Having kids brings many moments of nostalgia with so many of our childhood favourites still brought to life today in the TV shows our own kids watch and the toys that they play with. It gives us a moment to share, to tell our story about our favourite childhood things to our own kids. We all know how much a kid loves a "back in the day" story. 

One in particular that brings back memories is Thomas and Friends. That show has been airing on TV since I can remember and although it has changed over the years, my kids are as big of fans as we were growing up. We have a small collection of Thomas and Friends toys, I wish I had saved some toys from our childhood, I think they would have enjoyed them as much. 

Playtime is an essential part of growing up and as parents, we like to get down and play with our kids. It not only grows the bond between us but it also creates wonderful memories for everyone. Here are some great tips to help you create some ever-lasting memories with your little ones.

Let them be the conductor.

When our little ones decide how to play for themselves, they experience the freedom in making choices. They also learn to build a connection between choice and consequence or choice and effect. Playing a combination of "open-ended" toys such as blocks and "close-ended" toys such as their favourite Thomas & Friends toy. By using their imaginations they will be able to use the toys however they want and also learn while they play. 

Go off track. 

It's so easy to lose track of time when you are playing with your favourite toy! When children are really engaged in play they are able to let their curiosity and imagination make new ideas and concepts. We all have schedules to keep but if you happen to see your little one engaged in play, try to let him play a little longer. I often find myself saying yes to "5 more minutes mom?". 

Embrace the theme.

Bring your child's favourite characters to life with a themed party or even a play date. They will love it and be totally immersed in their favourite toys. Be sure to have a camera ready to capture all the precious moments of family and friends. You will look back on the Thomas & Friends party hats for a good laugh and walk down memory lane in the future. 

Little guy showing his baby sister how his Thomas and Friends trains work! 

ALL ABOARD FOR FRIENDSHIP with the Thomas & Friends Photo contest! 

Capturing the memory of your little one's bond between them and their favourite Thomas & Friends toy is priceless. Share your favourite memory in the #ThomasAndMeCanada Photo Contest and be entered into a contest for your chance to win a trip to Thomas Land Theme park opening in Carver, MA this summer 2015!

It's easy to enter! All you have to do is visit www.thomasandfriends.com/en-ca/thomasandme submit your photo and fill in your info to enter the contest. You'll get an email once your submitted photo is approved and voila! 

Join @ThomasFriends on Twitter and follow along with other Thomas and Friends fans with hashtag #ThomasAndMeCanada!


In celebration of making memories with Thomas and Friends, one lucky reader has the chance to win a Thomas and Friends Trackmaster Breakaway Bridge set ($21.99 value).

Please fill out the entry ballot below to be eligible to win! Open to Canadian residents 18+ (excluding Quebec). Mandatory entry must be done to qualify. One entry per household. Ends April 1st. 

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Posted by AME in participation with the Mattel #PlayAdvocate ambassador program. Complimentary product for review purposes. Comments and opinions on this blog are those of the author. Prizes provided by Mattel. 

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  1. My son loves his Thomas train table

  2. i submitted my photo to the contest. my son like his thomas the train the best

  3. I entered the Thomas and friends contest! My son loves playing with his thomas wooden train track. He particularly loves Thomas and Percy!

  4. Man, I don't even know....he loves all of them, and he has SO many. Maybe his Cranky Crane toy? Or his motorized James and Thomas...or his bathtub Thomas...

  5. Entered and they have a ride on thomas the train!

  6. I entered the contest. My son actually likes his backpack best!

  7. My little guys love their Thomas train set and table.

  8. I entered. Here is a link to my entry.
    My son's favourite is a Thomas flashlight that he has. Thanks for the chance. (Andrea Amy)

  9. Here's a link to my entry and my boys favourite Thomas Train is Spencer the Grand! http://linkis.com/thomasandfriends.com/299oW


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