On Train Tables

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I’ve tried through a few Curtis children to get this train table up-and-running. I’ve had more success with this table as a laundry inbox, a special toy collection service or a little-crawly-crawly-bub-away sanctuary. After four kids, I’ve finally acquiesced. This train table ain’t big enough for the both of us. The child’s imagination and the track available to them. Why have I constrained them to a 32 X 48 inch rectangle? Maybe Pottery Barn was at fault. Maybe I thought that kids could construct train tracks in little rectangles. The truth is, kids construct train tracks ad hoc. When you pull track after track out of the bin, it could be round or it could be straight. Who knows? But you stick it in because all Brio train tracks fit together in perfect harmony. The track unfolds as you creatively put it together. When you hit the edge of the train table, you give up. It’s no longer fun laying out track for your amazing train adventure. You’ve hit the edge of the train table.  Lay out your track on the floor and the only limitation is yourself.  With tons of space and tons of track, you feel the need, even as an eight-year-old, to make a plan.  And that plan has a chance of success with the space that you’ve provided for it.  The best place to build a train track is on the ground.  Maybe even outside.  You need a lot of space to lay it out.  Then evaluate.  Then adjust.  You need space to live.  You need space to build train tracks.

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “On Train Tables

  1. cecilia April 21, 2013 / 4:22 pm

    Our entire front room was full of train tracks when we were kids! We would sit in the middle to watch the trains go past and mum would sigh as she passed (and often shut) the door. no tracks in the kitchen though! c

  2. Jean Curtis April 23, 2013 / 4:42 am

    yes! No tracks in the kitchen or they’ll end up in your soup. We have the same rule with toys.

  3. Heartwalk Counseling April 23, 2013 / 5:55 pm

    DEEP, JEAN, DEEP one of my fondest memories real station and people and an engine with weight and metal. very impressive. there was a decoupler and the capacity for one brother to race against the other. We used the top of the ping pong table.

    Jane Sawyer iheartwalk@aol.com

    • Jean Curtis April 23, 2013 / 6:02 pm

      I love train races!

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