On Train Tables


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.