On Our Shelves: Train Unit
Trains are everywhere in our house right now. As I mentioned in this post, after taking a short break from trains, both of our kids are once again immersed in train play. As with all projects, our environment reflects their interests and what they are learning. We have a closet downstairs devoted to toys. Only a limited amount of these are available in our play spaces at any one time. Rotating materials keeps children interested and limiting the number of materials present helps reduce clutter and avoid overstimulation. Our main play space right now is almost exclusively devoted to trains. Once they started showing more of an interest in the few trains we had out, I gradually started moving train materials into their play space. Train related materials can also be found in a few other corners of our home, such as the living room where we make space for games and puzzles. Here is a peek at what is on our shelves right now...
Brio Trains & Train Tracks
There are a huge range of trains and tracks available. The vast majority of ours are toys passed from my husband to our kids. They have held up remarkably well. We have a basket of trains and a bigger basket of tracks in our play space downstairs. Similar baskets are also upstairs in their rooms for quiet play.
LEGO makes a few different duplo trains, but we have and love this number train. It is in a basket with duplos from other sets, which means our trains become quite tall and elaborate. The extra duplos are also used for making stations and sheds for the trains.
Dramatic Play Props
Our kids both have a train hat and train whistle. Most days our couch becomes a train and the conductor and engineer order me on and off the train. We got both the hats and whistles when we went for a train ride in the Wisconsin Dells, but amazon has a similar hat and whistle.
Games + Puzzles
In our living room we have a large shelf with books, games, and puzzles. Now that our twins are older and more able to respect our stuff, their puzzles and games sit on shelves next to ours. The puzzles and games are also rotated occassionally as interests and abilities change. We have this Thomas and Friends Matching Game and several train puzzles including this one and this one.
We'll be sharing more about what we're doing with trains in the coming weeks, but for now those are the staples on our shelves.
What did we miss? What materials help your child expand their train play?
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