The Toddler Toy Gift Idea That Didn’t Work

I desperately wanted Norton to be interested in trains.  Trains are a stereotypical toddler toy for a little boy, right?  Even better, trains are a toddler toy that I kind of think are awesome and I could get down on the floor and play with.  Play them with Norton, I mean.  Then, of course, there’s the whole “Prince George is a railroad town” thing.  And that one of those train lines runs near my house and can easily be observed.  And that Norton’s Grumpy worked for the railroad and loves trains, so it’s something that they would play with together… and… well, really, I could list a thousand reasons why I would love for Norton to develop an obsession with trains.

I’ve tried to get Norton interested in watching Thomas and Friends.  He kind of watches it, but, really, he’s only interested when it’s musical.  Still, he kind of pays attention to the show, so we (okay, I) hoped that we’d found something of interest.  I started browsing online to find wooden trains that were appropriate and found the Thomas and Friends Wooden Railway series.  I was in love.  And I decided that we were going to flood the Christmas tree with lots and lots of Thomas toys and wooden train accessories.  It would be awesome and we were going to play lots.

I had it all figured out.  We were going to go ahead and order the Early Engineers Roundabout Station, some extra track, and a couple of the other trains.  Norton and I would sit on the floor and play for hours while we built different configurations of track.  It was going to be awesome.

The husband, however, is more sensible than me.  He also remembered how things seldom work out as well as I’d hoped they would, and I end up getting upset and disappointed.  He figured we should look at them and see how Norton likes them.  So we loaded up and took Norton to Gingerbread Toys, a local toy shop with a wonderful Thomas selection and a table with track for kids to try out.

It actually didn’t work out so well.  It turned out that Norton had zero interest in the trains.  None.  At all.

So, yeah.  As much as I’d hoped that Norton would be crazy about the wooden trains and we’d spend hours playing with them, it didn’t quite pan out.  Fortunately, I usually manage to come up with some decent toddler toy ideas in the end.

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. Bummer! Jayman was obsessed with trains for a while, but now he’s all about big machines and construction equipment. Hard to keep up with the kids going through all their phases! 🙂

  2. I am hoping my kids will be as interested in play kitchens and play food as I am…sometimes the best laid plans…


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