It’s a universal truth that children are often obsessed with trains. Whether it’s Thomas on the TV, playing with a wooden set, or simply watching them go past at the level crossing, trains grasp the imagination of kids. That's why we've pulled together a list of the best wooden trains for toddlers.
My little boy, who’s just turned two, is in love with all sorts of trains. He gets so excited when we have to stop for a train to go past, and the train set is permanently erected in our dining room. He often takes Percy to bed with him, and Thomas has to be on telly before we have breakfast.
Currently he has three wooden train sets – one at our house, one at Grandma’s, and one at Grandad’s.
When were wooden toy trains invented?
Wooden toy trains became a staple for children across the world as early as the 1890s. Fast forward to 2022, and you'll find that these toys have been enjoyed from generation to generation, with some family members passing down their favourite tracks. How cute is that?
Best wooden trains for toddlers 2022
If you’re looking for a train set that will see your toddler through years of train obsessions, get a wooden one that’ll last for ages. We’ve chosen our favourite wooden train sets for toddlers:
Chad Valley Wooden Train Set
Best wooden train set for improving motor skills
Suitable for children aged three and over, this Chad Valley Wooden Train Set is ideal for developing motor skills. It features 21 wooden track pieces, a plastic bridge, four vehicles, four buildings, four people, six bushes and trees, two traffic lights and 12 roadblocks and signs. WOW!
Review: "Really lovely train set. Easy to set up, doesn't take up loads of space. My little boy loves it!"
BRIO My First Railway Beginner Pack
Brio is the ultimate wooden train set for toddlers, and it’s been around for years. You might even have one in your loft from your own childhood that you can pass on to your little one. This starter kit is great for toddlers to begin their train set obsession; there are loads of add-ons and accessories to keep building up, and to give the family Christmas present ideas for years to come.
Review: "Purchased as a starter railway pack for our Grandson's second birthday. Brio has always been a well-made and good value long-lasting product. We originally purchased a Brio for our son thirty years ago. The railway is still in his possession for use by visiting nieces and nephews to play with and it still looks good as new."
Bigjigs Rail My First Wooden Train Set - Beginner Railway Set
Best beginner wooden train set
Perfect for a first set, this is a little track ideal for little fingers. Comes with 20 pieces.
Review: "Well made and good for the price bought this for my sons first train set. Not too many parts as he likes to break things, so thought it best to get a wooden one. It’s a nice set, and for the price, it is great. I will see how he gets on but really can’t fault this."
KidKraft Waterfall Mountain Wooden Train Track Set & Table
Best budget wooden train set
One for the serious train fan, why not go all out and get your little one a table to set up a whole town? The first step to model trailway building!
Review: "The product is perfect. It's as described, our 'road' came with a damaged corner, but nothing big and we glued. For the money, we are astonished by the quality, everything is wood except the plain and the mountain. Super, super good!"
John Lewis & Partners Wooden Train Set, 50 Pieces
Recommended wooden train set
This is a beautiful wooden train set, which comes with 50 pieces, including trees, sheep, a shed, and a drawbridge. It's very similar to Brio (and the trains will probably work on both types of track).
Review: "Added to another John Lewis train set, great for imaginative play, well made item."
Personalised Tenderleaf Wild Pines Wooden Toy Train Set
Best personalised wooden train set
How cute is this wooden toy train set from My 1st Years? Another option that is suitable for children over the age of three, this 30-piece set will spark imagination in your little ones. From visiting the lake to the log cabin, there's endless of stories to tell.
Hey Duggee 1231 WOODEN 50 PIECE EXPLORING TRAIN SET
Best Hey Duggee wooden train set
Kids who love the award-winning TV series Hey Duggee will be over the moon to receive this train set. Not only does it come with 50 wooden pieces, but it features some of their favourite characters from the show.
Review: "My son absolutely loves it, it fits together well with his other wooden train set bits so he has a big set now and all the animals and scenery bits."
Bigjigs Rail Wooden Fairy Figure of Eight Train Play Set
Best fairy-themed wooden train set
Sprinkle a little bit of magic into playtime thanks to the Bigjigs Rail Wooden Fairy Figure of Eight Train Play Set. It features 35 pieces including fairy figurines, a pastel train and much more.
Review: "It's hard to find toys for a child transitioning into toddlerhood, but this is perfect. It is really well made, and is super easy to put together. It came with an instruction sheet which I read through. The little train which comes with it is magnetized, so very easy for a toddler. The favourite activity was placing one car at top of the hill, and let it go down and stop then the next, then the next."
Personalised Dinosaur Train Table with 100 Pieces and Storage
Best wooden train set with storage
For any mini dinosaur fans, this personalised train table will bring their storybooks and fantasy world to life. Not only will they have hours of fun in their own dino world, but the storage in this table makes clean up fun.
Review: "I bought two, one for my nephew for Christmas and one for my best friends son for his birthday and they both loved them! Play with them all the time!!"