I’ll never forget the first time our oldest son Braden laid his eyes on Thomas the Tank Engine. It was over 6 years ago when he was 18 months old. Ever since then, Thomas & Friends has been a mainstay in our home. Now that our youngest, Jonathan, is 18 months, he is following in the footsteps of his older brothers. Thomas & Friends is the first thing on our TV in the morning for him so he can watch it while he eats his breakfast and his brother get ready for school. He loves to play with Thomas toys, trains and reading the many Thomas books we have accumulated over the years.
Thomas & Friends™ TrackMaster™ Scrapyard Escape Set
My boys have always loved the Thomas & Friends wooden railway sets, but they cannot get enough of the TrackMaster™ sets, because Thomas is battery operated and goes around the tracks on his own. These sets can be used together as well as with TrackMaster expansion packs and other trains that are sold separately. There’s something mesmerizing about a motorized railway that even Jonathan will pay attention to and not (always!) try to destroy. It is aimed for ages 3+, so Ethan is really enjoying it, but little brother Jonathan is also slowly learning to appreciate watching Thomas and his cargo car trek across the cable bridge and receive his cargo. This set is based on the Journey Beyond Sodor DVD, which is sold separately. Both would make great Christmas gifts and I am adding the movie to Jonathan’s wish list.
This set is available at Walmart, Toys “R” Us and Amazon; make sure you don’t forget to also buy two AAA batteries. See all the Thomas & Friends toys!
Thomas is Here To Stay
Thomas is a classic brand that has always encouraged Braden and Ethan to be so creative and imaginative with all of their Thomas toys. I fondly remember that Braden would recreate the shows he watched and the books we read with his trains, and now at the age of 7 he is a master train track-builder for his younger brothers.
Call it cliché, but Thomas has become a well-loved friend in this house the last 6 years. My husband and I can speak in Thomas to each other, and the shows and movies over the years have taught the kids lessons about teamwork, on not being selfish, problem solving and being a good friend. Our boys have learned their colours because Thomas, Edward and Gordon are blue, Percy is green and James is red.
I’ll be sad when the day comes that I don’t have Thomas playing in our house anymore, but that is many years down the road and these are some of the only toys I will be saving for my grandkids many, many years down the road!