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Boyish Charm

Amazing Toys for Boys + an Apple Hand Pie Recipe

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Best toys for boys? This one gets my vote for the 3-year-old and up crowd.

If you’re looking for the best toys for boys this Christmas, my boys and I are recommending Thomas & Friends Super Station. Fun toys and a fine treat like these Apple Hand Pies make for a great play session! Thanks to Mirum for gifting us with the set and sponsoring this post.

Best Toys for Boys

This colorful train set immediately captured my boys’ attention but what was even better, it kept their attention.

Thomas Super Station Best Train Set

Fun-filled learning adventures always get thumbs up from me and watching my guys play with the Thomas & Friends Super Station confirms this set is the way to go.

Thomas Super Station Review

Railway Pals Thomas, Percy, James, Harold, and Rosie star in their own series so kids are probably familiar with some of their stories. But whether or not your kids have “met” Thomas and the gang before, the trains inspire a lot of pretending.

Thomas Super Station

The trains encourage thinking skills, imagination, and motor skills as kids play with the engines, connect the tracks, load and unload cargo.

Thomas Super Station Best Toys for Boys

It’s a toy a child can play with by himself but it’s perfect for sharing with others. The role-playing interactions are great for developing social skills.

Most Durable Thomas the Train Set

The track master trains are motorized so they can go by themselves…or run on boyish imaginations.
There are several ways the tracks fit together so depending on the play space, the set is adjustable. Also, this works with Thomas & Friends Adventures, TrackMaster, MINIS and Wooden Railway Engines so there’s a lot of flexibility for fresh play ideas.

Thomas the Train

I notice my boys play with Cranky the Crane and the turntable a lot and they especially love the dual racetrack layout. Racing down the side-by-side tracks adds excitement!

Super Station Thomas the Train Set

Buy Thomas & Friends Super Station yourself or give a hint to grandparents when they ask for gift ideas this year. You can buy Thomas & Friends Super Station at Walmart or order from Walmart.com.

Thomas Super Station Train Set

If you’re a fan of Thomas and his friends, you might remember the episode about the apple orchard on the Skarloey Railway. Sir Handel is supposed to smoothly transport the apples, but he is having a problem with bumping, so his friends help him until he can go it alone.

It’s a good storyline for brothers working together AND a great segue for making Apple Hand Pies!

Baking together is a fine way to spend an afternoon and there are several parts of this recipe kids can help with.

Apple Hand Pies

Of course you’ll need to peel and dice the apples but kids can help measure and pour the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.

Apple Hand Pies

Using refrigerated pie crusts is quick and easy. My guys like taking turns making the cookie-cutter circles.

Apple Hand Pies

Since both of my fellows are pretty small, I still do everything related to the stove and oven but they are champs at pressing the pie edges together and sprinkling the sugar.

Eating Apple Hand Pies

They are also champs at eating the pies and they don’t even care if the trains bump the apples!

Apple Hand Pie Recipe

Apple Hand Pie Recipe

Prep Time 1 hour 17 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 17 minutes
Servings 14
Author Melodee Fiske


  • 4 medium apples
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 packages refrigerated pie crusts 4 pie crusts total
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. 1.  Peel and dice apples into half inch pieces; place in a large bowl.
  2. 2.  Add brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg. Stir to coat pieces.
  3. 3.  Transfer to medium sauce pan; add butter.
  4. 4.  In a small measuring cup, measure ½ cup of water and stir in corn starch.  Pour into sauce pan with apples and butter.
  5. 5.  Bring to a low simmer; cook for 15-20 minutes until apples are fork-tender.
  6. 6.  Roll out dough; use round 3 ½ inch cookie cutter to cut out circles.
  7. 7.  Make egg wash: beat one egg with 1 tablespoon of water.
  8. 8.  Scoop a tablespoon of apples into the middle of half of the circles.
  9. 9.  Use your finger to apply egg wash to the very outside of the circles to act as a glue. Place a dough circle over top; use a fork to press the edges which seals the dough crusts together.
  10. 10.  Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with raw sugar.
  11. 11.  Bake at 425 for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown.

Melodee Fiske

Melodee is a mom of two energetic and independent boys who fuel her need for coffee. She is a foodie who loves creating and photography so has combined her passions to share with the world. When she’s not behind the camera, she’s giving piggy back rides, building car tracks or running to Target…again.