Like most little boys, Alex and Harrison LOVE trains. They have a Brio train set, which belonged to my brothers and me when we were little, and they can happily play for hours with it. We were obviously very excited to be given the opportunity to try out a Chuggington starter set. The boys love watching and reading Chuggington, especially as there is a train called Harrison! I love the subtle messages that each episodes conveys as well.
We were sent the Over and Under starter set.The fact it is wooden is a bonus – this year we have been trying to move away from plastic toys as they never seem to last very long! This 25-piece set features a 2-in-1 Clock Tower where you can stack the pieces to create a two-level tower, or separate them to create two stand-alone tunnels.The set included two wooden engines, and we were also sent out an extra couple of trains, meaning the kids can play with it together. The track forms a figure of eight shape, which is easy to put together (and full instructions are included in case you’re like me and are hopeless!) and fits well. Because it is a starter kit, you can buy further Chuggington track sets to add on, but even better, it is compatible with other wooden train sets, so we can use it with the track and trains from our Brio set.
The suggested age for it is 3+, but Alex, who has literally just turned two absolutely loved it. The trains are fairly chunky so he can push and pull them round the track really easily.
I can see this becoming a firm favourite in our house – and not just with the kids!!! This would be the perfect Christmas gift for any train mad boy or girl! It can be bought here for £44.99.
*We were sent one of these sets for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.