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LEGO Trains at Seattle BrickCon 2014

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in LEGO, Read, Watch & Listen | 0 comments

LEGO Trains at Seattle BrickCon 2014



It’s always so fun to see LEGO trains zooming around the tracks! We got to watch quite a few of them at Seattle BrickCon 2014. Check out the photos and our fun LEGO train video for kids for some great building inspiration.

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Fall Activities for Kids from Play Trains!

Posted by on Sep 21, 2014 in Activities | 0 comments

Fall Activities for Kids from Play Trains!



Autumn has been my favorite season for as long as I can remember. Thanks to that, I’ve come up with a lot of fun fall activities for kids to do with the Little Engineer. Here are several of our favorite autumn sensory, fine motor, and imaginative play activities that we’ve shared here on Play Trains!

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Autumn Zoo Train Play

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in Activities, Train Play | 0 comments

Autumn Zoo Train Play



Looking through photos from last year, I found this fun fall-themed zoo train activity. The Little Engineer and I came up with it by combining the loose parts from our October Moon Train Play activity with our DIY Zoo Train Set. I thought it was a great way to show how the activities we share and the materials we recommend can be mixed for an endless variety of play. So, here’s a little glimpse into how the stuff we come up with for Play Trains! works its way into our everyday play.

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Apple Harvest Pom Pom Tree Fine Motor Activity

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Activities, Train Play | 0 comments

Apple Harvest Pom Pom Tree Fine Motor Activity



Today, I’m finishing up a year of seasonal pipe cleaner and pom pom trees with this apple harvest pom pom tree. With the “apples” and “plums” to pick, this may be the most interactive one yet, making it a great fine motor activity. I was surprised and delighted when this turned out to be the Little Engineer’s favorite of them all. The apple and other fruit pom poms, combined with a wooden train to haul them, really captured his imagination. And if you’d prefer to make this as an apple tree craft, all you have to do is add some glue to your supply list to make this a more permanent decoration.

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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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