Saturday, November 02, 2013
Encouraging the next generation of modeller.
My Grandson, Thomas, is nearly three. He loves all things steam -Swanage Railway, Great Dorset Steam Fair etc. etc. He has LEGO trains but he wants a railway like Gramps!
So- who am I to argue?
I have been aquiring a train set for a three year old, nothing complicated, just a small layout to encourage his enthusiasm- don't worry I will get him into 3mm at a later date.
It really is encouraging that when mentioned to fellow modellers they are really supportive. I bought a basic set from Wimborne exhibition, Simon Kohler sold me a couple of promotion engines for a song and this, the latest, which is a wagon from the year of Thomas's birth. Add to this a Red Arrows van, Polo tank, Tango van and you get the idea. All a three year old wants is movement and recognition of something that he knows. All I have to do now is build the baseboard and hopefully Christmas will be a quiet time for me but a fun time for a three year old starting the journey to become a proper modeller.
Will the layout be scenic-NO! A plain board on which he can draw his roads, station, trees etc will develop his awareness of his surroundings and plant a seed!