Best Toy Train Sets for Kids

Best Toy Train Sets

August 31, 2017

Best Toy Train Sets

Best Toy Train Sets
Popular for generations, these are the hottest sets any kiddo would love to add to their toy collection.Best Toy Train Sets

Train sets put little ones on the right track for learning.

Even one-year-olds experience important physical and cognitive benefits from grasping and pushing trains across the floor. Handling small objects like trains and track pieces help develop fine motor skills that play a key role in day-to-day tasks. Keeping trains on course, navigating obstacles and creating imaginative scenarios build problem-solving skills and foster creative thinking.

Start with simple kid-powered wooden trains and build out the collection. From toddlers to preschoolers and beyond, kids can work their way up to more extensive sets with tracks that can be configured in different ways. Add in motorized trains, accessories and more. A timeless toy that’s been around for centuries, even a small wooden train can provide hours of fun.

All aboard! These are our favorite train sets:

The Solid Wood Train

The youngest train enthusiasts will be totally on board with this solid wood train. Three linked train cars are equipped with pegs for stacking multi-shaped blocks and encouraging shape and color recognition. Kids can separate the cars to scoot them around individually, too. Perfect for creative solo or group play, this versatile 17-inch train and block set will help your tot develop gross and fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and dexterity. Parents rave about the quality and durability, since it’s not always easy to find toys that stand up to wear and tear from two-year-olds.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 2-4 years
Includes Engine, two train cars and 15 blocks

The Starter Train

BRIO has been in the toy-making business since the late 1800s, designing safe, quality toys that fuel endless imaginative play. Train-loving toddlers (as young as 18 months) will have great adventures with the My First Railway Beginner Pack Train Set. It comes with two colorful train cars that connect magnetically, a rainbow bridge, ramps and just the right amount of tracks for little engineers to navigate. Better yet, all of the wood BRIO toys use is traceable and originates from responsibly managed forests. This awesome starter set grows with your kiddo—simply add BRIO’s expansion packs to build out the route. And if you saved your own childhood BRIO train sets, they’ll work just as well, too.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 18 months+
Includes 18 pieces: 1 train, 1 rattle train car, 4 ramps, 1 tunnel, 8 curves, 2 ascending tracks and 1 connecting track

For Thomas Fans

Inspired by the “The Great Race” Thomas & Friends DVD (which you’ve probably seen three zillion times by now), the TrackMaster Railway Race Set delivers six feet of suspenseful fun. Two motorized trains, Thomas and Percy, go head to head down separate tracks, parting ways at a bursting bridge. To kick off the race, preschool-aged kids will be able to independently flip the train switches, then release the brake-tracks. After zooming to the finish line, a “fireworks” display and checkered flag signals the winner. Assembly is easy, and other Thomas trains can be added to this set for even more fun.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 3+
Includes Two trains and two separate tracks for head-to-head racing

For the Youngest Conductor

Build. Take apart. Repeat. Introduce your toddler to Legos and trains at the same time with this interactive set featuring colorful, numbered blocks, three wagons, a dog and DUPLO figure. Aside from choo-chooing around the playroom, kids can rebuild the train into a tunnel, building, dog house or any structure they dream up. Parents can use playtime as an opportunity to work on counting and color recognition.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 18 months+
Includes 10 numbered bricks, 1 dog, 3 wagon bases and other assorted bricks

The High-Tech Train

Want a train set with all the bells and whistles? (Yes, really, all the bells and whistles.) Look no further than the Go! Go! Smart Wheels Train Station Playset. It features VTech SmartPoint technology, where 10 SmartPoint locations on the tracks interact with a SmartPoint motorized train (included). This triggers music, cheerful phrases and sound effects. Kids will enjoy learning greetings in English, Spanish, French and German. The 32 interchangeable track pieces create all sorts of cool configurations and connect to other Go! Go! Smart Wheels playsets. Three batteries are included.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 1+
Includes 32 track pieces and 1 motorized train

The Big Splurge

Serious train enthusiasts will want to hunker down at this big, sturdy train table all day long. KidKraft’s Waterfall Mountain set includes 120 pieces that drive your little conductor’s creativity (and trains, of course!) around the multilevel tracks. A two-piece board sets the stage for imagination, designed with colorful grass, roads and water. It comes with wooden track pieces and accessories like street signs, a helicopter, people, trees and little buildings that create a city. There are three storage bins below for easy cleanup. Your tot’s favorite trains from other sets can also join in the fun. Keep in mind: the dimensions are 48.75”L x 34.5”W x 16”H. So make sure your play area has plenty of space.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 3+
Includes 120 pieces and three storage bins
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