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Wooden Train Freight Cars — The Play Trains! Ultimate Wooden Train Guide

Posted by on Sep 1, 2014 in Ultimate Wooden Train Guide | 1 comment

Wooden Train Freight Cars — The Play Trains! Ultimate Wooden Train Guide



One of the most common questions I get is, “Where do you find all of the freight cars for your wooden trains?” And it’s no wonder, because many of our wooden train activities make use of freight cars to hold seasonal objects, sensory and learning materials, and other fun stuff. Here, I’ll answer the question by pointing you toward some great wooden train freight cars with removable freight from quality brands we recommend.

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Down in the Subway by Miriam Cohen

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Read, Watch & Listen, Train Books for Kids | 1 comment

Down in the Subway by Miriam Cohen

A review of Down in the Subway by Miriam Cohen, a fun picture book for kids who love trains, plus ideas for activities, materials, and toys to extend the book.

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DIY Outdoor Train Table: a Wooden Train Garden Railway

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in Things to Make, Train Play | 6 comments

DIY Outdoor Train Table: a Wooden Train Garden Railway



I’m always trying to think of ways to bring the Little Engineer’s favorite indoor activities and toys outside. I’ve wanted to make a “train garden” on an outdoor train table for a long time now. But I was always put off by the thought of all the work it would be to design and build one. Until this summer, when I realized that I could make a wooden train garden railway for the Little Engineer without using a single tool. This is a super easy way to bring train play outside, and the results have delighted us both!

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Back to School: Train Backpacks and Lunch Boxes

Posted by on Jul 19, 2014 in Cool Train Stuff, Gift Guides | 2 comments

Back to School: Train Backpacks and Lunch Boxes



On the first day of preschool, there’s nothing quite like the pride of wearing one’s very own backpack. It’s even more exciting when it’s decorated with one of your favorite things. Here is a collection of super cute train backpacks and train lunch boxes for kids who love trains!

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Pipe Cleaner Palm Tree Craft

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in Things to Make | 0 comments

Pipe Cleaner Palm Tree Craft



Every time I think I’m done creating new pipe cleaner trees for our train layouts, I think of another type of tree that seems impossible to make. And so I have to make it, of course! I thought it would be difficult to get these pipe cleaner palm trees to stand up, but they stand up on their own, no problem. You can leave the palm fronds and coconuts loose for kids to attach themselves as interactive scenery in a summer small world or tropical train layout. Or you can make them as a cute palm tree craft by hot gluing the felt fronds and the pom pom coconuts on.

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Fourth of July Wooden Train Play

Posted by on Jul 5, 2014 in Train Play | 0 comments

Fourth of July Wooden Train Play



Happy Fourth of July! As I type this, I’m listening to the fireworks that (still) boom and crackle around our neighborhood. But at least the Little Engineer is finally asleep, instead of running around our backyard in the dark with giant glow stick rings, throwing them in the air and shouting, “FIREWORKS!!!!” long past bedtime! Earlier in the day, we built a Fourth of July roller coaster wooden train layout, and I thought I’d share it in case anyone wanted to keep the holiday fun going.

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DIY Mini Beach Balls

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Things to Make | 1 comment

DIY Mini Beach Balls



In the midst of trying to get Epic Fun for Kids — our new blog and YouTube channel — up and running, I’ve been making preparations for the coolest summer wooden train layout ever. (At least, I’m hoping that’s how it will turn out!) This week, I’m going to show you a couple of the DIY train layout projects as I get ready to lay the track. Today, we’re painting wooden mini beach balls for wooden train freight!

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