Children are so fascinated by animals –how they live, how they eat, and how they look. This isn’t surprising as animals are fascinating creatures in themselves, although there’s also the interest in caring for them as pets. The popularity of children’s toys depicting animals, whether the wild or tame variety, can be attributed to such fascination.
The Fisher-Price Little People Caring for Animals Farm Playset is one such toy in the sense that it addresses children’s interest in taking care of farm animals – without the manual labor, of course. Parents can use it in several ways, too, such as in answering children’s questions, teaching them the basics of caring for pets and of life in the farm, and entertaining them for an hour or more.
Fisher-Price Little People Caring For Animals Farm Playset Features
The toy barn measures 5.4 x 23.5 x 15.5 inches, a relatively large play house where toddlers are concerned, and weighs 4 pounds. Even toddlers can carry the play house, say, from their bedroom to the living room or kitchen.
There’s a simple assembly required but it’s just two easy steps. The kids meanwhile can play with the figures, perhaps even make up stories about them.
Toy barn set with human and animal figures
The toy barn is quite large, as mentioned before, but it can be partly folded in on itself for transport and storage. Since it’s the right size for toddlers, it will soon be among their favorites so you, the parent, will think that you enjoyed good value for your money – and you did! The colors are traditional, too, especially with the red roof and white walls.
The set includes several figures – a Farmer Jed figure and four animals. The animals in each set can be different, such as a chicken, horse, cow, and calf in one set and a chicken, duck, pig, and horse in another set. The types and number of animals and humans can be increased, too, by adding other Little People figures from other sets.
The toy barn is also divided into distinctive areas. There are four stable areas where the animals can sleep in, so to speak, while a “blanket” is attached to the division between two of these areas. The “blanket” is such a fun toy for kids because they can use it for tucking the animals into bed, just as they are also being tucked into bed by their parents. There’s also a nesting area for the hen and her chicks.
Even without the fun sounds, the toy barn and its figures will keep your kids entertained for an hour or more. You will be delighted that they actually make up scenarios about farm life or about the animals’ interactions with each other. You can even join in on the fun!
Plenty of interactive features for children’s enjoyment and development
This being the 21st century, children enjoy the animal sounds, metal bells, and fun phrases made by the play set. These are usually activated by manual actions from the players, such as pressing on the buttons, opening the doors, and turning the corn silo.
There are two discovery buttons. First, the discovery button that activates the animal sounds, fun songs, and silly phrases, all of which the kids love! The cacophony of these sounds mimic somewhat the noise in a working farm while the songs and phrases are mostly related to farm life. Your children will likely pick up on these sounds, too, which will add to their enjoyment.
This discovery button also opens the doors of the stalls. The combination of an opening door and fun sounds further tickle a child’s imagination.
Second, the discovery button activates the mechanism that hatches the chick. But that’s not all! The hayloft can also be opened and Farmer Jed and his animals can be dropped through it. The action will also activate the fun sound effects and songs.
The corn silo at the side of the barn can also be rotated so that the corn-popping sounds – pop, pop, pop! – can be heard. The metal bell near the roof can also be sounded off as a call for the animals to come and eat. While all of these are make-believe, the children love doing them because they can control the scenarios.
Due to these interactive features, the playset addresses multiple development aspects. Your children get sensory stimulation from the bright colors, fun sounds and songs, and different textures from the figures and buttons.
You will also find them becoming more curious about animals and farmers, a learning opportunity that you can contribute to. You are also allowing them the opportunity to play with others and, thus, express themselves in more constructive ways.
- Easy to assemble
- Comes as a complete set but can be expanded
- Provides a wide range of learning opportunities for children
- Durable build
- No volume control
The Fisher-Price Little People Caring for Animals Farm Playset is designed to encourage toddlers to share their toys, make up stories, and be more aware about caring for animals. The number of play elements in it make it such an enjoyable toy for most children regardless of their gender.