Many children are exposed to push trains, which can open their eyes to a wonderful and entertaining world of imaginary travel. As your child grows up, however, you may consider electric train sets as an appropriate step deeper into the world of tracks. In some cases, this may not always be the smartest choice, unless you re able to make special considerations.

Supervision & Environment
If this is your child s first foray into the world of electric trains, you should exercise extreme caution and always supervise the child s activity. The voltage on the rails and power pack terminals is typically not enough to provide significant electric shock, which means it isn t any less safe than playing a video game. Putting together and operating electric train sets for kids isn t an intuitive process for those new to it.

Ideal Ages
You may want to shop around for electronic trains for sale when your child first expresses interest, but you should make sure your child is ready for an electric train set. Experienced train enthusiasts recommend starting children at five years of age with electric trains, though some kids may begin sooner if they have the right aptitude for it. Kids need sufficient hand-eye coordination to control the speed and direction of travel for their train, a quality that varies in age among youth.

Types of Trains
Train sets are available in a wide range of sizes, and the most traditional are HO and O scale. If you want to give your child the opportunity to explore options for laying track, then these sizes may not be appropriate because of how much space they can take up. Space should always be a concern when shopping for trains, as this will impact how your child can lay the tracks. For children new to electric trains, the recommended scale is TT, though this isn t a commonly sold scale. However, it may prove to be the best option because it is comparable in size to most push toy trains children already use. If you cannot find sufficient options for TT scale, then N and HO scale are common options for children to play with.

Track Layouts
A common impulse among parents is to go overboard when purchasing track pieces to allow for bridges, turnouts and other complex parts. Instead, you should begin with simple layouts and pieces to help your child become familiar with how they fit together and how the pieces impact train travel. While a simple circular track may prove somewhat boring, you can also include curves of different radii, crossovers and straight pieces to add some variety to the track. You should always buy additional track with a plan in mind; otherwise you may lack sufficient pieces to complete the track.

Ongoing Care
In comparison to simple push trains, electric trains require some ongoing maintenance. The wear and tear associated with play time can cause significant stress on the track and train pieces. When examining electric trains for sale, you should consider whether the trains themselves will need regular oiling and cleaning to ensure they retain their mobility. In addition, rust and corrosion on the wires and transformers may lead to a shorter product life and more frequent failures when your child is playing with them. While a lack of care will not necessarily put your child at any greater risk of electrical shock, it will give them a negative experience if the train becomes frequently unresponsive on the track.

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