Best Train Sets for Toddlers (From Ages 1, 2 and 3)
Ideally, the train set you choose for your child should be something that you can use for years to come. This is especially important if you’ll be growing your family further as the children can all share and play with the train set together. The best train sets for toddlers are ones that are durable, easy to grab and provide learning opportunities for your child.
A train set for a 2-year-old is especially important in bridging the gap from baby to child. The toddler years are very important for hands-on learning, and train sets are one of the best toys you can buy for their entertainment value as well as for how much your child will learn by playing with it.
We’ve taken a look at some of the top train sets for toddlers and we’re weighing in on the best options.
(Best Rated Train Sets for Toddlers)
VTech 80-146700 Go! Go! Smart Wheels Train Set
There’s a lot of fun to be had with this adorable and highly interactive train set. Made for ages 1 to 5, it offers a variety of creative learning activities as well as opportunities to cultivate those fine motor skills
This VTech train set comes equipped with something they call Smart Point technology. What it does is provide an interactive experience with certain points along the tracks. When the train touches these parts of the track, it responds by chirping out phrases and sounds, much to the delight of every child.
There are plenty of hands-on things with this set too, aside from building it. The train station, bridge, and tunnel are all electronic, and the hill has a hand-crank conveyor belt. The track has multiple configurations too so there are many different ways to build it. Lots of variety means more learning opportunities and less likelihood of your child growing bored with it.
The electronic train teaches the letter “T,” sings songs, and also comes with a cargo car that engages your child. On the train station, your child will learn about time concepts as well as languages with buttons for English, Spanish, French, and German.
Another fun feature is that this train set compatible with all Go! Go! Smart Wheels and Go! Go! Vehicles, Smart Animals playsets, and animals. That’s a great feature because it allows you to expand the train set.
Fisher-Price GeoTrax Remote Control Timbertown Railway
This simple train set is bright and fun. It includes a train named Steamer that has three cars (steam engine, log cart, and caboose). The smokestack on Steamer moves up and down when his wheels move. Your child can move the train by hand or use the handy remote control to steer it. Since this train set is designed for ages 2 to 7, the remote control will be more of a factor for older children to stay entertained.
The pieces snap together easily, giving your child a fun track that goes up a mountain, circles in loops, and goes through a tunnel. The working crane is makes loading lumber and cargo onto the train, even more, fun.
The included conductor action figure allows for more imaginative play. Plus, this train set is compatible with the rest of the GeoTrax set so you can easily build upon it for more adventures.
Tolo Toys First Friends Deluxe Train Set
This is a small train set for toddlers that feature a train that flashes its headlight, toots its horn, and chugs all around the track. The 17 pieces of track are meant to be arranged in a figure eight shape. Little hands can free-wheel it around the track or it can be set to chug around the track on its own. It includes a conductor who, once placed in the conductor seat, activates the train. There is also a puppy and apple tree included.
It’s a bright and vibrant train set for toddlers that encourage imagination. The age range on this model of train set is for ages 1 to 5.
VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Treasure Mountain Train Adventure
This Go! Go! Smart Wheels features many interactive ways to play with learning opportunities too. The motorized freight train named Forrest has a light-up button and says phrases and makes cute sounds. It can go on its own around the tracks through the tunnels and up the hills, or your child can move it along by hand.
There are 9 Smart Point locations on this set which emit different phrases, music, and sound effects. The train also teaches the letter F. The gold mine is loads of fun for little ones. It has a shape sorter which makes for a fun learning activity even for the littlest toddlers. Meant for ages 1 to 5, it has a variety of engaging features like rotating gears, a crane that allows movement of the shape pieces, and a mine shaft.
The track comes with over 30 connecting pieces and is able to connect to other Go! Go! Smart Wheels play sets as well as work with other separately purchased Go! Go! Smart Wheels items so you can build on the fun for years to come.
WolVol Attractive Colorful Toddler Train Set with Lights and Sound
Here is a very simple and best toddlers train set. It’s bright and colorful with primary colors. The track is easy enough for little ones to assemble on their own. The train itself is battery-operated so it can go around the track on its own or your child can move it around by hand. It makes sound and lights up. It is a very basic toy that can be very entertaining to children from the age of 18 months and up.
KidKraft Waterfall Mountain WoodenTrain Set and Table
Of all the trains we looked at, this is the only wooden model. The table makes it easy to keep all the parts together thanks to the 1 ½-inch lip around the edge. It also comes with three red plastic bins that slide under the table so you can easily store the 120 different parts. It’s rather sturdy and all parts are made of wood with some plastic accessories. The landscaped board is silk-screened and has a reversible side for a change of scenery. It’s an adorable wood train set that encourages imaginative play.
This model requires no batteries because it is not electronic. For some parents, this might be exactly what they want. It is ideal for creativity and encouraging your child to use his imagination. However, one major issue with this set is it is meant for ages 3 and up because of the small parts which pose a choking hazard. If you’re looking for a train set your child can use from a younger age (like ages 1 or 2), this is not for you.
Additionally, it lacks any other functions. While the storage is good and the table makes for a nice piece to add to any play room, there are no interactive learning opportunities with this train set.
The best options for parents looking to buy a train set for toddlers is to find one that can endure over time. While the youngest children at age 1 might not be able to appreciate all the features of the interactive models, they will be able to do so in time. A toy that grows with your child is important because your child will enjoy playing with it for many years.
Of these trains, we were most impressed with the VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels. We liked it just slightly more over the other Go! Go! Smart Wheels Treasure Mountain Set because it offered 10 Smart Point locations. The ability on the Go! Go! Smart Wheels sets to interchange and add onto them were a huge bonus for us. We liked that children can manipulate the train and items on their own and that it provides an electronic option that allows it to go on its own.
Best of all, we like that we could ideally combine both of these sets as well as other sets within the Go! Go! Smart Wheels collections. That kind of versatility makes purchasing future gifts for birthdays and holidays simple because you can find something new that will work with the set. Children tire of things easily and by simply adding one new thing, your child will be excited for the train set all over again.
We really disliked the wooden train set because we feel that it’s not a viable option for a toddler. It’s meant for older children and can pose serious harm if given to a child under the age of 3. With all toys, you should feel safe allowing your child to play with it even if you need to leave the room for a moment. The Go! Go! Smart Wheels sets are definitely the best choices here.