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This level crossing is part of my son's ever growing wooden train track and toys. It is always used in the tracks that we design and put together as he loves it so much.
The set includes the level crossing two wooden crossing signs and a piece of track. The set is for children 3 years and above but our son is not quite two and half and he manages this fine. I think it is probably due to the small nature of the signals and these being a potential choking hazard that makes this a 3 and above toy. However if it is supervised I personally see no problem with younger children with it.
The crossing is made from wood with a grey painted road on it with white road markings. The crossing has a small incline at each side for the cars to go up and down. There are two red bits of plastic that form the barriers these go up and down on opposite sides and different ways like a real level crossing. The red barriers slot into the yellow holders at either side. The crossing attaches in the same way as all the Brio tracks do with a male and female end. For those uncertain what this means it is one end with a sticky out bit and one with a hole in it.
This is great addition to any child's wooden toy set Brio or otherwise I think. Brio wooden trains and tracks are compatible with others sets such as John Crane toys so even if you don't have a main Brio set this would still work and be compatible with it.
Our son loves this and when we are laying the tracks tighter he makes a point of including this in the design. I think the fact that we often cross a level crossing in real life as it were in the car means he identifies with this quite a lot. It doesn't matter if he is playing trains or we are out and about when he sees a level crossing he always says "train coming mummy" I think its also a good way to help children learn through play about level crossings and why we have them. When we play with this he often has the barriers up and down as the train approaches his cars people or animals. He will then lower it into the barrier slots as the train arrives so they can't cross. That said there is often one crash or more when the barriers haven't come down and a car will be hit when we play trains
The road bit is well painted on and in the 4 months or so of almost daily use it hasn't chipped at all. My only criticism here is of the size of the road as the white markings are quite narrow and though a matchbox size car would fit inside the lines his chunkier toddler cars often take up both sides of the road. This is however a very minor niggles and not actually one that bothers my son at all.
The barriers slot well into their holes when being raised or lowered very occasionally if he is being a bit rough when we are dismantling the track they come out of the holders and I have to reattach them but this really isn't something that happens that often. The plastic that they are made of however is quite soft and one size is slightly bent due to a run in with a dinosaur! Even with this slight bend it still lowers and slots into place but not with the same smooth action that the other side does.
The barrier signs are the bit that probably gets the least bit of attention really and sometime these are left in the train box and don't come out. This I think is more about the fact that no signs come out in his train play as yet and bits that don't have a function as such are not played with. As he gets older and his imaginative play extends I think they will be used more often.
The main leaning from this toy is the fact that it encourages imaginative play in children. My son loves pushing his trains and cars over the crossing. He adapts his play to include items such as farm animal's dinosaurs crossing the tracks as well as the cars. I think as he gets older this will just continue to develop and he will have a few trains going round together.
Overall this is a great little toy and wonderful additional to any wooden train set. It is well made and a bar a few niggles I have which don't actually appear to interfere with my son's enjoyment of it I would recommend it. Brio wooden toys aren't that cheap but it is well constructed it is likely to last a lifetime and more than one child.
The crossing is available from a lot of stockist including Amazon for £9.99.