It's been years since we've had a train set in our house. Sebastian's set was his favorite thing for a solid two years as he went through the Thomas phase but then it got traded out for Transformers and donated to a family that lost everything in a fire one Christmas. Ruby never expressed much interest in wanting one so it never made any of the gift lists when birthdays rolled around.
This train set, however, was a game changer. It has animals and cute trapeze girls that can ride on the horse or do tricks on the balance beam and so many pieces that allow little minds to create all kinds of stories. As you can see, this horse is stuck on the tracks because it got up on the balance beam and it can't get down. Things are not looking good for the horse.
It gets a little tricky to enjoy your train set when there are babies running amock. They like to throw the trapeze artists and chew on the elephant. Someday they'll figure out trains aren't for eating but for now the horse on the tracks has an even bigger problem. So does Ruby.
Thankfully we are learning to enjoy this train set in shifts. Ruby can play with it when Smith is napping and Smith can play with it when she's at school. Even though this set is suggested for ages 3-8, it's nice to know they can both enjoy it (under mama's watchful eye) and that we'll get many more years of use out of this beautiful set.
I am a big fan of wooden toys for our kids because they last longer and just feel better in their hands. With three children, we're bound to have kids' toys scattered throughout the house but when they're this well designed and attractive, I don't mind having them semi-permanently taking up one corner of our dining room. It's a great way to get some weaving time in while Smith occupies himself and I love watching Ruby make up stories about the animals.
If you're in the Springfield, MO area, Jellybeans has an incredible in store selection of Janod and Plan wooden toys as well as so many other exceptional gifts for babies, kids, and tweens. Their online shop has some special items as well if you're looking for a baby shower gift and they carry brands like Joah Love and Paper Wings if you're on the hunt for summer clothes for the kids. Also, I'm loving this for Smith. Is it too early to start a Christmas list?
It's really fun having a local shop that carries so many items that usually can only be found online (in a town this size) and their store is gorgeous. It's like when you walk into Anthropologie and all of your senses start getting overwhelmed with so many beautiful things to look at and suddenly you need to touch all the dresses and smell all of the candles!
That but for kids. And moms that like to shop for kids.
You can follow them on Instagram under @shopjellybeans to see what they offer in store and online as well as for sales and events. Also, if you're in town, go visit their shop at Farmers Park and then go next door to eat at Metropolitan Farmer or The Aviary. You can thank me later.
Note: Jellybeans kindly offered this train set for us to review and enjoy but all opinions of their fab shop and store and this darling set are my own. I'm so happy to share some love for local companies and all they have to offer!