M is loving life at the moment as we’ve been sent the BRIO My First Railway Battery Train Set to review, to go alongside her BRIO classic train and BRIO classic railway, as well as all of her other BRIO that we’ve bought for her. She’s really starting to build a proper collection now, and she’s – okay, I’m – excited to expand her selection to make a lovely BRIO world.
The BRIO My First Railway Battery Train Set is suitable from 18 months. It’s a mixture of the traditional wooden track that BRIO’s famous for, and some chunky plastic components that make it a little bit different, and 100% toddler friendly. Of course, you can set up BRIO tracks in any way you like, but the box suggests two main ways. You can either make one continuous track, or split the track using the plastic separators. This allows the battery-operated train to briefly run across the carpet, before rejoining the track.
The yellow pieces support the raised track and create a kind of viaduct. I’m excited to combine this set with other pieces that we own to see if I can run another piece of track underneath it. That’s my favourite thing about BRIO; there are endless possibilities that I know M will enjoy exploring as she gets older. She already enjoys watching me figure out how I’m going to make the most interesting configuration I can find!
There’s also a green section of track that runs under a bridge made up of two wooden cylinders and a plastic ‘roof’. I think this is M’s favourite part of the set as she loves to take it apart and uses the cylinders to tap together like rhythm sticks. It’s probably not the intended use for them, but it’s another example of how BRIO can fire the imagination!
This set looks simple, but it has lots of great details. Another cool feature is that the wooden and plastic battery operated train has a carriage to pull, on which sits a ‘cable reel’ which turns as the train travels along. I definitely think that the train being battery operated adds another layer of interest for M. She’s fascinated by how it works and has even been showing her little sister (who at three months isn’t reciprocating as much as she’d like!).
We are definite BRIO fans in this house and while much of it is age 2 or even 3 plus, this set provides a great option for younger toddlers to start building their BRIO collection early.
The BRIO My First Railway Battery Train Set has an RRP of £44.95.
Disclosure: We were sent the BRIO My First Railway Battery Train Set free of charge for the purposes of this review. However, all opinions are my own.