From a few months old, I noticed that Emma loved all things with wheels. As the months have gone on, this love has grown and she gets so excited seeing cars, trains and buses. We even have to stop dead in our tracks when she hears a aeroplane or helicopter overhead. So when we were asked to review the BRIO Classic Figure of 8 train set, I knew this little one would be beyond excited.
BRIO are a Swedish company producing classic, wooden toys for children since 1884, ranging from train sets to rattles to walkers. I’ve always been a big fan of BRIO as their train sets in particular are such high quality. Emma is a huge fan of taking little figurines or vehicles along with her when we got out, so the train set ticks another box too.
The BRIO Classic Figure of 8 train set comes in an A4 sized box and the train tracks, trains and accessories are neatly fit inside. As this is our first time putting something together with Emma right next to me, eager to get going, I was pleased that it was very easy to put together. Just seven pieces to form each circular train track and in the middle, a connector track is placed so the trains can complete the figure of eight.
The set comes with 3 individual trains that are easily connected together by magnets, plus a train station and 3 fir trees. It didn’t take any time at all for Emma to be playing with the train set and watching her imagination grow has been lovely. She enjoys taking the train on little routes and will happily sit playing for half an hour or so without interruption. A toy worth having to hand! It’s also great news for parents that all BRIO sets are compatible with other models so if you get another set, you can combine them together.
Another plus point for me is its size. As we don’t have the biggest living room, it’s perfect that the set is easy to put up and take down at any time. Unfortunately as much as we would love to have a big train set, we are already quite full up with the toy kitchen and dolls’ house too! The size was perfect to me and a great starter train set for young toddlers to try out before moving onto bigger models.
- Suitable for children aged 2 years+
- A set perfect for a first train set
- Helps with hand-eye coordination
- Can be used with other BRIO playsets to further imaginative play
- RRP £37.99
We are enjoying our BRIO Classic Figure of 8 train and although it does seem an expensive toy, there is no doubt that it is high quality and designed to last. The train tracks are so well designed and realistic too, with the activity promoting hand-eye coordination and development of motor skills. I can’t wait to add to our collection too with an extended train track and perhaps more trains. We recently took the set on a family trip away with us and even Emma’s uncle was excited to join in the fun…
Disclaimer: I was sent a BRIO Classic Figure of 8 Train Set for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own and we will only endorse products and services that I feel are of benefit to our readers.