How can I make toy trains more creative?

How can I make toy trains more creative?

Cargo cars make a world of difference, because they allow kids to take characters they love and create new narratives. As parents who have had to drag their screaming children away from bookstore train tables know, many Thomas sets used to contain a set of black cargo cars. These retired items are still available, but expensive. Many of the large wooden railway sets (like the Vicarstown Dieselworks my son is so fond of) include a cargo car as well as an engine, so they can be a good value. If you don't need any more tracks, cargo cars are harder to find in toy stores. But there are plenty of cargo cars for the online hunter to find. I've rounded up some of the best options below. 

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What are the best kids books without pictures?

What are the best kids books without pictures?

I love a beautifully illustrated children's book just as much as the next parent who has read the same words 17 times today. But sometimes, I wonder if we aren't selling young children short by relying too heavily on the pictures. Wonderful children's books like The World of Pooh are long and punctuated by sparse black and white drawings, and yet even young children will sit and listen to full chapters of it. 

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