Best Train Sets for Toddlers and Kids

Best Train Sets for Toddlers and Kids

Thinking about buying a model train for your toddler as a Christmas gift from Santa? or an electric train set for one of your kids as a birthday present? Or maybe it’s a ‘just because’ kind of thing. Well, this is the guide for you! 

But first, why would you even buy a train set for toddlers or kids? 

Well, not only are they just good, fun toys for kids, they also offer a lot in terms of early childhood development and growth. Spatial ability is a big part of a child’s early life and can help them succeed later in life. Spatial ability is the ability to reason with objects, places and things around you. Merging with traffic, catching a football, even playing Tetris are all good examples of what spatial awareness is. 

But how is that going to help your child, you ask? 

Everything about train sets uses spatial awareness. Got 10 pieces of track and they all need to connect to fit in a circle? Great problem-solving exercise to find out what pieces go where. 

Need to find a way to fit all the red blocks and the 4 cows into one carriage to take them around the track? Spatial awareness again. 


Train sets can help to be an integral part of a child’s early development period, but what model train kit should you buy? That totally depends on their age first and foremost! 


Best Train set for 2-year-olds

Orbrium Wooden Toy Train

Wooden Train Tracks Full Set, Deluxe 55 Pcs with 3 Destination Fits Thomas, Brio, IKEA, Chuggington, Imaginarium, Melissa and Doug - Best Gifts for Kids Toddler Boys and Girls
  • 🔵 SUPERIOR VALUE, PREMIUM QUALITY: Made with REAL beech wood, all parts connect smoothly and efficiently. This bundle includes 55 pieces: 4 trains, 1 car, 1 red bridge, 3 destination +...
  • 🔴 COMPATIBLE TO ALL MAJOR BRANDS: Get better quality without having to pay for a name or brand! All pieces connect perfectly with Thomas Railway System, Brio, Mellisa and Doug, Kidkraft,...
  • 🔵 HEALTHY CHILDREN ARE SMART CHILDREN: Active, happy parents make active, happy children. This train set will help spur your childs imagination and help increase EARLY LEARNING as well as...
  • 🔴 PERFECT GIFT FOR TRAIN LOVERS and creative minds. This Pack will inspire creativity, hours of fun, smiles, and peace of mind for parents in need of FREE time. Priced at VALUE for MONEY....
  • 🔵 YOUR CHILD'S SAFETY IS IMPORTANT TO US. All ToysOpoly products are exhaustively and Independently Third-Party Lab Tested. Certified Non-Toxic our Engineering Learning Set is BPA-Safe,...

The Orbrium Wooden Toy Train set is the perfect train set for toddlers. All the pieces are large, wooden blocks that won’t pose a choking risk, and will feel super tactile in their hands. It comes with 18 different pieces that include track pieces, animal-specific carriages, and some nice wooden animals as well! This is a great learning train set as they can place specific animals with their specific carriages, and begin working on that spatial awareness.


Toysopoly 55pc Train Set

Wooden Train Tracks Full Set, Deluxe 55 Pcs with 3 Destination Fits Thomas, Brio, IKEA, Chuggington, Imaginarium, Melissa and Doug - Best Gifts for Kids Toddler Boys and Girls
  • 🔵 SUPERIOR VALUE, PREMIUM QUALITY: Made with REAL beech wood, all parts connect smoothly and efficiently. This bundle includes 55 pieces: 4 trains, 1 car, 1 red bridge, 3 destination +...
  • 🔴 COMPATIBLE TO ALL MAJOR BRANDS: Get better quality without having to pay for a name or brand! All pieces connect perfectly with Thomas Railway System, Brio, Mellisa and Doug, Kidkraft,...
  • 🔵 HEALTHY CHILDREN ARE SMART CHILDREN: Active, happy parents make active, happy children. This train set will help spur your childs imagination and help increase EARLY LEARNING as well as...
  • 🔴 PERFECT GIFT FOR TRAIN LOVERS and creative minds. This Pack will inspire creativity, hours of fun, smiles, and peace of mind for parents in need of FREE time. Priced at VALUE for MONEY....
  • 🔵 YOUR CHILD'S SAFETY IS IMPORTANT TO US. All ToysOpoly products are exhaustively and Independently Third-Party Lab Tested. Certified Non-Toxic our Engineering Learning Set is BPA-Safe,...

Similar to the wooden train set above, this wooden train track set comes with 55 different pieces, and are also large and chunky; perfect for small hands! 

This one comes with everything you need to build a cute little town, including tons of train track they can change, build and problem solve with. It also comes with little wooden people, bushes, buildings, as well as a bridge.


Best Train set for 3-year-olds

LEGO Duplo Learn to Count Train Set

LEGO DUPLO My First Number Train 10847 Learning and Counting Train Set Building Kit and Educational Toy for 2-5 Year Olds (23 pieces)
  • Learning how to count is an important milestone in any child's life, and now your preschooler can have fun while learning with this popular number train set from LEGO DUPLO.
  • This number train set includes a buildable locomotive and three wagons, bricks decorated with the numbers 0 through 9, two child LEGO DUPLO figures, plus a cat figure.
  • Your toddler can build and rebuild the colorful number train building kit while role-playing with the DUPLO people and animal figures. This educational toy helps with counting and number learning...
  • LEGO DUPLO toys encourage building skills and imaginative play in toddlers and small children. Play sets contain large LEGOs which are designed to be safe and easy for little hands.
  • Locomotive with caboose attached measures over 3" (10cm) high, 14" (37cm) long and 2" (6cm) wide. This number train set includes 23 pieces and makes a great educational toy for 2, 3, 4 and 5 year...

This one is technically suitable for ages 2 and up, but we’ve put it in the 3 and up category just because some of the pieces are a little smaller. This one comes equipped with a 23 piece train from LEGO, and features numbered blocks to help get a jump start on counting and spatial awareness skills like playing items in the correct places. 

Because it’s made by someone like LEGO, you know the quality is going to be amazing and will be a staple in the toy box for years to come!


Fisher Price Thomas and Friends Train Station

Fisher-Price Thomas & Friends Super Station
  • Works with Fisher-Price Thomas & Friends Adventures, TrackMaster, MINIS and Wooden Railway engines (additional engines sold separately)
  • Comes with Fisher-Price Thomas & Friends TrackMaster, Thomas, and his friends Fisher-Price Thomas & Friends Adventures, Percy, Fisher-Price Thomas & Friends MINIS James, plastic Harold...
  • Multiple configurations of layouts to fit into any space
  • Remove legs for Micro layouts to fit small spaces
  • Holds over 100 engines (sold separately and subject to availability)

Fisher Price released a Thomas and Friends train set that is absolutely perfect for a curious mind! This set comes with more than 10 meters of track, a working crane, tons of locations from the show and different trains! 

The best part about this set is the different configurations it can be set up in. Because it’s so modular, its something that can be taken apart and put back together resulting in hundreds of hours of fun. 


Best Train set for 5-year-olds

VrChill Big Train Set for Kids

vrchil Big Train Set Toy for Boys, Kids Classical Train with Steam Smoking Simulation Sound Play Train, Best Gift for Children
  • Material - train smokes by using the first class essential oils, non-toxic substances, vivid and interesting. Safe and environment-friendly ABS plastic, no toxicity, no stimulation, wear...
  • Features - Signal light, loading compartment, coal loading compartment, passenger compartment, removable compartment, simulated wheels, long tracks.
  • Intelligent development - cultivate baby's color cognition, shape cognition, eye hand coordination, logical thinking, exploration ability and deepen the bonding between parents and kids.
  • Simulation design - the simulated car, each car can be removed, let the baby experience the real train fun; The rails can be changed in many ways. The sound of the whistle, vividly imitated.
  • Notice - 4pcs 1.5V AA batteries required (NOT included in the package)

Moving into the 5-year-old trains, this one is a little more on the serious side than the bright coloured trains for younger kids. This fun train set comes with 20 different pieces, and features a bunch of neat features; signal lights, working smokestack, battery operated train, and working switches! 


Lionel Thomas and Friends Train Set

Lionel Thomas & Friends Battery-powered Model Train Set Ready to Play w/ Remote
  • Set Includes: Battery-powered Thomas steam engine, Annie passenger car, Clarabel passenger car, 24 curved and 8 straight plastic track pieces, RC remote control
  • Locomotive Features: Bell, whistle and Authentic Thomas sounds, Moving eyes, 3 Interchangeable Thomas faces Included, Requires six C cell batteries (not included)
  • Passenger Car Features: Easy to use hook couplers
  • Remote Control Features: Designed for easy use, Clearly marked buttons allow train to go forward andreverse, sound the whistle, and ring the bell, Requires three AAA batteries (not included)
  • Ready-to-Play | Set Length: 50" x 73" | Recommended Age: 4 years +

Lionel Trains are a staple in the model train community. They’re known for producing high-quality models, and this Thomas and Friends train set is no different. Coming with 32 pieces of track, Thomas steam engine and a bunch of passenger cars, this will be a hit with any kid! This is in the 5 year old age bracket because it’s a little more involved. It comes with its own remote control for controlling not only the train, but also the bell and the whistle.
If you really want a piece that will get your child into model trains, this is the one that will do it! 


Things to remember when buying model trains for kids and toddlers

There are a couple of things you need to remember when buying model trains for younger kids. 

  • First and foremost, make sure that there won’t be any choking hazards in there. Model trains are an amazing hobby, and early development tool, but can sometimes contain small parts.
  • Make sure that the train, tracks and components are made with quality material. ABS plastic, natural woods or metal are the preferred choices for a non-hazardous material
  • Consider price; model train hobbies can get very expensive, very quickly, so why buy something that your child might be bored of by next month? On the other hand, this hobby is very much a “more you spend, better the quality” type of deal. So if you want something that will stand the test of time, don’t immediately choose the cheapest option. 

We hope that helped, and if you have a recommendation, please leave a comment below with your favourite train!

And if this is your first time reading about model trains, have a look at our Ultimate Model Train Guide to learn more about the hobby!

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