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Train Gifts: Thomas the Tank Engine, Chuggington and More
Thomas & Friends Take-n-Play The Great Quarry Climb
Little fanatics know the best part of playing with trains is zooming down hills. Owen the Traction Engine is there to pull Thomas back up.
Thomas & Friends Take-n-Play The Great Quarry Climb, $29.99, available at amazon.com
LeapFrog Touch Magic Counting Train
Kids love learning if it's combined with their passion. Sneak in mastery of numbers and new words with this train-themed learning game, which—bonus!—lets kids build their own Old MacDonald cast of animals.
Book: Shark vs. Train
It’s the ultimate contest: a shark and a train battle each other in a series of imaginative and funny situations. The two face off on the high-dive, sword fight on a tightrope, and play a round of the Extreme Zombie-Squirrel Motocross videogame. (Note: without any thumbs, neither is very good at it). Ages 4 to 8.
Basic Train Set
Want a starter train set for less than the price of an Amtrak ticket? Check out this 20-piece LILLABO train set from Ikea. It includes 10 feet of track—and easily expands with other LILLABO components, like a bridge and tunnel set ($9.99), 10-pack of additional tracks ($6.99), or 3-piece train set ($3.99). Bonus: because it’s a standard size, it can be used with non-IKEA trains as well. Not for children under 3.
Chuggington VTech Play Laptop
For the train-loving technophile in your family, this Chuggington play laptop from VTech offers 40 learning activities that teach letters, words, numbers, shapes, matching, and more. Kids can choose from five different modes, including “adventure”, which lets kids play as one of their favorite Chuggington characters. Ages 3 to 6 years.
The Polar Express
One of our fave holiday books of all time, The Polar Express tells the story of a young boy’s sleepless Christmas Eve, his ensuing train ride to the North Pole, and a very important lesson about the spirit of Christmas. A modern Christmas classic.
My Subway Ride
Whisking readers on a journey through the New York City subway system, My Subway Ride is a rhythmic read perfect for bedtime. Through its pages, kids can zip through four boroughs and hit major city landmarks in less time than it would take to decipher a subway map.
Thomas & Friends Holiday Favorites
Your littlest train fanatic will be delighted by this 3-DVD gift set of holiday-themed DVDs featuring Thomas and his engine friends. Includes Thomas & Friends: Merry Winter Wish, Thomas & Friends: Ultimate Christmas, and Thomas & Friends: Holiday Express.
Chuggington Traintastic Cargo Game
If your family game night could use something new, try adding this Chuggington game into the mix. Players look inside boxcars for specific shapes, colors and numbers in a game involving memory and pattern matching.
My First Train Ride-On Toy
Get ready to totally wow your little train lover with this ride-on toy. It requires no track, travels at less than 1 mile per hour, goes forward and reverse, and makes train sound effects. Appropriate for 18 months and up.
The Little Engine That Could
“I think I can—I think I can…” This inspiring classic about believing in oneself follows the story of a little train full of toys as it tries to climb a mountain, powered mostly by determination. Warning: bring tissues for your first read-through!