Last year my parents spent some time clearing out cupboards and the such and made a start on clearing their loft. Down came many, many books, and I will write more on these in the future, but as well as these there were some toys passed on to me for Daniel and Emma.
One of these was a Hornby Thomas the Tank Engine train set that must have belonged to my younger brother. We got this out for Daniel a week or so ago and earlier this week he wandered in carrying the rather delicate box and declared playing this one, Thomas. So, whilst Emma napped we set the track up on the floor and passed a good 40 minutes of so watching Thomas trundle around the track.
The train is operated by a clockwork mechanism and it still works perfectly now, some 20 years on. I’m going to repair the box when I get chance as I think this is going to be well used and well loved by Daniel and Emma over the coming months.
Daniel has really discovered Thomas recently, and he has been enjoying some of the original shows via YouTube – they are great as they are only five minutes long so good for distracting him when needed (for example when I was at the Doctors with Emma last week). He has a couple of large Thomas books which he just loves to sit and read (usually with his Grandma) and then a box of 68 small books that follows the adventures of all the engines, and includes some new ones that I am not sure I have heard of!
I spotted some Thomas activity books on The Book People website a few weeks ago so ordered those and we will be working through them over the Easter break when all our usual playgroups are off. I am sure Daniel will be really excited when he sees them.
The Hornby set is quite delicate and isn’t really aimed at two year olds, so we have to be careful with it of course, but Daniel is enjoying it and I’m so pleased that my parents had the wisdom to keep hold of some of these toys for my brother and I to pass on to our own children.
This set cost £14.99 from Toys R Us and I am sure if I ebayed it it would fetch a fair price – but some things are just priceless. For now Daniel (and Emma in time) can enjoy this simple toy
Do you have any items or handed down toys that your little ones enjoy?