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Key benefits of playing with train sets
- Fine motor skills. Developing good fine motor skills at a young age is hugely beneficial for development as these are the skills you need for writing, drawing, tying your shoelaces and using a knife and fork. Putting the track together, pulling the trains around and operating bridges and turntables is all great for fine motor skills and you can add extra elements such as people, buildings and animals to increase the use of fine motor skills.
- Problem solving. Children learn to build a track through trial and error, figuring out how to make a circular track that trains can continuously go round. This ability to see A and relate it to B is a lifelong skill but one that needs to be learned and practised none the less.
- Vocabulary and communication skills. Playing with trains can be really beneficial to your child’s vocabulary and communication skills. Not only does pretend play enhance vocabulary through the description and storytelling. But children also learn valuable sequencing skills as they play.
- Learning about concepts. There are plenty of concepts your children can learn as they are playing with trains. You can talk about the past, future and present. Learn about over and under, through or around, left and right and counting.
- Creativity and imagination. The beauty of a train set is that children can set it up in a different way every time they play. Train sets are also perfect for imaginative storytelling and can be combined with lots of other toys for hours of small world play.
- Gross motor skills. It might not be the skill you first think of when train sets come to mind but children also have to gain spatial awareness and learn about how much space they themselves take up in order to play successfully without breaking the track. There’s also a lot of crouching, crawling, lying on the floor and stepping over things involved in a good game of trains.