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We purchased this train set on recommendation from a family member. The set comes with 8 curved track pieces, a train with wagons and a fabric house/tunnel. The wooden track pieces are easy to fit together and my 18 month old was able to do this himself. The trains attach with magnets and my soon soon learnt to turn them round if the magnets weren't the correct way round. The fabric house/tunnel was a little bit of a disappointment as I had thought it was wooden to match the rest of the set. The fact that it is fabric means it is not particularly stable and is often knocked over while my son attempts to pass the train through it which causes lots of frustration on his part. It does not stand up particularly well and just seems a bit out of place with the rest of the set.
As for the 'play value' of the set it is great. My son has been able to practise his hand eye coordination when putting the track together. Putting the track together has also helped with his ability to complete a puzzle as it is a similar skill. He has learnt to problem solve with the trains and has learnt if the magnetics repel each other he needs to turn one around. It has been quite fascinating watching him learn so many skills with this set.
Over time we have added more to this set. Its a big positive that other sets also fit with the brio sets (we have purchased lots of additional train pieces from Ikea) and they all fit together which has enabled us to build some quite elaborate tracks and also add lots of wagons to the train. Having lots of colourful wagons has helped my little boy to learn his colours and numbers. It is solely through the train carriages that he has learnt his colours.
Build your first railway just the way you want it - if you're not happy you just rebuild it. With Brio's classic wooden rail tracks, two ramps, a house to pass through and an engine with three wagons the possibilities are endless. Age range: From 18 months.