Playing with the classics is always a good time. In 1936, Skaneateles Handicrafters were one of the first toy companies to make a wooden toy train and track very similar to that used by most companies today.
Engineering Skills for Kids
My kiddos love playing with the wooden trains. It isn’t their first choice in toys but once they get started they will play for hours. Learning about magnetism with the cars connections and track layout are great skills gained from wooden trains.
IKEA vs Kids Destiny Brand
When I started to look for my kids first wooden train set, I didn’t realize there were so many options. We originally purchased Kids Destiny Wooden Train Track 59 Piece Pack which states it is 100% Compatible with All Major Brands Including Thomas Train Wooden Railway System making this a great starter kit.
A year later, we were gifted an IKEA train set. I assumed the two sets were compatible. However, the two sets are not compatible. The plastic connectors of the IKEA train tracks doesn’t fit in the inserted connectors of the Kids Destiny tracks. Both are great train track sets but not together.
As you can see in the photo below, we mix and match them but it takes extra planning where the different tracks can go. Kids get a little frustrated and I have to help make it work.
When researching what skills are developed from wooden trains, I was surprised to find a long list at ChildDevelopment.com. Here is some of the concepts that I found interesting. Check out their website for a full description.
• Understanding/recognising items.
• Following instructions.
• Turn taking.
• Moving Concepts.
• Imaginative play skills.
▪ Boundary setting.
▪ Expand play.