While children may begin playing with trains at a young age, it is a long, educational, and fun journey that they take with their train sets.
- At two years old, many children love objects that fit in their hands (power and control), objects that can be tucked in a pocket (secret treasure!) and will delight in spinning the wheels of the vehicles.
- At two and a half, many children love the “on and off” placement of the vehicles on the track, intent on fitting the wheels in the grooves.
- At three, you can start gradually adding track and special pieces. Your child will love a tunnel and a viaduct-the cars can disappear and reappear!
- At four, a child may begin to discover the track as a puzzle, exploring new ways to lay out designs.
- At five or six, a child may incorporate switches and supports, experimenting with new configurations and possibilities each time she sets it up.
- At seven or eight, a creative child will challenge himself with novel constraints, perhaps comparing all the layouts possible with particular pieces of track or comparing all the layouts possible within a fixed border.