What toddler doesn’t love barns, farm animals and songs! So I anticipated that the Fisher Price Little People Fun Sounds Farm would be a hit with my 2 ¾ year old son. I was not mistaken.
The Little People Fun Sounds Farm was easy to assemble. Grandma and Grandpa were in charge of the operation and managed to piece it together in about 5 minutes, with the help of a pair of bifocals and a screwdriver. Most of the pieces snapped in, with the exception of one brace that had to be screwed in.
The Fun Sounds Farm comes with a large barn, some fencing to build a paddock , a bale of hay and 4 animals. Included are a cow, a sheep, a horse, and a farmer. Other characters are available to purchase additionally. You can also purchase separately a garden, a duck pond or a vegetable stand, so it is possible to build on your investment with coordinating pieces that “click” on.
The architecture of the barn is well designed. There are 3 interior levels where your child can create play with the animals. There are also lots of gates to open and close, a silo that holds the pieces when not in use, and a hay bailer that moves. The more moving the pieces, the better as far as my son is concerned, and of course this helps with fine motor skills coordination. The toy also delivers on its promise of exposing your child to imaginary play, as my son loves to imagine the animals talking to one another or being corralled in the paddock.
The Fun Sounds Farm delivers on its name as it plays many sounds and songs. Almost every moving piece plays a tune when engaged. When the gates are opened or closed, they will play either an animal sound or sing a little tune. I find the songs a little gratuitous for my liking, but my son did some dancing them. The songs get old quickly, but the animal noises have staying power.
I judge a toy by its ability to keep my son engaged over long periods. This toy definitely engaged my son for an hour or so upon opening. He didn’t want to go to bed which is always a sign of a successful toy, and he wanted to get up early the next day to “play farm”. I could see this farm being a favorite for many months as a medium to imagine many different scenarios and have visits from our other toys such as our lions, elephants and even Thomas the Train.
The quality of the toy is comparable to the quality of other Fisher Price toys and their competitors in today’s market. It is made of thin plastic that will crack if stepped on. Such is the standard in this day and age. I understand the reasoning for the quality, however, it does sadden me a bit, especially when I compare it to the original Fisher Price Farm, which I had as a child from the early 1980’s.
My mother has kept this farm all these years and we have it now for our son to play with. If that’s not love, I don’t know what is. It is difficult not to compare the two farms.
The modern day farm is much more interactive with all the gates, sounds, and moving parts. However, the original farm is still standing and of much higher quality. I doubt the Fun Sounds Farm would last 30 years, however, we live in a different time now where things are more dispensable and replaceable. Do I want it to last 30 years?
The original farm has animals that look more “life like”, rather than the cartoon looking animals of the Fun Sounds farm. However, the choking hazard size of the farmer and the chicken from the original Fisher Price farm have been up removed in these newer versions which is a plus. Clearly the newer larger barn has more interactive pieces which feed into a child’s imagination as well.
Overall the Fisher Price Fun Sounds Farm is a keen competitor in today’s market place of children’s toys. It is colorful, very interactive and noisy. I think this is best suited for the 3 year old to 4 year old age group but would no doubt serve the 1 -5 age group targeted on the box. It is a toy that you could acquire with a 1 year old play, with it for a while and then tuck it away for a few months and bring it back and your child would re-discover it all over again with a different appreciation and different interests in the farm.
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Disclosure: I received the above mentioned products to sample. All opinions are honest and my own.