If you re ready to take the step of exposing your toddler to the world of trains, or you re hoping to upgrade what they currently have to something newer and more suitable to their cognitive development, you need to factor in several elements. The best train sets for toddlers in 2015 are either push trains or electric trains, depending on their age. Each of these has its own specific requirements for size, adult supervision and difficulty of assembly. When purchasing a train set, consider each of these factors accordingly to ensure your child has the best train experience possible.

Train Assembly
As you research train sets, one of the most important factors to keep in mind is the difficulty of assembling the track pieces. Because toddlers are still developing the motor skills necessary for more complex tasks, you ll need to factor in your child s current capabilities when deciding the best type of train to pick. Depending on your child's development, you can pick between a regular push train set or an electric model.

Push Trains
In the majority of cases, children under 5 years old still thrive on push toy trains. For example, Brio, Lego trains, GeoTrax, and Thomas the Tank Engine toys will prove most popular to these young and growing minds. Kids can still lose themselves for hours as they lay track and run wooden trains. Each of these sets have its own specific benefits, ranging from quality parts to recognizable characters to pieces that always line up no matter how they re placed.

The cost of push train sets can become significant due to the wooden materials used to create long-lasting rail pieces. Even the cost of the trains themselves can add up swiftly. Still, the rail options available allow you to create a wide range of track layouts, comparable to sets suitable to older children and adults. And even if your child is younger than 5, this doesn t mean they can t use electric train sets.

Electric Trains
Many train set enthusiasts recommend starting toddlers at age 5 with electric trains simply because of the aptitude and motor skills required to use them. Though the voltages on the rails and power pack terminals won t be a significant health hazard for younger children, the setup and operation of these devices are not as intuitive as push train sets. The rail pieces are more difficult to connect due to the smaller design of each part, and regular use of electric trains will necessitate adult supervision simply for safety purposes. From an educational standpoint, giving your child an electric train set helps develop significant hand-eye coordination as they learn to control the speed and direction a train is traveling.

Recommended Train Sizes
If you decide an electric train is the best option for your child, you ll find that numerous size options exist. Each size indicates a different scale for both the train and rails. O scale is the most commonly-used size among train enthusiasts, but for young toddlers you ll want to consider something that requires less space for setup and use. Typical O scale tracks require a four-foot by eight-foot table space for a simple track. Instead, consider other scales, like HO, N or TT, which are comparable to the size and scale of push trains. Prior to committing to a scale, do your research and identify the size and space requirements needed to set up an electric train.

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