Saturday, 24 February 2018
BRIO Central Train Station & Bus and Train Station
"It is a happy talent to know how to play"
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nowadays when so many children are glued to their gadgety things and immersed in the virtual world, it is inspiring to see children playing with real toys.
My 7-year-old son is very much into Minecraft, but thankfully he still loves playing with toys and toys sets. There are moments, when I catch myself thinking about him "Don't grow up too fast, there will be plenty of time for Youtube and Xbox, you are a young kid only once".
Eddie doesn't need any encouragement when it comes to toys. But he also moves on with times. He doesn't give a second glance to his "old" soft toys, though he still keeps a couple of soft toys by the bed: his old Dumbo which I bought when he was a baby, and Crossy Roads Mickey Mouse.
The very first car he had as a tot was a wooden racing car from BRIO. From then on we have acquired quite a collection of BRIO toys.
These high quality wooden toys are timeless classic pieces. The brand itself has been making quality toys for over 130 years, that is a great achievement.
If your children enjoy playing with Brio wooden railway sets, you might want to expand your collection with these new terrific BRIO railway add on sets:
Central Train Station (£33.99) features double tracks and has a wide range of sounds from the ticket machine. It is made of a combination of wood and plastic.
If you have a rail network already, this set will make a perfect centrepiece, as this is the starting point for going on an adventure and exploring the world.
The station comes with one mini-figure, a cute dark-haired girl with freckles.
The clock on the train station has movable hands, which are just the right size for little hands and make a great tool for developing hand-eye coordination.
The station is quite realistic, and made me think of little stations which you pass through, while travelling by train.
BRIO Bus and Train Station (£24.99) is another excellent add on set. This is where you change from the bus to the train and back again. Just like when we travel to Oxford train station, and from there to Brighton, London or Penzance.
This set comes with one figure. The young chap can't wait for his big adventures, with the suitcase all packed and ready.
A little wooden bus will take you to the station, or your destination.
The station platforms are numbered, just like in real life.
You can mix and match BRIO sets for a truly creative imaginative play. Suitable for ages 3+, these lovely sets will make great gifts for young children.
My son often mixes up different brands and sets, and I saw him happily playing with LEGO minifigures and the BRIO sets.
Disclosure: We received two play sets for the purposes of testing and reviewing. All opinions are our own.