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My daughter is train mad at the moment, and when my sister was recently at a car boot sale, she saw this Melissa and Doug stacking train on someone's tables, who was selling it for £2.50, with all the pieces looking in good condition and she picked it up for her niece, my daughter. Given this Melissa and Doug toy retails currently at £11.99 on amazon, it was another good bargain. My family are all good bargain hunters! I'd actually seen this train in TK Maxx and debated about whether to get it for my daughter as a little gift in her Santa sack, so when I saw it, I knew it was the Melissa and Doug train.
I love Melissa and Doug toys, and I particularly love their durability. They aren't the all singing all dancing toys that saturate the market, however much those children like them. I like toys that I know I can bring out in 30 years if we ever had any grandchildren, the way our parents have done with durable toys that they had for us. This train has been designed for children from 18 months plus, and although the parts are pretty chunky, so good for small hands, I wouldn't think a child under 18 months would be that interested in this toy. The train itself is made up of the main engine, plus two carriages. On top of that are the 15 bricks that are to be stacked in a particular way to make it into a proper train.
Like most Melissa and Doug products they are colourful and bright. This toy has great educational value as well as encouraging hand eye coordination as children place the shapes onto the train, over the little tall hooks on the train and carriage bases. The fact that this train is made up of various coloured bricks or different shapes, encourages language development relating to these areas. Shapes for the train include semi circles, rectangles, triangles that fit together to make a square and squares.
This train is a good size and can be pulled along the floor which is probably what younger children may do in the early stages of playing with this toy. My daughter on the other hand, was more interested in figuring out how to restack it, after taking all the bricks off it. This kept her busy for quite a while, and after I had helped her on the first handful of occasions, she has now mastered it and likes to sit down and do it herself now. I find it a great toy to get out when I am cooking the dinner, or need to stick the washing machine on and I want to know that she is content playing with something, and this is a good toy to bring out. My daughter is almost 27 months, and will probably get longer out of this toy yet, but i think she would have enjoyed rolling it along the floor if she had got it when she was younger. The fact that it is a train shape puzzle like toy makes it all the more appealing to her, especially when she is in this train liking phase.
I'm chuffed that my sister picked this up and I would have happily paid more for it given how much my daughter has enjoyed stacking and re stacking and sees it like a puzzle, which she is also made about at the moment. A great, durable, well made toy, from a great brand!
My little boy loves taking things apart and putting them together again and he also loves trains and things that move that he can push around so this stacking toy train covers both of those fun aspects.
The train is wooden and is really well made in my opinion. I love wooden toys, I think they are so classic and look much better than plastic toys and will really last a life time. This train is such a classic toy too that its one that will never go out of fashion or you will get bored of playing with.
The train comes in three parts, three sections of train and each one has a wooden base and then sturdy pegs that jut up from the base. The trains each travel on four wooden wheels which are nice and round and red and they move the train along really well. We have carpet upstairs and this train moves along the carpet well. There is no string attached to pull the train, you just need to push it yourself but that is fine and my son enjoys doing this. Each of the train carriages can attach together as they have a little wooden hole in the front that then attaches to the next carriage with another little wooden nob.
The pegs that jut up from the base allow you to build the train with the different coloured blocks that come with it. What I like about this train is that no only is it fun to add the shapes to the train but it actually doesn't matter how you put the blocks on the train, they can go in any order or colour scheme you like and you can build some weird and wonderful creations although if you actually want it to look like a proper train you do need to stack it properly in the end and put the funnel on the front of the train etc. My husband gets really frustrated as he likes to build it properly but then my son will come along and move all the pieces again!
The train comes with 15 different coloured blocks. They are quite bright and vibrant and are coloured red, yellow, blue and green, very bold primary colours. THe bricks are lots of different shapes too such as rectangle, oval, square and triangular and of course each of them have a hole in so you can slide them onto the wooden pegs.
It's great because as well as just being a fun toy train that you can push around and have fun with this train can be quite educational without kids even knowing it and is a nice wooden Melissa and Doug wooden toy that I recommend.