Thomas the Train has been around for a while, and one of the most fun and original ways to play is with the wooden sets. These sets can be great fun especially on a big, clean, empty table or train table. Try telling that to my son, though, who wanted them opened immediately and played with right where he was. Kids. Setting up the track can be done in a plethora of ways and of course once the tracks are all set up playing with them with the trains are great fun too. Or, not setting up the tracks, and just pushing stuff around….whatever. He was quiet for nearly an hour.
The most recent Thomas Wooden set is Thomas and Friends Wooden Railway 5 in 1 Up and Around set. This set includes Thomas and 17 pieces of track including a bridge and a tunnel. Little Man loves Thomas, especially the wooden sets. He loves how whenever a new set comes along, it is great both by itself or when added to his collection of tracks. It took a whole day before he brought this one downstairs to the playroom to join the other tracks and trains- then it was “go time”.
The designs get more intricate and the unique pieces become almost as much fun to play with as the actual Thomas train. The Up and Around set includes two such pieces- the tunnel and the bridge, which make for some very interesting design ideas which bring about some interesting scenery like a a hand towel ‘mountain’ and a path for sea creatures to enter and exit the aquarium, which is of course a few plastic cups with creatures in them.
Wooden tracks are one of those toys where parent and child can have fun. The parents putting together weaving winding tracks while the little one putts away on the track itself. The Wood Chipper was he favorite new piece, because you can see the “wood” moving around inside. He also made it “chip” up a few cars, a tree, some track, and a helicopter (and a dinosaur that was trying to eat Thomas.) Nothing really goes into the chipper- but try telling him that. The wood chipper was a hit, for sure, as was the rest of the play set.