Created in 1946 by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry, Thomas the Train stories captured the imagination of millions of children. Thomas pulled into America's homes through television in 1989 and later starred in his own movie in 2000. The beloved train steamed onto the Internet in 1996 through enjoyable games and colouring pages. The games are broken down into three skill levels: easy, medium, and difficult. The easy skill tab offers 14 different games while the medium tab has 11 games. The difficult skill tab has 8 games. Overall, 18 distinct games are offered on the Thomas and Friends website.
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Build an Engine
In this enjoyable puzzle type game, the player drags pieces of the engine onto a greyed out engine picture. Each time a piece is placed on the correct spot, it clicks into place. A word of encouragement is displayed each time a piece is placed correctly. The easy level breaks Thomas into five pieces. Once assembled, he pulls out on the track. The difficult level breaks Duncan into 12 pieces.
Jigsaw puzzles offer children a spatial challenge. The easy level starts a player out with a four-piece puzzle, while the difficult level offers 12 piece puzzles. The puzzle pieces are mixed up and turned in different directions. Click on the puzzle piece to rotate it to the correct spatial direction. Players can move pieces anywhere on the puzzle board. The pieces click together when placed with other adjoining pieces. The Den puzzle has six pieces, while the Belle puzzle is more difficult, with nine pieces.
Players help the engines get to the station by using problem solving skills. The Great Discovery game allows players to choose their game piece from four different engines: Thomas, James, Percy, and Stanley. Each engine must clear four items on the train track. Four pictures of possible solutions are displayed at the bottom of the page. When the player clicks on the correct solution the problem disappears and the engine moves along the track. Move the mouse slowly around the greyed area to scroll to a new problem. The problems can be corrected in any order.
Children can help Sir Topham Hatt match the train cars. The easy level allows a player to match six Thomas and friends picture cards. Ten cards form the medium skill level matching game, while the difficult level matches 18 cards. A Thomas train horn sounds when a match is made. A clock in the corner of the screen times how quickly players match the cards.
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