhouse engine shed, trees, workers and even traffic signs. It comes with multi-piece trains and magnetic-tipped cranes, switches and a t-junction for passing lanes. A great highly recommended toy that will keep a toddler occupied for ages.

 

Thomas The Tank Engine Train Sets.

Toddlers love Thomas the tank engine. Buying a Thomas the tank engine train set can be expensive but it is an investment rather than a fleeting purchase. Buying a good Thomas train set means that your toddler may be playing with it almost everyday from 18 months to 3 or 4 year old and then they will still play with it on occasion when they are school age.

Fisher Price Thomas Take and Play sets are designed with an easy-fold set-up. This means that they are easily put away and stored and you can easily transport them to friends and family's houses.

Thomas & Friends Fisher-Price the Great Quarry Climb
Thomas & Friends Fisher-Price the Great Quarry Climb

In this set Owen the Traction Engine helps pull Thomas up the steep incline of the Blue Mountain. And at the loading zone, a spinning saw blade on the drop saw cuts the bluestone and deposits it right into Thomas’ cargo car.

The set includes the track and a die cast Thomas engine.

Check out the video below.

 

Thomas Trackmaster Train Set

Another alternative of train sets for toddlers is the Thomas trackmaster sets. They are motorised railways with motorised engines.

Thomas & Friends Fisher-Price TrackMaster, Castle Quest Set
Thomas & Friends Fisher-Price TrackMaster, Castle Quest Set

This is an impressive set.

There's a motorised Thomas and as he chugs around the track he has to avoid all the obstacles in his path.

Kids have to reset parts of the track as Thomas chugs around so that he doesn't crash!

 

Train Books for Toddlers

There are lots of train themed books that toddlers will love. Here are a selection of a few of my top choices.

That's Not My Train... (Usborne Touchy-Feely Books)
That's Not My Train... (Usborne Touchy-Feely Books)

The Usbourne Touch Feely books are great for younger toddlers in particular. Each page has different textures for little hands to touch and explore.

 
The Goodnight Train
The Goodnight Train

This is the perfect bedtime book that all train crazy toddlers will love to send them off to sleep. The words are soothing and the illustrations are bright and vivid.

 

Train Set Table for Toddlers

Train set tables are great for endless hours of play. They keep the playtime mess off the floor and at children's level. They normally come with their own train set. Most of them have good storage facilities so as well as being a toy they are great for storing all trains, accessories and other toys when they aren't being used. Some of the train set tables can be used for other play too such as with cars. Some of them have table tops which can be pulled over the train set and used for drawing. They are a great addition to any toy collection. Check out some of the options below.

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

This is a great value train set table. It comes with a moulded in train set and is the right size for the cars and trains that the toddler already has. Once the kids have finished playing, it's great for storage as you can just thow in all the cars and toys and pull over the table top cover. The table top can then be used for drawing or other activites.

 
KidKraft Waterfall Mountain Train Set and Table
KidKraft Waterfall Mountain Train Set and Table

KidKraft's wooden train Table has 120 Piece Mountain Train Set. It also comes with 3 storage bins which slide under the table for storage.

The set consists of cars, trains, signs, trees, people, and town buildings. There are mountain pieces to drive trains over and through.

 

Lego Duplo Train Sets

Lego Duplo are the lego sets with bigger blocks and they are great for little toddler hands. Lego has all kinds of themed sets including train sets. They are great because you can work with your toddler to put the sets together and then they will have great fun pushing trains around the track. As your little one gets older they will learn to build the tracks and accessories themselves.

Here are a couple of good lego duplo starter kits.

LEGO DUPLO Number Train 10558 (Discontinued by manufacturer)
LEGO DUPLO Number Train 10558 (Discontinued by manufacturer)

Learn to count with the number train. Featured numbered bricks up to 10.

You can also rebuild the set into a tunnel, building or dog house with a roof that opens!

 
LEGO DUPLO Town My First Train Set 10507
LEGO DUPLO Town My First Train Set 10507

Features a steam train with real sound effects, station with ticket window and clock, fueling pump, duplo bricks and more than 22 inch of track

 

Great Toy Trains for Toddlers

There are some toy trains that you can just push around the house or outside and don't need a track. The Melissa and Doug Stacking train has educational value and is particularly good for younger toddlers and the toddlers can use their imaginations with the wooden farm train. Thomas fans will also love the Thomas play set.

Melissa & Doug Stacking Train - Classic Wooden Toddler Toy (18 pcs)
Melissa & Doug Stacking Train - Classic Wooden Toddler Toy (18 pcs)

This Melissa and Doug train has cargo blocks which you can stack on the train. There are pegs for linking the cars together. My son loves trains which you can link together. He enjoys taking them apart and putting them back together. The reviews on Amazon state that the blocks need to go on the train in a certain way so that it will move. so there is an extra little puzzle for your toddler to work out. Toddlers should love pushing this around the house.

 
Melissa & Doug Wooden Farm Train Set - Classic Wooden Toy (3 linking cars)
Melissa & Doug Wooden Farm Train Set - Classic Wooden Toy (3 linking cars)

It's a colorful engine with three interchangeable cars

Toddlers can transport a cow or take cans of milk, fruit and vegetable crates to market

Load and unload the train cars and pretends to steer the train.

 
Thomas the Train: Tidmouth Sheds
Thomas the Train: Tidmouth Sheds

Includes a whirling helicopter, Sir Topham Hatt figure, a free-wheeling Thomas train

Trains can enter through the front or the back of the building with the 3 ramps

Press down on the water tower spout to hear water sound effects

Features fun whistling and chugging sounds

Ramps double as a bridge for Thomas

 

Vtech Sit to Stand Alphabet Train

VTech Sit-to-Stand Alphabet Train
VTech Sit-to-Stand Alphabet Train

If you're looking for a train toy for babies or very young toddlers this could be a good choice. It's aimed at children between 1 and 3 years old.

It features sit to stand play in three modes: floor Play Mode, walker Mode and ride-On Mode

It features 26 double-sided letter blocks

There are five piano keys which teach numbers and colors

There's also a 12-page book which teaches letters

It also includes two learning modes: walker Mode and discovery Mode

 

Train Jigsaw Puzzles

There are some great train themed jigsaw puzzles which are perfect for toddlers.

Jigsaw puzzles are great to help fine motor skills, hand eye co-ordination and develop early problem solving skills. They are great to do with your toddler as well. In fact they may need some help at first but it's a nice project to work on together.

Check out some ideas below.

Melissa & Doug Train Sound Puzzle - Wooden Peg Puzzle With Sound Effects (9 pcs)
Melissa & Doug Train Sound Puzzle - Wooden Peg Puzzle With Sound Effects (9 pcs)

This is a great starter puzzle for young toddlers with nine pieces. When all the pieces are placed on the board the puzzle makes a "whoo whoo" sound.

 
Melissa & Doug Alphabet Train Jumbo Jigsaw Floor Puzzle - Letters and Animals (28 pcs, 10 feet long)
Melissa & Doug Alphabet Train Jumbo Jigsaw Floor Puzzle - Letters and Animals (28 pcs, 10 feet long)

This is a big floor puzzle with 27 pieces. Great for older toddlers and preschoolers. Jumbo thick cardboard pieces makes it easier for little hands. The puzzle is 10 feet long when completed!

 
Frank Schaffer Number Train Floor Puzzle
Frank Schaffer Number Train Floor Puzzle

This number train set includes 20 pieces and measures 6' long when assembled

 

Please feel free to comment on the article and add any trains for toddler suggestions. Thanks!

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      rhazor 

      6 years ago

      Nice toy

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      ThomasJ4 LM 

      6 years ago

      This reminds me of the toy train we had going around the Christmas tree each year, thanks for bringing back those memories. Good work

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