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Old 09-05-2013, 07:55 AM   #1
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Trains or train table for a 2yo

My DS will be 2 on the 26th and he LOVES trains.... I want to get him one that can be beat up a little but he will still like as he gets a little older any suggestions?!



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Old 09-05-2013, 10:58 AM   #2
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We got DS1 a few wooden Thomas engines when he turned 2, and then we've built up our collection and added tracks and buildings over the last couple of years. He's 4 now and he and his 2 year old brother love playing trains together. My 6 year old DD sometimes even likes to play with them, although she will deny it if you ask her.

ETA: We have a train table (craigslist). I like the table because they can build a track and leave it together for a while without taking up all the floor space in the room.
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Old 09-05-2013, 11:02 AM   #3
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I love the sets from IKEA, they are pretty cheap, but well made and perfect for the tracks as you can use many of the other trains like Thomas on those tracks. Sadly we bought trains but DS never really feel in love with trains.
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Old 09-05-2013, 11:20 AM   #4
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I have been very very happy with our imaginarium set from TRU. We have added some real Thomas trains (gifts) and DS1 has played with it daily since he got it over a yet ago. He drives his trains everywhere else too, it's not just limited to the track so plenty of imagination used here and the track stays off the floor for easy vacuuming.

I am SO GLAD I didn't listen to the people who said they play for a month then it collects dust. All kids have different interests. Mine was obsessed with anything train and still is over a year later. Also glad I got the table, it was worth it.
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Old 09-05-2013, 11:29 AM   #5
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I love our Nilo table, and it turns into a lego table when your kids want a change.
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Old 09-05-2013, 12:06 PM   #6
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We also have the wooden track and the Thomas engines. DS1 played with it for well over a year. We did not have a train table then. We got a train table for DS2 this past Christmas, but he always took the track off the table and built it on the floor. So, we got rid of the table since it was only used for storage. Our kids tend to like elaborate tracks that don't fit on a table. My parents have a plastic track but it's harder to put together, falls apart easily, and doesn't have a lot oif "give"to it, so the track has to line up perfectly to stay together. The wooden track seems easier for smaller hands and is more forgiving as far as scooting the track a little bit to fit the next piece in.
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Old 09-05-2013, 12:12 PM   #7
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I started my kids with a M&d train track, a simple one. I added this:

Wooden Train Track 52 Piece Pack - 100% Compatible with All Major Brands including Thomas Wooden Railway System - By Right Track Toys

It had held up well and I can't tell the difference between it and the original pieces. It's a cheap way to expand your train tracks after buying a 'starter kit' to get the train and buildings, etc.
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Old 09-05-2013, 12:28 PM   #8
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My kids love trains, but prefer them on the floor. The train table really became a Lego/puzzle table.

DD is 6 and still loves them. The kids also still play with Geotraxx every day.
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We have a Nilo table. I like that you can purchase longer legs for the table once the kids get older and you can turn it into a game or art table.
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Old 09-05-2013, 05:49 PM   #10
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Trains...any brand. No table. It stifles creativity. If you can find them still the Thomas Duplo rock. My 7 and 9 year old will still play with the 22 month old when I haul them out.
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