The Little People Farm has Noises A’ Plenty
This farm based toy seems simple enough – you open the various doors where the animals live and in response out sounds the noises of the animal. Targeted at 1 to 4 year olds, this farm comes with 5 figurines all surrounded by the primary colored plastic that we have come to expect from the modern update to the Little People range of toys. Part of what makes the Little People so attractive to both parents and children alike is that the chunky figures offer 3 benefits: no moving parts, they are almost indestructible, and they clean up easily. These 3 factors make them safe to play with for young children, and yet they are a ton of fun. Read on to see if the Animal Farm continues this tradition…
What’s Included With the Playset
• Farm Silo
• Main farm building with attachable chicken
• Little People cowboy figure
• Sheep figure
• Pig figure
• Horse figure
• DVD (based on version; not included in Touch and Feel playset)
Overview of the Little People Farm
Fisher Price’s Little People line of toys has a mooing, neighing barn for preschoolers! The Little People Animal Sounds Farm includes a farmer, a cow, a goat, a sheep, a pig, and a horse. There is also a chicken that remains attached to the structure. There’s quite a bit of action on this little farm. There are horse, cow, sheep, and pig sounds when the animals’ respective barn doors are opened. The chicken crows when it is moved back and forth across the top of the barn. The chicken can also be used to push the other characters down a small slide on the barn. There is a detachable silo with an opening at the top. The farmer and animals can be placed in the opening, and the silo door opens to reveal them at the bottom. Also, the doors on the side of the barn slide open to show different pictures of farm animals. It’s a very cute farm toy, but there are pros and cons to weigh before adding it to the playroom. For starters, it is important to understand that there is more than one version of this set. There is a version with the regular, molded animals and a version with textural Touch & Feel animals.
This little red farm encourages pretend play. Children can emulate the animal sounds or use the farmer to carry on with farm activities. They are not, however, limited to just farm activities. The farmer and the animals are loose, so the set can be used in collaboration with other Little People sets or with entirely different toys. This is great for creative play. Also, the working parts help to develop motor skills.
The silo is detachable, and can be used as a storage area for all of the accessories when not in use. The farmer and his animals fit nicely inside, and are easily removed by opening the silo door.
There are a couple of neat bonuses, depending upon the version. The regular version includes a free Little People DVD. The Touch & Feel version has animals with furry, fuzzy attributes, which is nice for facilitating textural awareness.
While the toy does make animal sounds, the sounds are not entirely associated with the animal figurines. The animal noises are triggered by the opening of the barn doors, and not the animals themselves. I.e., the sheep will appear to “oink” if it is in the pig’s stall when the door is opened. This could be confusing for a small child. Also, the silo comes detached from the rest of the farm very easily.
While it is nice to have a storage area for the included accessories, it may become a source of irritation if it will not properly reattach. Lastly, the Touch & Feel version has animals with plush elements to them. Not only will this make them difficult to clean, but the “furry” parts of the animal may end up in a young child’s mouth. Children in this age range often put things into their mouths, and these inviting critters are not likely to be an exception.
The Little People Farm playset is great for young children, but there is still much confusion over which version to go for. The one for at most online stores is the Touch and Feel version, whereas the one listed at Amazon.com seems to be the regular version that does not have the furry animals. Depending on your personal preference, each version has its pros and cons. However, if you are looking for a nice educational toy for a preschooler then the Fisher Price Animal Farm is nice, neat, and recommended.