How to Use a Folding Train Table

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How to Use a Folding Train Table
Train sets are easier for kids to work with when they have an appropriately sized table. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Train tables can provide hours of fun for young children. With their imaginations in full swing, they can build entire scenarios, set up tracks and run their trains everywhere. For those with limited space in their home, a full-size train table dedicated exclusively to trains may take up too much space. Thankfully, manufacturers have created so-called "folding" train tables with reversible tops. These don't fold up for flat storage as the name might suggest; a folding train table transforms into a standard toddler table for playing with play dough and colouring, with the decorated train side facing down for protection.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Turn the green, decorated side of the table upward when the children want to play with trains. Bring out their train set including the tracks, mountains and trains.

  2. 2

    Secure the top of the table with the table mounting clips to hold it steady while the children play.

  3. 3

    Clean up the train set at the end of the day after they are done playing, placing all the toys away in a box.

  4. 4

    Release the mounting clips and flip the tabletop over to the plain wood side to give the kids a surface for colouring or eating. Be sure and resecure the mounting clips to hold that side of the table steady.

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