Toys my kids love: Thomas & Friends Super Station is sponsored by Mattel but all opinions are my own.
Friends, I wish I could just smother you guys in the fuzzy warm feelings I felt when my walked downstairs and laid eyes on their new favorite toy: the Thomas & Friends Super Station from Mattel (available at Walmart). When they first saw it their eyes lit up – like a real light flicked on in their eyes – and they ran to see what this gigantic toy was that they were surprised with! As avid Thomas & Friends fans for several years now I knew that they would enjoy it, but the way they were completely taken aback at how much fun and how many things to do there were was just the most fun way to start the day.
Now I have to say that we are a really big creative play family, and really love that both boys are into things like Rube Goldberg machines and building machines. I was a little concerned that by having something that is a toy dedicated to all things trains might be a distraction from what I feel is otherwise a great playtime situation; however, I’m also not too cool to admit when I’m wrong. This toy is going to fit right into the things my kids already love!
Speaking of fitting in I will be the first to tell you that, when it’s built into its largest configuration, it’s absolutely massive. HOWEVER (don’t freak out on me yet) it’s totally adjustable and can be made into smaller versions really easily. It can also be taken apart and reconfigured into whatever your kid wants it to be, which I really appreciate as well – keeps that creativity flowing!
Now for my people who love bells and whistles and features, the Thomas & Friends Super Station has some cool ones. First of all this thing holds over 100 engines, which is pretty amazing. Even cooler is the fact that it works with any Thomas & Friends train, which means that you can use your existing engines on it as well and just as easily! This was huge because my guys have their favorites engines, and I’m not about to go buy a whole bunch of other ones. Plus, again, that creativity comes out when they use engines of different sizes. It’s pretty cute the role playing they have going on with them all! That being said, it does come with a mini James, Percy, a battery-operated Thomas (you’ll need 2 AAA batteries), and Harold the Helicoptor. Cranky is included as well!
Gift giving is one of my husband’s biggest love languages, and I can see why when I see the way the boys reacted to walking into our living room with a massive magical new toy. I would ABSOLUTELY recommend purchasing this toy (you can get it at Walmart!) and then setting it up in front of the Christmas tree for a big HURRAH on Christmas morning! And if your kids are anything like mine, well, they’ll be busy all.day.long playing with it.
What’s your favorite way to surprise your kids and/or encourage creative play?