Some of the fun, imaginative play that happened on New Year's day included the zoo I made for Elliot for Christmas last year and some new train tracks he got for Christmas this year. We're not a huge train family. We lived happily on just a single circle track for the last few years. But adding a few more pieces, plus some new plain train cars, and Elliot's favorite toys of all times--his plastic animals--and we had one amazing Zoo Train. The train could drive right through the zoo and see all of the animals. Just a few simple toys, plus a playful and engaged Mumma (this is often key to getting good play time out of Elliot), and we had one happy little guy.
PS... I'd love to take him on the real Zoo Train at the Portland Zoo. So far he only knows of it as a game we play with his toys in our living room. It would blow his mind to be on an actual Zoo Train!