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Do your kids have any old trains lying around? It’s time to put those train tracks to new use and try something a little different with them. Try some train chain reactions with dominoes. It turns your train tracks into a physics activity that is too much fun to pass up. This could be a wonderful STEM activity for kids to determine the best set up.
I have a blogger friend, Jessica Petersen over at Play Trains who just published the most creative book called Old Tracks, New Tricks. It is completely adorable and my kids have just pored over it since it came in the mail.
The story is about a set of train tracks who want to do new and interesting things. They just have to convince the old trains that it is ok to do something different.
They create all kinds of creative adventures using their tracks and the trains and have a lot of fun doing it.
At the end of the book, there are instructions for making many of the activities in the book with your own trains and tracks. My kids could not wait to pull out their little-used train set and do some new things with it.
The Old Tracks, New Tricks book also came with a train track piece with a cute little face on it just like in the book. AND it included a couple of temporary tattoos to put faces on your own tracks. We loved this. They are the cutest!
The idea of combining train tracks with other toys was something my kids had not considered, but it opened a new world to their play! Now they are asking for additions to their train set! 🙂
Set Up Your Own Train Chain Reactions with Dominoes!
Just assemble your track as usual and try a few different set-ups to see which one will move the fastest and knock over the domino chain. Ours worked best with one train car and a hill to get it moving quickly.
Or try some other new and creative way to play with your old train tracks. This book will definitely get your minds going with new ideas.
Watch our train chain reaction in action: