Tuesday, January 19, 2010

My Weekend Project - The Train Table

So this past weekend I had little project. My in-laws gave my son a train table for Christmas that we were just able to transport home last week after the wedding. So on Saturday (while he was taking a nap) I put it together. It is pretty awesome. The pictures below don't even really do it justice. I mean it's just a simple low to the ground table with a landscape scene printed on it but to my son it's magical. We set up the tracks and the accessories and he runs the trains around it. Well actually he has so many trains that he hooks them all together that it makes it hard to go around the corners. He uses his imagination and has the trains talk to each other and do little jobs. He crashes them in spectacular fashion and hollers out, "Cinders and Ashes!" just like they do on the show Thomas the Tank Engine. It's great and you know what the best part is? He isn't sitting there staring at the TV or a video game. This is active and mind engaging play!


What do you think? I'm actually pretty proud of my handiwork.
-Doc

19 comments:

Mandy said...

I think that is fantastic. After seeing your pictures this weekend I am already considering a train table for Zach's birthday in June, or perhaps next Christmas. I know he would love it.

I think anything that engages the brain and gets them out from in front of the TV is terrific.

Keep up the awesome Daddy-work!

Doc said...

yes, I am sorry you guys if you are my FB friend and have already seen these pictures. I figured I would share here as well.

Sorcerer said...

fantastic!!

Paige said...

Both my kids were seriously into Thomas. It was awesome to see them play. We even took my daughter to ride on the full size Thomas just before my son was born. So many great memories.

Matt-Man said...

Nice Job. My son is 15 and some days I miss these kinds of things. And then I think about his ear infections, and his projectile vomiting on me, and then I don't miss those times quite as much. Cheers Doc!!

Southern Belle said...

The destructions must have been easy to read, I don’t see any zip ties or duck tape! Great job!

3 Men and a Lady said...

Train tables are awesome! My oldest loved his trains and I am so glad I saved them for our youngest. Is "cinders and ashes" trainspeak for "dammit to hell!"??

LOL

Christine said...

That is too kewl. Great job. My son would have loved that when he was younger. Actually, he'd probably love it now at 21. Seems like your enjoying it too. :-)

Candice said...

Excellent job!

Aidan was a train fanatic when he was litte, specifically Thomas The Train. Definitely not a cheap little hobby, but it was worth every penny to see him sit and play for hours with his trains and train tables'. Yes, he had 2 of them!

Evil Twin's Wife said...

My oldest had a train table when he was younger, then we packed it away. The Evil Twin dragged it out and set it up for Sissy and they BOTH had a blast with it.

Then we got out the big Playmobile Castle and the train table is back in storage for a bit. We can only have one thing with a million parts out at a time!

The Mountain Cat said...

Awesome Doc. Maybe you should play your George Carlin records for Patrick when he plays with the trains...or maybe not...

Karen said...

That is cool. Every kid I know has one of these table trains. I don't even know what they heck they are all about and hew they became so popular. I also don't know about "cinder and ashes", but it sounds sort of dark and scary to me.

Jay said...

That is awesome dude! Very nice. Looks like a lot of fun for kids. And grown up kids. LOL

jennifer said...

I am so impressed! A LOOOONG time ago, we looked at a table like this for my daughters. It's the coolest thing! We didn't buy it though and just invested in more Barbies. My son came along, and being the third child, we just brought home a refrigerator box for him to play in. Nothing says I love you like a giant cardboard container.

SO glad your son is a first child and can enjoy this cute table!

Doc said...

1st and ONLY child... I am lucky that I can half keep up with him... I have no idea what I would do with 2!

Micky-T said...

That's great! You know you have to get him an engineers cap now, right?
Sooo Doc.......there seems to be a lot of track kinda going nowhere, did it come with directions? hee hee

Doc said...

Hush it Mic!!

you should see when I lay it out on the ground... TONS of track!

and yes he has an engineer hat!

Chandra said...

My oldest son had one too! He was OBSESSED with Thomas the Train. We literally had a clothes basket full of trains and another full of tracks..that is until we got smart and bought the table. Hope he has an awesome time with it, you did an awesome job!
(I can't even bring myself to think how much money we had invested in all the trains and tracks..eee gads!)

terri said...

I love that Thomas the Tank Engine is still so popular with kids. My almost-21 year old was crazy about that show when he was little.

The train table looks like a ton of fun! Nice work!