Trains & Automobiles
Wooden toys have a timeless quality about them which appeals to parents. However their sturdy nature and easy manoeuvrability mean that they are also popular with children. Some of the most popular wooden toys are wooden train sets and toy cars.
Wooden trains were first manufactured in the nineteenth century, although mass manufacture started in the twentieth century. The first sets were thought to have been made in America. Train sets are particularly good for helping with child development. They work on many levels. Firstly assembling a track and then playing with it helps to develop fine motor skills. In addition it helps to develop their imagination and creativity.
Each time a train track is assembled the pieces can be placed in a different position and different parts used. Toy towns can be built or trains can be held up by herds of cows, flocks of sheep or even a tree which has blown over. Whether or not the scenario would happen in real life children can allow free range to their imaginations when playing with wooden trains.
A train set can be very absorbing, occupying a child for long stretches at a time; this helps to develop their concentration skills. Children often play trains with another child, particularly in a structured learning environment such as a nursery or when they have a play date. Their interaction with trains is also helping them to develop communication skills and aid their ability to socialise with their peer group.
There are several manufacturers of wooden trains. Leading brands include Brio, I'm Toy, Melissa and Doug and Plan Toys. As well as wooden train sets, you can also get a wide range of other wooden vehicles as well as supporting equipment such as toy garages, fire stations, cranes and play mats.