Intelino Smart Train | Review & Giveaway

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Intelino Train Track

We have always enjoyed playing with train sets. From when Big J was little we still have both the wooden and plastic Thomas the Tank Engine sets that come down from the loft from time to time. Of course times have moved on and although the classics are usually the best there is also room to add and innovate these days with technology. 


Intelino Smart Train

Intelino have developed the 'Smart Train' which looks to build on the classic set with a number of add-ons that can help children's development in STEM and in coding, which is really popular at the moment. 

Intelino Smart Train track pieces

The starter set itself contains the Train and Wagon, 20 pieces of track, 40 colour snaps and some stickers to decorate your train. You can also buy extra packs containing track, snaps and there is also an adaptor set that you can buy that will allow you to add the intelino set to your existing wooden train track. 

Intelino Train and Track

Intelino Train and Track

Set up is easy. The track pieces snap together easily and you have enough to create a reasonably complex track if you wish. The train requires a charge before first use, but does last a long time before needing charging again.  The snaps, which are the coding instructions for the train to follow snap into the track really easily and come out again just as easily. 

The Smart train offers two different ways to play. You can choose to use a device such as an Ipad to control everything, or you can use the snaps alone to code instructions onto the track that the train will then follow. its good to have an option that is device free to give some time away from the screen. 

track pieces

To use the Snaps, you first start with a white snap piece that tells the train an instruction is coming. Next you use a combination of colours from the instruction sheet to give instructions.  You can choose the speed from three settings, tell the train to go left, right or straight on at an intersection, make the train stop, make the train drop off the wagon, make the train make different sounds and also change the lighting on the train. You can even put the train into reverse.  Its amazing to see how the train reacts quickly to the snaps, especially when you put a sequence of instructions one after the other. 

ipad

Intelino Train Track

When in device mode, you need to download the intelino app, pair the train within the app via bluetooth and then you have a very simple control panel to control everything. You can control the same things as you can with snaps all at the touch of the screen. The added benefit of pairing with the app is the ability to design your own snap instructions. This gives an extra layer of complexity for the child, and we loved the idea of choosing our own instruction for the train. 

Intelino Train and Track

Intelino Train

Overall, the Intelino Smart Train is great on its own, or when combined with your existing wooden set.  We haven't added the wooden set in yet as we wanted to explore everything that the set can do before hand. Little J has really enjoyed playing with the set and creating his own tracks, and it's been good to see him using his imagination with the snaps and coding and develop an understanding of how programs work in a simple way. 

To read more visit Intelino or view the range to buy on Amazon.

If you would like to be in with the chance to win your very own Intelino Smart Train Starter Set then all you need to do is complete the entry form below. Make sure you pop back every day after 8:30pm and check the entry form for extra chances to win. 


John

24 comments

  1. This looks wonderful and will definitely make a wonderful Christmas gift for kids this year - I think Jack would love this.

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  2. OMG, I know my nephew would absolutely love this smart train, he is obsessed with trains and we take him every weekend to see them.

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  3. This sure looks like a wonderful train set! Sounds like fun using with the app! I am sure my kids would like this too.

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  4. This looks like the perfect train set for helping the kids learn STEM subjects. Sebby loves playing with his godfathers train set and help set up the electrics, so am sure he would enjoy this

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  5. Thank you for your indept review of the Intelino Smart Train. I am already looking for Christmas gifts for my nephew and this looks perfect for him

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  6. wow that looks like an impressive train set , I am sure my nephews would love that for Christmas.

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  7. This looks so good and it's huge! My little ones would love this, they'd play with it all day!

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  8. Oh wow this sounds so different! Never heard or seen anything like this before

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  9. we have the wooden train set and daddy has an old hornby so this would be such a good bridge between the two for my littles

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  10. This looks really interesting, love how you can team it up with the app. It sounds so educational, helping your children learn the basics of coding.

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  11. This looks really fab! My youngest would love playing with this in our garden

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  12. This looks excellent. How old is Little J please? I'm not sure if my older son would be too old, he's already pretty competent with Scratch.

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  13. This looks amazing-my son would have a field day with this!
    Great that it's wooden too!

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  14. I am so looking forward to visiting my daughter and grandchildren in the USA we were due to visit this year.

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  15. I'm looking forward to travelling to Goa.

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  16. So far I haven't needed a Covid-19 test-crossed fingers.

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  17. My Grandson would love this. He is train mad

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  18. This would be a perfect gift for my Grandson.

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  19. Lovely, my little boy be over moon with this

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  20. Lovely, my little boy be over moon with this

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  21. Lovely, my little boy be over moon with this

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  22. This looks fabulous my grandson is train mad he'd love this Thanks for the chance

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  23. so cute I think many kids would enjoy this very much for christmas!

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