In terms of classic toys for kids, there’s very little that rates up there with a wooden train track. Ever since my daughter was a little over a year old, she’s had a fascination with trains and has been dying for one to eventually come home with her. Because of her age and the tendency to knock apart the track as she plays, I had been waiting until she was a little bit older before we surprised her with her own set. But, when I heard of the Early Engineers line from Thomas and Friends that offers young train lovers an age-appropriate wooden train, I knew it was the perfect thing for her.
With chunkier vehicles, sturdy tracktiles, and simple destinations that are just right for little hands, the Early Engineers line is perfect for kids that love trains but aren’t quite able to maneuver small vehicles and handle little track pieces. Because the wooden train track pieces are fully contained in plastic track molds, the track doesn’t come apart no matter how fast those little cars are going or how many times your little one moves it around the house.
I love that the Early Engineer line easily connects to other Early Engineers pieces as well as being fully compatible with the standard Thomas Wooden Railway system. This means that you can collect Early Engineer sets for your toddler and then continue to expand the set as your child gets older without having to replace the entire track!
We got to try out the Roundabout Station Set, which includes Maithwaite Station, a crossing gate that makes a satisfying click as you raise and lower the bar, and spinning cargo for Thomas to pick up. Of course, it also includes the iconic Thomas himself, in a chunkier version for youngsters. My daughter absolutely loves driving Thomas around the track, through the station, and opening and closing the crossing gate to let him through. She now insists that all guests to our home stop and play with Thomas for awhile with her.
Speaking of playing together, you will definitely want to buy more than one Early Engineers set when you're out shopping. At the very least, you should get a few individual Thomas track pieces to go with the Early Engineers Roundabout Station Set so you can fully utilize the circular track and keep your train moving as well as allowing more than one child to play at a time.
Seeing as how it’s quickly become one of her favorite toys, I am looking at getting one of the other two Thomas Early Engineers sets to connect to the Roundabout Station so we can do more than drive in circles. While the Roundabout Station has been a lot of fun on its own, we are really excited about expanding the line now that we see how much our daughter adores it. Then, when she's ready we are really excited to add on the original Thomas and Friends Railway to the set for infinite possibilities.
Other sets in the Early Engineers series are the Rock and Roll Quarry Set and the Busy Day on Sodor Set. Sets are available at Toys R Us and other toy stores
A big thank you to Learning Curve who sent the Roundabout Station for review. All opinions are 100% ours and no form of monetary compensation was received in exchange for this Rave Review.