My son is obsessed with his trains right now. He received quite a bit at Christmas from family and friends. Daddy would spend so much time helping our soon to be 2 year old put the tracks together just to have then come apart while he was playing, roughly, on the tracks.
Finally we decided it would be better if Daddy glued them down to a board that we could just pull out from under the sofa any time he wanted to play with his trains.
My husband bought a piece of ply wood, sanded down the sides, and painted it. After we let the board dry he arranged the tracks on the board and nailed them down, using very short nails so it wouldn’t go all the way through. And used liquid nail panel glue to keep the tracks down nice and still.
Needless the say both kids love it! Now they can use the trains and hot wheels all around the track. And it stores away easily under the sofa. Thanks Daddy!