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My son since he was 2 has been collecting and been given various bits of wooden trains and track. Even at nearly 5 years old now he still loves playing with his wooden trains. One of the many carriages trains and wagons we have is this small milk wagon by Brio.
The wagon itself is very simple in its design there is the wooden base with wheels which has magnets at each end of the base so it can be couple up with an engine or other wagons. The top section is made again from wood and has a white black pattern to resemble a cow. The top of the wagon has a round metal section so the top of the wagon so it can be lifted off by a crane via magnets. The two sections connect to one another by two wooden prongs on the base and two holes in the top sections. We have a crane that is used to move boulders around from trains so my son uses this to move and lift the milk wagon from its base. Whilst he finds it very easy to remove the wagon top from the base he actually finds it very tricky to get the top back on to the base and rather than using purely the crane to manoeuvre it on he also needs to guide it with his hands too. However whilst this is a problem it never detracts from the play and indeed we have the same problem with the coal and fish wagons we also have.
The wagon is very robust and has coped well over several years with being played with and knocks it gets in the toy box without any damage at all. There have been no chips to the paint which I am especially pleased about as these often trains can become a bit chipped around the edges but no damage is visible at all.
Play wise as with most toy trains it is great for hand eye co-ordination as my son manipulates the train and wagon around the tracks. But it also helps him to use his fine motor skills with the crane to lift and lower it on to the wagon base and around the rest of the track where he sets up different loading bays up.
The wagon is also great for helping him develop his imagination and he uses the milk wagon as part of his train conveys as they leave the station to go around the tracks and be delivered. He also at times uses the milk truck to have come from a farm and be delivered to different shops for milk for everyone.
Overall I can't recommend this little truck enough it is well made and built to last. The fact that the top comes of and can be lifted away adds to the play potential and my son loves lifting and moving it around the train set. The milk design is easily recognisable as a milk design and one that visually appeals to my son. It is currently unavailable from Amazon but you can buy it from the London Transport Museum on line for £4.50 and my and I would both give it 5 stars.