Every time we go to Ikea we pick up a new addition to Steven’s wooden train tracks. They’re inexpensive but really high quality. His wooden trains are without a doubt his most played with toys. I don’t think there has been a single day (literally) since he has had them that he hasn’t played with them. I even made a travel train case that way he can take his trains wherever he goes.
We picked up two more sets last weekend. I don’t know who was more excited, Steven or my husband! The container we store them in had just cracked, so I was happy to find this flexible basket at Ikea too. Naturally, it needed a label so off to my Silhouette I went. Five minutes later I had this train design cut out of adhesive vinyl and placed on the basket. Easy peasy.
We don’t have a train table. We’ve thought about getting one numerous times but keep deciding against it. Steven is more than happy to play with his trains on the floor. The rug in the middle of the living room is really “his” space so it isn’t a problem to have his train tracks on it all the time. He is always building and rebuilding his train with new track set ups. I love that he isn’t confined to a small area and can keep building whatever he imagines. When we have the room we’d love to make him a huge table to build on. For now the living room rug works for us. His trains and tracks just get stored in the container and placed off to the side when he is done with them.
I wrote about our experience with Ikea’s Lillabo 20 piece train set before. Since we’ve picked up more pieces since then I thought I’d write a little update. We now have two of the Lillabo 20 piece train sets, the 3 piece train set, the 12 piece train set with tunnel, the 5 piece track and bridge set, the 9 piece train rails with switch set, and the 10 piece rail set. *Note: These aren’t affiliate links, just wanted to make it easier for you to see exactly what I was talking about.* Yes, it is a lot of train tracks and pieces but when you add it all up it comes out to less than $60 for everything. Not bad for a wooden train set that gets played with for hours each and every day. I’m also thrilled that not one single piece has broken…even the plastic ones!
Steven’s grandma picks up the wooden Thomas and Friends trains when she sees them at TJMaxx. They fit perfectly on the Lillabo train tracks. The one and only problem we’ve run into is that they’re too tall to go through the red tunnel. No biggie. The Thomas and Friends trains do fit under the bridges so that’s great. He is getting some of the Thomas and Friends Trackmaster trains for Christmas so we’ll see if they fit on the wooden train tracks too.