I kept things pretty simple because all of the kids were under 5 (possibly even 4). So I made sure we had every train set out we had and available to play with. This one got a lot of love. The cool thing is all these trains also double up as decoration.
We (by we I mean my husband, under my instruction) made railroad tracks all around the living room, through the kitchen and down the hall to the tunnel that the kids could run along. I also made 'train cars' for them out of legal file boxes, which are a lot stronger than normal ones. They were painted red and had names put on them, with a number, and we even had some small black balloons in the back to make it look like steam. They enjoyed pulling them around with stuffed animals, toys or even other kids in them.I had thought about doing a 'coal toss' using crumpled up pieces of black paper and shooting them in a box but I ended up not doing it. I like to try and stay as flexible as possible and let the kids decide what they'd like. A lot of time was spent inside playing with trains as well as out in the back yard in the sandbox, on bikes or jumping on the trampoline. It was mostly just fun and relaxed.
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