Best Train Sets for Toddlers (From Ages 1, 2 and 3)

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Train sets make for a great toy for little ones. They can learn many things by playing with a train set including problem-solving, creativity, imagination, dexterity, and fine motor skills. Plus, train sets are a great way that you can engage with your toddler in play time.

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.

Conclusion

This train set is made for children between the ages of 1 and 5. It runs on 3 AAA batteries which are also included. We liked this train set for its many interactive abilities and how it encourages free play while still being educational. We also liked that you can separately purchase more items to work along with the train set which helps restore some novelty to it with your child when they have been playing with it for a while. Overall, This is the best train set for 1 to 2 years old toddlers.

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.

Conclusion

The age range (2 to 7) seems very extreme. While it’s a basic and solidly entertaining train set for toddlers, children beyond 5 will likely not be very entertained by it. This model is a nice option for a first train set for younger children. Also, it requires the use of 6 AAA batteries which are not included. Even though you can expand on this set, it seems to lack all the bells and whistles other models have.

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.

Conclusion

While it is very cute, this train set is very basic. There is no way to expand upon it with additional track or parts, so it’s not very versatile. It requires 3 AA batteries which are included, though. However, this train doesn’t offer any educational opportunities. It is fun for a young toddler, but as your child grows, he will likely be less entertained by it.

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.

Conclusion

This train set comes with 3 AAA batteries which are included for demo purposes. The manufacturer recommends replacing them for regular use. It’s intended for ages 1 to 5 years old, and with all the learning opportunities, activities, sounds and the flexibility of being able to arrange the tracks, this is a fantastic train set for toddlers. Additionally, being able to add to it over time with other Go! Go! Smart Wheels products mean you can really build up the track and keep this toy feeling like new just by buying other cars, animals, or even play sets to connect it with.

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.

Conclusion

This train set is very bare-bones. While it’s fun for a child of 18 months, as your child gets older, they will likely become bored with it. There is no way to build onto the set to make it larger. It offers opportunities to expand imagination but there are no learning features. It also requires 2 AA batteries which are not included. If you want something basic for a child 18 months and up, this will do fine, but if you want your child to learn more from a train set and be entertained by it for many years, you may want to choose something else.

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.

Conclusion

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.

Final thoughts

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.

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3 Comments

  1. Maria says

    Nice blog Willy! Toy train nowadays are more entertaining that’s why kids love’s train. 🙂

    1. Willy says

      Thanks, Maria for your comment. Yes, most to the kids love them and also they are very affordable for everyone.

  2. elly says

    The design of the Fisher-Price GeoTrax is just awesome and I am getting this one for my brother kids. I am sure they will get delighted with this gift. Thanks for the list!

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