At the beginning, I couldn't understand the attraction Aaron had to Thomas & Friends. After 2 years of reading multiple Thomas stories daily, I'm finally getting it. In fact, I am grateful for the first book that was gifted to Aaron because Thomas has turned out to be a "really useful engine" indeed. So, here are the 13 reasons why I like Thomas & Friends.
1) They keep Aaron entertained and quiet during Mass on Sundays.
2) They were instrumental in teaching Aaron numbers.
3) I also used the faces on the engines to teach Aaron about the various emotions.
4) Aaron is starting to read the names of the engines.
5) Drawing engines is what taught Aaron how to use a pencil well.
6) It has been great for building Aaron's vocabulary.
7) The videos are usually no more than 6 minutes so its easy to use as short distractions throughout the day.
8) I genuinely like the melodies to a lot of the songs. My favorite is "Patience". Its great as a positive way to ask Aaron to wait.
9) The songs usually only have a single verse and chorus. Very important for when your toddler asks you to sing sing sing.
10) While there are plenty of accidents in the stories and videos, they don't appear as violent and "crazy" as those in some other kids cartoons.
11) The idea of engines that have faces and can speak is far fetched. Yet, the setting and stories are realistic and detailed enough to interest Aaron in real life stations, quarries, docks and of course construction equipment.
12) Some of the books are small enough to fit in my handbag. Whenever Aaron gets antsy, I just whip one out and everything is solved.
13) I love sitting back and watching Aaron make up his own stories with his engines. His imagination is really taking off!