Tidlo is the new toy range from purveryors of fine wooden toys – John Crane, and we were thrilled to be sent one of their 50 piece Wooden Train sets to review from Helen at the John Crane Blog, all decked out in the new stylish Tidlo packaging.
Will be brutally honest to start with and say that Thomas hasn’t shown much interest in the set really. I think he’s trying to stamp his authority over being the big boy of the house at the moment, and probably feels that at nearly 6 years old this might be a bit young for him. Jacob however has had a whale of a time with it.
Although 50 pieces seems like a lot of hard work, the track itself is under 20 pieces and really easy and quick to assemble. No instructions needed just look at the box to help you along, and the whole set is up and ready for playtime in under 5 minutes. Everything also fits back nicely into the box, and because it’s so quick and simple to put together you don’t have to worry about keeping it out all the time as it’s just as easy to pack up and reassemble next time.
I like that the set is not just a train set, you also get lots of extras that make the set more realistic and special. Trees, animals, people, buildings, lots and lots of things to add to the fun.
All the pieces are really well made and beautifully painted, all pieces are very chunky and easy for toddlers to pick up and place where they want easily. As well as playing with the trains, Jacob has enjoyed stacking all of the buildings on top of each other making towers and using them like building blocks.
So although Thomas thinks he’s too old for train sets, I think he’s actually the one that’s missing out. This set is beautifully made, fun and compact enough that it can be easily packed away and taken along with you (Jacob is insisting on taking it to his grans house tonight). Thomas’ loss is Jacob’s gain I suppose, but I do wonder how long it’ll take for Thomas to give in and decide to have a play with it too.
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