Little ones will think this is one of the best toys. Moms will too.
One of the perks of doing blog photography is the great array of products I receive—like for this Best Toys for Boys for Christmas post sponsored by Mirum (thank you). I can hardly believe we’re talking about Christmas already, but count how many weeks ‘til Christmas. It’s time!
I was curious when the My First Thomas & Friends Railway Pals box arrived, but my boys were excited. They couldn’t wait to open it.
Guess they know a good thing when they see it! After examining the entire set, I’ve got to say I agree.
It’s a super gift idea for the one to five-year-old crowd. Let me tell you why.
I don’t know if it’s my elementary ed teaching background or simply my mom-preference, but I appreciate toys that capture kids’ attention for more than a few minutes. Are you with me moms?
This toy does that.
Besides being colorful—which kids love—the Island of Sodor is where Thomas and his friends work. Percy, the junior member of the railway, is the featured engine with this set.
In a typical big brother scenario, Rowen immediately declared Dax would be Percy while he would be the more experienced Thomas. Since Percy is the set’s star, Dax didn’t blink an eye! #favoritemommoments.
There are over 40 tracks that readily fit together like large puzzle pieces. Rowen really liked doing that.
And I’ve gotta mention, if you’ve ever struggled with building a toy while trying to match your set-up to the box picture, you’ll appreciate there’s more than one way to do these track set-ups!
Kids think they’re just having fun but the interactive play teaches letters, numbers, and directions while motor skills and imagination are being developed, too.
Press or bump Percy’s light-up bumper and he talks and sings. If your child is like mine, he will sing along and talk back. Sweet stuff.
There are also activation points on the tracks so as your little one drives Percy over them, he’ll hear sounds, songs, and phrases (move up/down, over/under, count, etc.).
There’s a turntable that changes Percy’s direction, a windmill to play with, and cargo to load and unload so there’s lots of inspiration for imaginary plots. Listening to my youngest make up stories was one of my favorite take-aways!
Another positive about this toy—it’s fun play for one but it’s great for sharing too. Think social skills. Even for brothers.
There are additional Railway Pals available (Thomas, Percy, James, Harold, and Rosie make up the crew) and each
has its own music, sound effects, and phrases that work with this set. That means potential for new storylines and fresh play.
Now, check the how-many-weeks ‘til Christmas thing yourself.
Say it with me: “Yikes!”
Get over to Walmart (or order on Walmart.com) and find My First Thomas & Friends Railway Pals for the small fry on your Christmas list. It’s time!