A few weeks ago, I suggested that we pass our train table along to a younger cousin. The boys freaked. They started playing with trains with abandon. Suddenly, Thomas was no longer taboo. They built tracks down the hallway and all over the house. But the train table remained largely untouched. It was in a sad state, since I glued the tracks down in an effort to curb the destructive train crashing and track throwing that often happened within .5 seconds of "Let's play trains!" (Gorilla Glue is no match for a determined three year old.) The boys ripped up tracks, and background paper, with gusto. For months, they basically abandoned the table and built tracks in other places.
|A favorite picture, from last year.|
Meanwhile, Legos moved in, and I made the unpopular suggestion. Finally, a light bulb went on: make the train table a Lego table. I began by testing the idea for a few weeks. I moved the train table into our "play room" and flipped the boards over so that the boys would have a clean surface for Lego building.
The tracks and trains now live in one of the drawers under the table, still available for play. It is working well for us, so I decided to paint the boards in order to make it look a bit nicer. I took the boards outside, and put a drop cloth down to protect the deck.
|The ripped up front of the boards. Thanks for nothing, Gorilla Glue.|
|The back of the boards.|
Now, they are back on the train table, and everyone is happy. The train table doesn't feel like wasted space, and if I can ever sneak it out of the house for our younger cousin (what's left of) the landscape scene is still there, available for train play.
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