There’s no arguing that wooden train sets are an amazing toy. They teach children both Fine and Gross motor skills, problem-solving, logical thinking, creativity, vocabulary and more.
The more track pieces and accessories you have the bigger the set you can build. However, the more track, trains and buildings you have the more you may be wondering about how to store a wooden train set.
The more thought children have to put into figuring out where each piece should go and how to join up the elements the better their learning experience. Our ultimate wooden train guide will give you more ideas as to the best wooden train sets and top tips about compatibility between train sets.
Storing Play Trains in Train tables
If you have space a train table can be good. Both because you can have a track set out and ready to play with at all times, and because you can use the space underneath for storing extra track and accessories.
Some train tables come with a large drawer on wheels that sits underneath which is particularly handy for storage.
Train tables can also be used in loads of other ways. The Bigjigs train table is perfect for farm play (or other animals), playing with cars or as a base for building with blocks (and bigjigs trains are compatible with Brio). And if you cover the surface it’s perfect for arts and crafts, puzzles, games and more.
Organizing wooden trains and track in Drawers and Toy Storage Tubs
For the track and the trains using drawers or storage tubs with dividers work really well. Separating track by shape and size not only allows for neat and tidy storage but makes it easy for children to see the track they have to work with and decide which piece to use next.
If you keep your trains in the bedroom, storage tubs with wheels that can live under the bed are ideal, and many of these will also fit under a sofa if you’re living room is also the playroom.
When it comes to the accessories, some, such as signs and trees also work well stored in shallow storage tubs with dividers. However, bigger accessories such as bridges, tunnels, trains, pirate ships and fire stations will not fit so neatly.
For these bulkier items bigger storage boxes or arranging on shelves works best. And having a few items of your train set on display will remind children it’s there and encourage them to play.
How to Store Kids Toys for future generations
Wooden toys are timeless. The train sets you can buy today are very similar to the ones you would have had as a child, and for many, it is their own train set that’s been bought out of the attic for their children.
When it comes to storing wooden toys long term for future generations there are a few things you should consider.
- Keep toys somewhere they will stay dry. Unlike their plastic counterparts, wooden toys don’t like getting damp so make sure you store them somewhere dry.
- Avoid extremes of temperature. Wood grows and shrinks when it encounters heat and cold so choose an area that doesn’t get too hot or too cold.
- Remove any batteries before storing toys. Even wooden train sets (most brands are compatible) can be made more fun with the addition of a battery-operated train. Just make sure you take the batteries out before you store.
FAQs; How to Store a Wooden Train Set
How should I organize my child’s trains for storage?
Organize your wooden trains by type, size, or theme to make them easily accessible when you want to play. Consider using compartments or containers within your storage space, separating vehicle loads by the type of car or train.
A train table is a great option for daily play.
Should I store my wooden trains in plastic bags?
It’s generally not recommended to store trains in plastic bags for extended periods as they may trap moisture. However, short-term storage in a plastic bag for transport or protection can be okay.
How can I store toy trains safely to prevent damage?
Store toy trains in a dry, cool place, away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures that could damage old rubber tires. This helps prevent warping or paint damage.
What’s the best way to store wooden train tracks?
Storing wooden tracks flat or stacked can help prevent warping. Consider a dedicated container or a drawer for easy access.
Is bubble wrap suitable for protecting my toy trains during storage?
Bubble wrap is an excellent choice for cushioning and protecting your toy trains from scratches and minor impacts during storage.
Should I use alkaline tissue paper for wrapping my wooden trains?
Alkaline tissue paper can help protect your wooden trains from acidic materials that may cause damage over time. It’s a good choice for long-term storage.
Can I mix modern trains with older wooden train sets during storage?
Yes, you can mix modern and older wooden trains for storage, but make sure they are clean and in good condition to avoid any potential transfer of dirt or damage.
How do I store toy trains and tracks to make them easily accessible for play?
Consider using a storage system that allows quick access to your toy trains and train tracks, such as labeled bins or shelves with designated spaces for each piece.
This is especially important if you have a Montessori playroom and want your child to take the lead in their play choices- you will need storage solutions that make the toys accessible.
Can I store toy trains on their second or third tissue layers?
It’s generally best to store toy trains with minimal layers of protection to ensure easy access to the trains and train tracks. Deeper layers beyond an initial wrap may make retrieval more cumbersome.
Remember that proper storage helps maintain the quality and longevity of the play trains and train tracks, ensuring years of enjoyable playtime. It pays to spend time checking out the best storage solutions!